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Description

Website: http://agronomy.unl.edu/plant-biology

The plant biology major is designed to provide a flexible entry for undergraduate students that have an interest in the plant sciences. Once enrolled in the program, students will take a core of classes that will allow them to continue in the plant biology major or would also allow them to easily transfer to other Life Sciences programs. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty of the Center for Plant Science Innovation as well as other departments and schools for advising and research opportunities.

The goal of the plant biology program is to offer a field of study to students who are interested and talented in the basic sciences and mathematics and who:

  1. may never have considered applying this knowledge to plants,
  2. have always dreamed of this field of study, and/or
  3. have always had an interest in plants but are uncertain that this field of study is right for them.

Studying plant biology will allow students to explore and understand plants at molecular, cellular, physiological, organismal, population, and community levels and by taking ecological, evolutionary, agricultural, and horticultural perspectives.  This is accomplished through required courses in different scientific fields (e.g., biology, biochemistry, chemistry, agronomy, horticulture) and through different options in the major (ecology and management option and biotechnology option).

The plant biology program includes a career experience/internship course (AGRO 295/RNGE 295/SOIL 295, BIOS 395, HORT 395, NRES 497) which provides the opportunity to gain work experience in an off-campus setting related to a student’s academic and career objectives.

A research project initiated by the beginning of the junior year is required.
 

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love Library South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement.
  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of plant biology will be able to:

  1. Be confident in explaining how various plants grow and reproduce and predict how they will respond to their growing environment.
  2. Plan and conduct experiments that are designed to test hypotheses and then communicate their discoveries in formats designed for other scientists or for the public.
  3. Use the principles of ecology to analyze and interpret the interactions of the plant, animal, environmental, and economic aspects of grassland ecosystems. (Ecology and Management Option)
  4. Identify management strategies for grasslands that ensure sustained productivity and resilience. (Ecology and Management Option)
  5. Envision and design genetic and production improvements in plants to better meet the needs of people or changes in plant production environments (Biotechnology Option)
  6. Be competitive applicants for graduate programs world wide in plant biology.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics
MATH 106Calculus I5
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Life Sciences
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Physics
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I4-5
or PHYS 151 Elements of Physics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4-5
Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CHEM 255
CHEM 257
Biological Organic Chemistry
and Biological Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM 251
CHEM 253
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Biochemistry
BIOC 401
BIOC 401L
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Plant Biology Core
NRES 220
NRES 222
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
or BIOS 207 Ecology and Evolution
AGRO 153 / HORT 153 / SOIL 153Soil Resources4
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
or BIOS 206 General Genetics
AGRO 278 / HORT 278Botany4
AGRO 325Introductory Plant Physiology4
AGRO 92 / HORT 92 / NRES 92Plant Biology Portfolio and Assessment0
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Plant Biology Internship/Career Experience
Select one of the following:1
Internship
Career Experience
Internship in Agronomy
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Plant Biology Independent Study/Current Project
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research in Biological Sciences
Independent Study
Current Projects and Topics in Horticulture
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1-3
Total Credit Hours58-61

Specific Major Requirements

Select either the Ecology and Management Option or the Biotechnology Option as described below.

Ecology and Management Option

Required Courses
AGRO 245 / NRES 245Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management3-4
or NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management
AGRO 444 / NRES 444 / RNGE 444Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6-7
Additional Ecology and Management Option Courses
Select at least 3 hours from each of the following five areas:
Water/Climate
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-4
Weather and Climate
Applied Climate Sciences
Microclimate: The Biological Environment
Introduction to Water Science
Geospatial Information Sciences
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-4
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Plant Identification3
Wildland Plants
Plant-Animal-Organismal Interactions
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-4
Range Management and Improvement
Soil Microbiology
The Biology of Plants
Plants in Human Medicine: Biological, Social, and Ethical Dimensions
Avian Biology
Mammalogy
Insect Biology
and Insect Identification
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Wildlife Damage Management
Ecology and Management
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-4
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Ecological Interactions
Ecosystem Ecology
Prairie Ecology
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Limnology
Wetlands
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours21-22

