Description

This degree program prepares students for careers in communications, advocacy and public service roles in the agricultural, natural resources and environmental disciplines. Degree requirements provide students a broad education combining skills and knowledge in agricultural, environmental and natural resources sciences, the social sciences and mass communications. Graduates of this program are also qualified to pursue careers in public relations, and public service in government agencies, nonprofit and private organizations.

To complete the program, students take core courses in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (ALEC) Department, and then select courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) to provide a science-based foundation for their content knowledge. Students then select one of three areas of emphasis for further course work.

The program’s general education requirements provide students a well-rounded introduction to science, communications, humanities and the social sciences. The agricultural and environmental sciences communication core provides an introduction to the areas of competence required of a professional communicator.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

1

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. 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 Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

 Learning Outcomes

Majors in agricultural and environmental sciences communication will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in visual and written communication techniques.
  2. Apply communication concepts, theories and principles of critical thinking to real world issues facing agriculture and the environment.
  3. Understand diverse perspectives related to food, fuel, water, landscapes and people in Nebraska, nationally and globally.
  4. Communicate agricultural and environmental science information in lay language to targeted audiences.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

College Integrative Courses
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
ALEC 480Capstone Experience in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication (ACE 10)3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Communications
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select one of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Reporting I
Communications & Interpersonal Skills Electives (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (Recommended)
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Communication
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)
Select 5-6 credits of the following: 15-6
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Contemporary Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5-6
Natural Sciences (ACE 4)
Select one of the following:4
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Zoology
and Introduction to Zoology Lab
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Insect Biology
and Insect Identification
Select one of the following:4-5
Chemistry in Context I
General Chemistry I
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8-9
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select 3 credits of Humanities (ACE 5)3
Select one of the following (ACE 6):3-4
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following (ACE 6):3
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Select 3 credits of Arts (ACE 7)3
Select 3 credits of Ethics (ACE 8)3
Select 3 credits of Global Awareness & Diversity (ACE 9)3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18-19
Total Credit Hours43-46
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Proficiency at the college algebra level must be demonstrated either by a placement exam or through course work. If MATH 103 College Algebra and Trigonometry is taken, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.  If MATH 106 Calculus I is completed, the ACE 3 requirement is fulfilled.

Specific Major Requirements

Required ALEC Courses
ALEC 136Fundamentals of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication3
ALEC 200Writing for Agriculture and Natural Resources3
ALEC 207 / ADPR 207Communicating to Public Audiences3
ALEC 240Digital Photography and Visual Communication for Agriculture and the Environment3
ALEC 241Mobile Video Production of Agricultural and Environmental Issues3
ALEC 305Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences3
ALEC 350Agriculture, the Environment & Science in the Media3
ALEC 388 / AECN 388Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources3
ALEC 495BInternship in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication3
Select two of the following:6
Food in Society
Land, Food and People
Podcasting to Increase Science Literacy
Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Special Topics
Independent Study in Communications
Issues Management and Crisis Communications in Agriculture
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication Practicum
Leadership in Public Organizations
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Required Communication Courses
JOUR 201Editing I3
ADPR 151Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations3
Select one of the following:3
Communication in the 21st Century
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Argumentation
Interviewing
Theories of Persuasion
Organizational Communication
Media and Culture
Interpersonal Communication Theory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours42

CASNR Agricultural Science Content Courses

Required CASNR Content Area Courses
Complete 15 hours of course work in any CASNR department. Select in consultation with academic advisor.15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours15

Program Emphasis Areas

Select one of the following three options18
Total Credit Hours18
Option 1
Select any CASNR minor in consultation wtih an academic advisor 118
Total Credit Hours18
1

Select any CASNR minor program and complete as required. Choose from CASNR Undergraduate Catalog.

Option 2
Required Course
ADPR 283Strategy Development for Advertising and Public Relations3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Group 1 - Issues Courses
Select two of the following:6
Rural Sociology
Policy Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Agricultural Development in Developing Countries
International Food and Agricultural Trade
Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Environmental Law
Water Law
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
Environmental Engagement and the Community
Contemporary Issues in Food Science
Climate in Crisis
Natural Resources Policy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Group 2 - Communication Courses
Select three of the following:9
Strategic Writing for Advertising and Public Relations
Copy and Concept
Design and Layout
Media Planning and Strategy
Digital Insight & Analytics
Strategic and Creative Concepting
Public Relations Theory and Strategy
Public Relations Techniques
Interactive Media Design
Writing for Digital Media
Advertising and Public Relations Research
Brands & Branding
Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns
Communication in the 21st Century
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Argumentation
Interviewing
Theories of Persuasion
Organizational Communication
Media and Culture
Interpersonal Communication Theory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours18
Option 3
Group 1 - Option Content Courses
Select two of the following:6
Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems
Soil Resources
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry
Animal Production Skills
Animal Products
Animal Management
Introduction to the Horse Industry and Management
Animal Welfare
Energy in Perspective
Introduction to Energy Systems
Toxins in the Environment
Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability
Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
Environmental Engagement and the Community
Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
The Earth's Energy Resources
Biological Invaders
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Microclimate: The Biological Environment
Weather and Climate
Applied Climate Sciences
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Principles of Ecology
Ecology Laboratory
Introduction to Water Science
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management
Soils, Environment and Water Quality
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Group 2 - Issues Courses
Select two of the following:6
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
Rural Sociology
Policy Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Agricultural Development in Developing Countries
International Food and Agricultural Trade
Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Environmental Law
Water Law
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
Environmental Engagement and the Community
Contemporary Issues in Food Science
Climate in Crisis
Natural Resources Policy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Group 3 - Communication Courses
Select two of the following:6
Visual Communication
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Argumentation
Interviewing
Theories of Persuasion
Organizational Communication
Media and Culture
Interpersonal Communication Theory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours18
Free Electives
Complete 0-2 credits of free electives0-2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 0-2