Biotechnology Option

Required Courses
BIOS 312Microbiology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Applications of Bioinformatics
Computational Biology
Practical Bioinformatics Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6-7
Additional Biotechnology Courses 1
Select at least 17 hours from the following three areas with at least 3 hours in each area:
Biological Sciences
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-6
Biological Invaders
Soil Microbiology
Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Cell Biology
The Biology of Plants
Biology of Cells and Organelles
Advanced Genetics
Molecular Genetics
Plant Biotechnology
Plant Biochemistry
Plant Systematics
Phylogenetic Biology
Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution
Applied Plant Biology
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-6
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
Plant Science
and Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory
Microclimate: The Biological Environment
Crop Genetic Engineering
Crop and Weed Genetics
Plants in Human Medicine: Biological, Social, and Ethical Dimensions
Plant Propagation
Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice
Introductory Plant Pathology
Plant and Food System Management
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-6
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Introductory Turfgrass Management
Crop Management Strategies
Agroecology
Invasive Plants
Animal, Food and Industrial Uses of Grain
Producing Grain for Animal, Food and Industrial Uses
Insect Biology
and Insect Identification
Food Composition and Analysis
HORT 325
Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Nursery Management and Crop Production
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Total Credit Hours23-24

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in the major or minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will count toward the major or minor, except for the Career Experience courses.

Requirements for the minor Offered by Department

Requirements for the minor include 19 hours of coursework, with a minimum of 7 hours at the 300 level or above.
 

Requirements
Select one of the following:4
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
Plant Science
and Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory
AGRO 278Botany4
AGRO 325Introductory Plant Physiology4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Focus
Select either the Biotechnology Focus or Ecology and Management Focus7-8
Biotechnology Focus
Genetics
General Genetics
Any 300- or 400-level course listed under the Plant Biology Major–Biotechnology Option
Ecology and Management Focus
Principles of Ecology
Ecology Laboratory
Any 300- or 400-level course listed under the Plant Biology Major–Ecology and Management Option
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7-8
Total Credit Hours19-20

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in the major or minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will count toward the major or minor, except for the Career Experience courses.

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Plant Biology - Ecology and Management  (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Plant Biology Core
complete AGRO 153
4hr
C

Mathematics/Statistics
complete MATH 106
5hr
C
MATH 106 also fulfills the ACE 3 requirement.

Chemistry
complete CHEM 109
4hr
C
CHEM 109 also fulfills the ACE 4 requirement.

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 2
Life Science
4hr
C
LIFE 120 and LIFE 120L also fulfill the CDR B and CDR BL requirement.

Chemistry
complete CHEM 110
4hr
C
CHEM 110 also fulfills the CDR F requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 3
Botany
complete AGRO 278
4hr
C

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
LIFE 121 or LIFE 121L become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Organic Chemistry and Lab
complete 2 from CHEM 251, CHEM 253, CHEM 255, CHEM 257
4hr
C
Complete one set course and lab.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
17 HR TERM 4
Plant Biology Core
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Plant Biology Core
complete 1 from BIOS 207, NRES 220, NRES 222
4hr
C
Complete either BIOS 207 or NRES 220 and NRES 222.

Mathematics/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
C

CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
15 HR TERM 5
BiochemistryCritical
4hr
C
BIOC 401 and BIOC 401L become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Ecology Management
complete either AGRO 245 or NRES 310
3hr

Physics
complete either PHYS 141 or PHYS 151
5hr
C

Plant Biology Core
complete AGRO92
0hr

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr
15 HR TERM 6
Plant Biology Core
complete AGRO 325
4hr
C

Ecology Management
complete 1 from METR 100, NRES 208, NRES 408, WATS 281
3hr
Choose an approved course from the Water/Climate List.