Requirements For Minor Offered by Department

The agricultural and environmental sciences communication minor provides students an opportunity to focus on building communication skills and knowledge in the context of global challenges and issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and water. Students complete a series of communication courses using problem-based and experiential learning strategies and combine subject area knowledge gained in courses from their majors with strategies and skills to effectively communicate in a 21st Century global society. Students enrolled in the minor will build knowledge and skills in visual literacy, media literacy, science literacy, as well as competencies and increased understanding of challenging, global, 21st Century issues related to communication, agriculture, and natural resources.

AESC Minor Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of communication in addressing 21st Century global issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and water.
  • Identify and analyze effective communication strategies for discussing challenging issues influencing food production.
  • Develop and demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication through various course assignments and projects.
  • Create messages and campaigns about controversial scientific issues utilizing critical communication theories and frameworks, as well as multimedia tools and applications for increasing the science literacy of diverse audiences.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a communications project integrated into real-world science engagement contexts connected to CASNR disciplines that demonstrates an understanding of media literacy, science literacy, visual literacy, and digital citizen concepts.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor is 18 credit hours (minimum), with three required core courses, two electives, and one required project course.
 

Core Courses - Required
ALEC 200Writing for Agriculture and Natural Resources3
ALEC 207 / ADPR 207Communicating to Public Audiences3
ALEC 350Agriculture, the Environment & Science in the Media3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Electives
Select two of the following:6
Fundamentals of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
Digital Photography and Visual Communication for Agriculture and the Environment
Mobile Video Production of Agricultural and Environmental Issues
Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
Podcasting to Increase Science Literacy
Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Issues Management and Crisis Communications in Agriculture
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Project Course - Required 1
ALEC 421Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication Practicum3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Total Credit Hours18
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Prerequisite is junior/senior status.

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.

Option 1

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
Fundamentals CourseCritical
complete ALEC 136
3hr
ALEC 136 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Economics
complete AECN 141
3hr

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 200
3hr

College Course/ACE 10
complete SCIL 101
3hr
15 HR TERM 2
ACE 2 Comm Skills
complete 1 from ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 286
3hr
ALEC 102 is recommended for the ACE 2 requirement.

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

ACE 1 Written
complete 1 from ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JOUR 202
3hr

ACE 3 Math/StatisticsCritical
3hr
Completion of the Math & Statistics requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. MATH 203 is recommended for the ACE 3 requirement.
16 HR TERM 3
Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 240
3hr

JMC Required Courses
complete ADPR 151, JOUR 201
6hr

ACE 6 Humanities/Soc Sci
complete 1 from ANTH 110, PSYC 181, SOCI 101
3hr

Life ScienceCritical
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 4
Chemistry/Physics
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Public Communication
complete ALEC 207
3hr
ALEC 207 needs to be taken before ALEC 350.

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 241
3hr

Required Minor
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended to take a course towards chosen minor required for this Option.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
15 HR TERM 5
Media CourseCritical
complete ALEC 350
3hr
ALEC 350 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

ACE 3 Math/StatisticsCritical
complete STAT 218
3hr
Completion of the Math & Statistics requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

CASNR Content Courses
complete 2 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
6hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect
15 HR TERM 6
Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 305, ALEC 388
6hr

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Required Minor
complete Any Course
6hr
Recommended to take two courses towards chosen minor required for this Option.
15 HR TERM 7
AESC InternshipCritical
complete ALEC 495B
3hr
ALEC 495B becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed in the seventh term of enrollment. Internship should be taken during the summer prior to your seventh term of enrollment.

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

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

Required Minor
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended to take a course towards chosen minor required for this Option.

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect
13 HR TERM 8
College Course/ACE 10
complete ALEC 480
3hr

Required Minor
complete Any Course
6hr
Recommended to take a course towards chosen minor required for this Option.

Communication Elective

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


Option 2

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
College Course/ACE 10
complete SCIL 101
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 200
3hr

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr

Fundamentals CourseCritical
complete ALEC 136
3hr
ALEC 136 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
15 HR TERM 2
ACE 1 Written
complete 1 from ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JOUR 202
3hr

ACE 2 Comm Skills
complete 1 from ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 286
3hr
ALEC 102 is recommended.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
3hr
Completion of the Math & Statistics requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. MATH 203 is recommended.
16 HR TERM 3
CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect

JMC Required Courses
complete ADPR 151
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 240
3hr

Life ScienceCritical
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 4
Public Communication
complete ALEC 207
3hr
ALEC 207 needs to be taken before ALEC 350.

Advertising/Publ Relation
complete ADPR 283
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 241
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Chemistry/Physics
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
15 HR TERM 5
Media CourseCritical
complete ALEC 350
3hr
ALEC 350 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

JMC Required Courses
complete JOUR 201
3hr

Group 1. Issues Courses

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

ACE 6 Humanities/Soc Sci
complete 1 from ANTH 110, PSYC 181, SOCI 101
3hr
15 HR TERM 6
15 HR TERM 7
CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

AESC InternshipCritical
complete ALEC 495B
3hr
ALEC 495B becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed in the seventh term of enrollment. Internship should be taken during the summer prior to your seventh term of enrollment.

Group 2. Comm Courses

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
13 HR TERM 8
College Course/ACE 10
complete ALEC 480
3hr

Group 2. Comm Courses

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

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

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


Option 3

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15 HR TERM 1
College Course/ACE 10
complete SCIL 101
3hr

Fundamentals CourseCritical
complete ALEC 136
3hr
ALEC 136 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 200
3hr

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
AECN 141 is recommended.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
15 HR TERM 2
ACE 1 Written
complete 1 from ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JOUR 202
3hr

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

ACE 2 Comm Skills
complete 1 from ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 286
3hr
ALEC 102 is recommended.

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
3hr
Completion of the Math & Statistics requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. MATH 203 is recommended.
16 HR TERM 3
Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect

JMC Required Courses
complete ADPR 151
3hr

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 240
3hr

Life Science
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 4
Public Communication
complete ALEC 207
3hr
ALEC 207 needs to be taken before ALEC 350.

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 241
3hr

Group 1. Option Content

Chemistry/Physics
Completion of the Natural Science requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Humanities/Soc Sci
complete 1 from ANTH 110, PSYC 181, SOCI 101
3hr
12 HR TERM 5
Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 305
3hr

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Group 1. Option Content

Media CourseCritical
complete ALEC 350
NaNhr
ALEC 350 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

JMC Required Courses
complete JOUR 201
3hr
15 HR TERM 6
Group 2. Issues Courses

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Core
complete ALEC 388
3hr

Group 3. Comm Courses

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
15 HR TERM 7
AESC Internship
complete ALEC 495B
3hr
ALEC 495B becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed in the seventh term of enrollment. Internship should be taken during the summer prior to your seventh term of enrollment.

Group 2. Issues Courses

Agri Lead Educ/Comm Elect

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

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
Completion of the Math & Statistics requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
13 HR TERM 8
College Course/ACE 10
complete ALEC 480
3hr

Group 3. Comm Courses

CASNR Content Courses
complete 1 from Any Agricultural Business Course, Any Agricultural Economics Course, Any Agriculture Course, Any Agronomy Course, Any Agricultural Leadership Course, Any Animal Science Course at any Level, Any Biochemistry Course, Any Entrepreneurship Course, Any Entomology Course at any Level, Any Energy Science Course, Any Environmental Studies Course, Any Food Science & Technology Course, Any Forensic Science Course, Any Horticulture Course, Any Microbiology Course, Any Mechanized Systems Management Course, Any Natural Resources Course, Any Plant Pathology Course, Any Range Management Course, Any Soil Course, Any Turfgrass and Landscape Management Course, Any Veterinary Science Course, Any Water Science Course
3hr

Communication Elective

Electives
complete Any Course
1hr
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.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Public Information Officer Exec. Officer, The Nebraska Wheat Board Wheat Growers Assoc. - Lincoln NE
  • Deputy Press Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives - Washington DC
  • Marketing Specialist, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Farm Broadcaster, Rural Radio Network - Scottsbluff NE
  • Communications Specialist, Farmway Coop - Beloit KS

Internships

  • Communications Intern, Nebraska Wheat Board - Lincoln NE
  • Corporate Communications Intern, Aurora Cooperative - Aurora NE
  • Marketing and Public Relations Intern, AKSARBEN Foundation - Omaha NE
  • Sales Intern, Dow AgroSciences - Lincoln NE
  • Promotions Department Intern, NBC Universal Sports Network -