Ecology Management
complete 1 from GEOG 412, GEOG 418, NRES 312
4hr
Choose an approved course from the Geospatial Information Sciences List.

Independent Study

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.
15 HR TERM 7
Ecology Management
complete AGRO 444
3hr

Ecology Management
complete AGRO 442
3hr
Choose an approved course from the Plant Identification List.

Ecology Management
Choose an approved course from the Plant-Animal-Organismal Interactions List.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr
13 HR TERM 8
Ecology Management
Choose an approved course from the Ecology and Management List.

Career Experience

ACE 10 Capstone
complete 1 from ACE10
3hr
AGRO 403, BIOS 454, BIOS 457, or NRES 459 are recommended.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.


Plant Biology - Biotechnology  (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete MATH 106
5hr

Biological Sciences
4hr

ACE 1 Written Comm

ACE 4 Chemistry
complete CHEM 109
4hr
16 HR TERM 2
Gen Botany or Plant Sci
complete AGRO 278
4hr

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
LIFE 121 and 121L are ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Soil Resouces
complete AGRO 153
4hr

ACE 4 Chemistry
complete CHEM 110
4hr
14 HR TERM 3
Organic Chem/Lab
complete CHEM 251, CHEM 253
4hr

ACE 2 Oral Comm
complete COMM 209
3hr

College Course
complete SCIL 101
3hr

Ecology
complete BIOS 207
4hr
14 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 Physics
complete either PHYS 141 or PHYS 151
5hr

Biotechnology Option Elec

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
16 HR TERM 5
Biological ChemistryCritical
4hr
C
BIOC 321 and 321L become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Biological Sciences
complete AGRO 215
4hr

Plnt Bio Portfolio/Assess
complete 1 from AGRO92, HORT92, NRES92
0hr

Biotechnology Option Elec
15 HR TERM 6
Independent Study/Project

Biological Sciences
complete BIOS 471
4hr

Biological Sciences
complete AGRO 325
4hr

Biotechnology Option Core
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
15 HR TERM 7
ACE 6 Economics
complete either ECON 211 or ECON 212
3hr

Applied Plant Biology

Plant/Food System Mngt

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
17 HR TERM 8
Biotechnology Option Core
7hr

Career Experience

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

ACE 10 Capstone Reqt
complete 1 from ANR-ACE10
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Graduation Requirements
  1. Performance Measure: 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate results of scientific experiments to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Apply mathematical and scientific skills to solve real-world problems
  • Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Understand and use proper laboratory and technical skills and instruments
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Design and implement research experiments
  • Document and replicate processes and procedures

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • North American Trait Integration Breeder, Monsanto - Chesterfield MO
  • Plant Protection Technician, USDA - Lincoln NE
  • Data Analyst, Zoex Corporation - Houston TX
  • Associate Sales Manager, Theisen Seed LLC - Atkinson NE
  • Distance Education Instructor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln NE
  • Site Manager, Sustainable Agriculture Education - Berkeley CA
  • Groundskeeper, Burr Oak Lodge - Eagle NE
  • Graduate Research assistant, univeristy of nebraska lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Student of Doctor of Health Program, UNL - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • Intern, DuPont Pioneer - Johnston IA
  • Research Assistant, UNL Plant Pathology - Lincoln NE
  • Cover Crop Research Intern, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture - Lincoln NE
  • Research Intern, Nebraska Forest Service - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Grassland Ecology - Wood River NE
  • Pioneer Sales Associate Intern, Theisen Seed LLC - Atkinson NE
  • Crop Production Intern, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture - Lincoln NE
  • Research Intern, UNL Molecular Plant Physiology - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Ph.D., Genetics, Iowa State University - Ames IA
  • Ph.D., Evolutionary Ecology, Colorado State University - Fort Collins CO
  • Ph.D., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Purdue University - Lafayette IN
  • Ph.D., Entomology, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville AR
  • Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Colorado State University - Fort Collins CO
  • Master's Degree, Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE