Description

Website: http://msym.unl.edu

The mechanized systems management (MSYM) major prepares students for delivery, management, and technical support of engineered systems for agriculture, food, energy, and water. Students will develop technical, systems analysis, and management skills. This major is ideal for students interested in working with machinery and equipment systems from a practical perspective. The MSYM program includes hands-on course work in power and machinery systems, processing and handling equipment, and sensors and controls combined with coursework in business, management, agriculture, and natural sciences that prepares students for a wide range of careers in a variety of industries related to agriculture, food, energy, and water. The program offers four options for specialization: production, technical, business and processing operations.

Students in the MSYM major benefit from small classes and personalized faculty advising. Students have the opportunity to work part-time in the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and numerous departmental research projects. Students are encouraged to participate in student clubs such as the Mechanized Systems Management Club, the Tractor Restoration Club, and the UNL Quarter Scale Tractor Team.
 

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 mechanized systems management will be able to:

  1. Apply hands-on technical skills and knowledge from the natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics to analyze and manage mechanized systems relevant to agriculture, food, energy, and water.
  2. Identify the structure, layout and function of mechanized systems including the relationships between individual components of a system.
  3. Evaluate a system critically by defining a problem, assimilating information, conducting an analysis, and making technical and economic recommendations to improve performance of the system while accounting for potential social and environmental impacts.
  4. Develop professional written and oral reports to describe a mechanized system and communicate an analysis of the system that includes objectives, methods, results and recommendations.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

Integrative Courses
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
MSYM 462Equipment Systems3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)
MATH 102Trigonometry2
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Communications
BSEN 130 / CIVE 130Computer-Aided Design2-3
or MECH 130 Introduction to CAD
Select one Written Communication elective (ACE 1) of the following:3
Technical Communication I
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Select one Professional Communication elective (ACE 2) of the following:3
Technical Communication II
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Business and Professional Communication
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8-9
Natural Sciences
Select one CASNR approved Life Sciences elective (ACE 4) of the following:4
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
CHEM 109General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4
MSYM 109
MSYM 109L
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
and Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences Laboratory (ACE 4)
5
Select 7 credits of Natural Sciences electives of the following:7
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Geography (excluding human and economic)
Geology
Life Sciences (excluding 115)
Meteorology (excluding 140)
Physics and Astronomy (excluding 103)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
ECON 211Principles of Macroeconomics (ACE 8)3
ECON 212Principles of Microeconomics3
or AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 99
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Major Requirements
Complete requirements24
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Option Requirements
Complete requirements33
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Personal Development Electives
Select 9 credits9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours120-121

Specific Major Requirements

Major Requirements 1
MSYM 162Introduction to Mechanized Systems Management1
MSYM 232Power and Machinery Principles3
MSYM 245Electrical Service Systems3
MSYM 262Problem Solving in Mechanized Systems Management1
MSYM 354 / SOIL 354 / WATS 354Soil Conservation and Watershed Management3
MSYM 364Agricultural Products Processing and Handling3
MSYM 416Sensors and Control Systems for Agri-Industries3
BSEN 206 / CONE 206Engineering Economics3
SOIL 153 / AGRO 153 / HORT 153Soil Resources4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Total Credit Hours24
1

In addition to capstone MSYM 462 Equipment Systems.

Production Option

The production option is for students interested in careers in production agriculture such as farming, ranching, and crop consulting. The option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with agricultural sciences, management, and marketing. Students have flexibility in course selection to pursue minors in areas such as agronomy and animal science.
 

Option Requirements
AGRO 204Resource-Efficient Crop Management3
AECN 201Farm and Ranch Management4
AECN 235Introduction to Commodity Marketing3
ASCI 250Animal Management3
Mechanized Systems Management Electives
Select three of the following:9
Animal Housing Systems
Hydraulic Power Systems
Site-specific Crop Management
Equipment and Tractor Testing
Irrigation Systems Management
Production Agriculture Electives
Select 8-11 credits from specified CASNR courses at 200 level or above 18-11
Option Electives
Select 0-3 credits0-3
Internship in Mechanized Systems Management
Business or agricultural economics course
Credit Hours Subtotal: 30-36
Total Credit Hours30-36
1

Refer to degree audit or contact adviser for list of classes.

Business Option

The business option is for students interested in business-related careers such as marketing, sales, and management in agriculture and related industries. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with additional business courses. Students can easily pursue a business minor with this option.
 

Option Requirements
ACCT 200Accounting for Business Decisions3
AGRO 204Resource-Efficient Crop Management3
or ASCI 250 Animal Management
MATH 104Applied Calculus3
Mechanized Systems Management Electives
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Animal Housing Systems
Internship in Mechanized Systems Management
Hydraulic Power Systems
Site-specific Crop Management
Irrigation Systems Management
Business Law Elective
Select one of the following:3
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Business, Government & Society
Finance Elective
AECN 452Agricultural Finance3
or FINA 300 Financial Decision Making
Marketing Elective
Select one of the following:3
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Introduction to Commodity Marketing
Contemporary Marketing
Management Electives
Select two of the following:6-7
Farm and Ranch Management
Agribusiness Management
Management Essentials For Contemporary Organizations
Family Business
Human Resource Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33-34
Total Credit Hours33-34

Technical Option

The technical option is for students interested in hands-on technical careers such as test engineers, product support specialists, and service managers. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with additional course work in engineering. This option will also prepare students for graduate study.
 

Option Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Animal Management
Animal Products
MATH 106Calculus I5
MSYM 395Internship in Mechanized Systems Management1-3
or MSYM 400A Occupational Safety
MSYM 412Hydraulic Power Systems3
MSYM 433Equipment and Tractor Testing3
Management Electives
Select two of the following:6
Agribusiness Management
Management Essentials For Contemporary Organizations
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Human Resource Management
Option Electives
Select four of the following:12
Structural Mechanics
Introduction to Energy Systems
Building Environmental Technical Systems I
Animal Housing Systems
Site-specific Crop Management
Irrigation Systems Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33-35
Total Credit Hours33-35

Processing Operations Option

The processing operations option is for students interested in careers in operations management for food, feed, and fuel companies. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management, with business, agricultural sciences, and food sciences. This option will also prepare students for graduate study.
 

Option Requirements
AGRO 437Animal, Food and Industrial Uses of Grain2
AECN 235Introduction to Commodity Marketing3
ASCI 210Animal Products3
MATH 104Applied Calculus3-5
or MATH 106 Calculus I
MSYM 395Internship in Mechanized Systems Management1-3
or MSYM 400A Occupational Safety
SCMA 331Operations and Supply Chain Management3
MSYM 363 / FDST 363Heat and Mass Transfer3
MSYM 412Hydraulic Power Systems3
MSYM 465 / FDST 465Food Engineering Unit Operations3
Processing Electives
Select 7-9 credits of the following:7-9
Producing Grain for Animal, Food and Industrial Uses
Processed Meats
Introduction to Energy Systems
Food Composition and Analysis
Food Safety and Sanitation
Food Quality Assurance
Cereal Technology
Fruit and Vegetable Technology
Dairy Products Technology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 31-37
Total Credit Hours31-37

Electives

Students can select 9 credit hours of personal development electives. These electives can be used to foster greater understanding of a topic of interest, to develop an inherent skill, or to pursue a minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

12-Credit-Hour Mechanized Systems Management Minor

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of mechanized systems management course work at the 300 level or above.

18-Credit-Hour Mechanized Systems Management Minor

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of mechanized systems management course work (excluding MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences and MSYM 162 Introduction to Mechanized Systems Management) with at least 9 credit hours at the 300 level or above.
MSYM109
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Prerequisites: MATH 101 or 103 with a grade of C or better completed within the last 11 months; or, placement in MATH 102 or 104 (or higher) within the last 11 months

Students cannot receive credit for both MSYM 109 and any one of the following: PHYS 141, 151 or 211.

Description: Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and their relationship to energy utilization and conservation. Principles then applied to problem situations in agriculture and life sciences.

This course is a prerequisite for: MSYM 109L; MSYM 232; MSYM 262; MSYM 452, MSYM 852, WATS 452, AGRO 452

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

MSYM109L
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences Laboratory

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or parallel, or PHYS 151

Description: Laboratory experiments on mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and their relationship to energy utilization and conservation in agriculture and life sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MSYM162
Introduction to Mechanized Systems Management

Description: Basic principles of describing and evaluating mechanized systems relevant to agriculture, food, energy, and water. Problem solving using systems-thinking. Exploration of major and career opportunities. Academic success and planning.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MSYM232
Power and Machinery Principles

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Description: Operational characteristics of IC engines, field, materials-handling, and processing machines and their components. Includes analyses, estimations, and objective comparisons of performance; principles for adjustment and calibration of metering systems; and cost-effective sizing of machines. Exercises include using ASABE Standards and available reports of machine performance (tractor test reports, etc.).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM245
Electrical Service Systems

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or high school physics.

Description: Utilization of electric energy in agricultural production, processing, and residential applications. Wiring installations; selection of safe and adequate circuit devices; service equipment and conductors; and electric motors and their control; and energy management.

This course is a prerequisite for: MSYM 416

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM262
Problem Solving in Mechanized Systems Management

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211.

Open to MSYM majors only.

Description: Use of computational tools to solve problems relevant to mechanized systems management. Professional communication of technical information. Discussion of current and emerging issues relevant to the major.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MSYM299
Career Experiences

Prerequisites: Permission and advanced approval of plan or work.

Description: Student participation in physical systems applications. May include participation in mechanization-related areas of agribusiness, production practices, and processing operations; research in laboratory, greenhouse and field; or preparation of teaching materials.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

MSYM312
Engine Power Systems

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or general physics.

Description: Internal combustion engine power systems used in agriculture with primary emphasis on power needs for both mobile and fixed operations, characteristics of power sources and energy resources, and selection and use of power units.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM342
Animal Housing Systems

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Description: Production facilities for livestock and poultry will be developed with emphasis on building and feedlot layout, ventilation, heating and cooling systems; energy utilization; and construction materials and methods.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM354
Soil Conservation and Watershed ManagementCrosslisted with SOIL 354, WATS 354

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; and MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Description: Watershed hydrology, soil erosion, erosion control, water management, and land surveying and mapping. Includes rainfall-runoff relationships; determination of watershed characteristics; terraces, waterways, vegetative filters, and residue management; ponds, wetlands, non-point source pollution control, and water conservation; profile and topographic surveying.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM363
Heat and Mass TransferCrosslisted with FDST 363

Prerequisites: MATH 104 or 106; MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or 151.

Description: Fundamentals of food engineering including material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and mass transfer.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM364
Agricultural Products Processing and Handling

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Description: Analysis of processing and handling operations. Chemical and physical characteristics of agricultural products. Application of pyschrometrics. Power requirements, capacities, and efficiencies of drying and conveying systems. Discussion of safety issues, logistics, and survey of industry technologies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM395
Internship in Mechanized Systems Management

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Completion of internship approval form is required. The internship proposal is subject to approval by the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Pass/No Pass only.

Description: Practical experience, directed learning, and career exploration and development in a selected business, industry, agency, or educational institution.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

MSYM400A
Occupational Safety

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Description: Identifies safety and health risks in industrial work environments. Focus on how managers and supervisors meet their responsibilities for providing a safe workplace for their employees. Includes the identification and remediation of workplace hazards. Online course offered by Iowa State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM400B
Agricultural Safety and Health

Description: Safety concepts, principles, practices, rules and regulations as they relate to agriculture will be explored. Developing and conducting safety programs, and conducting safety inspections and accident investigations are other aspects of the course. Online course offered by University of Missouri through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM400E
Biorenewable Systems Technology

Description: The science, engineering, economics and business of converting biorenewable resources into bioenergy and biobased products. Biorenewable concepts as they relate to drivers of change, feedstock production, economics, transportation and logistics, and marketing. Online course offered by Iowa State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM400J
Machinery Management Using Precision Agriculture Technology

Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor permission

Description: Management of agricultural equipment that is commonly used in conjunction with GPS technology such as planters, combines, fertilizer application equipment, and sprayer application equipment. Online course offered by University of Missouri through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM400K
Chemical Application Systems

Description: Systems, components, operation practices, and safety procedures used in the chemical application industry. Liquid and granular application systems and respective components will be studied along with procedures for equipment sizing and maintenance, minimizing drift, system calibration, and safe handling-transportation-storage-disposal and spill clean-up of agrichemicals. Online course offered by Kansas State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MSYM412
Hydraulic Power Systems

Prerequisites: MSYM 245

Description: Theory and application of fluids under controlled pressure to perform work in mobile and industrial applications. Positive displacement (PD) pumps, linear and rotary hydraulic actuators (hydraulic cylinders and motors), valves, and electric over hydraulic systems will be studied in detail. Fluid power circuit development on both hydraulic benches and computer simulated environments will be performed with emphasis on circuit analysis, and system troubleshooting.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM416
Sensors and Control Systems for Agri-Industries

Prerequisites: MSYM 245 or permission.

Description: Application of sensors for measurement of process control variables and implementation of microcomputer-based measurement and control systems. Basic electrical and electronic instrumentation plus control of electrically, pneumatically and/or hydraulically powered systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM431
Site-specific Crop ManagementCrosslisted with AGEN 431, AGRO 431

Prerequisites: Senior standing; AGRO/SOIL 153;AGRO 204; or permission.

Description: Principles and concepts of site-specific management. Evaluation of geographic information systems for crop production practices. Practical experience with hardware and software necessary for successful application of information affecting crop management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM433
Equipment and Tractor TestingCrosslisted with MSYM 833

Prerequisites: MSYM 232; and STAT 218 or STAT/MATH 380 or MECH 321

Offered spring semester in even-numbered calendar years.

Description: Principles and procedures involved in testing agricultural equipment and tractors. Actual test planned, scheduled, conducted and reported. Test may be based upon procedures used at the Nebraska Tractor Testing Laboratory or involve other equipment being used for research in the department.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM452
Irrigation Systems ManagementCrosslisted with MSYM 852, WATS 452, AGRO 452

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

AGRO/SOIL 153 recommended.

Description: Irrigation management and the selection, evaluation, and improvement of irrigation systems. Includes soil-water measurement, crop water use, irrigation scheduling, irrigation efficiency, measurement of water flow, irrigation systems, groundwater and wells, pumping systems, applying chemicals with irrigation systems, and environmental and water resource considerations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM462
Equipment SystemsCrosslisted with MSYM 862

Prerequisites: Senior standing in MYSM or permission

Capstone course.

Description: Team-based activities to evaluate equipment systems, make technical and economic recommendations, develop professional written and oral reports. Topics include equipment system performance and management, project scheduling and planning, cost estimation, reliability analysis, and risk assessment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

MSYM465
Food Engineering Unit OperationsCrosslisted with FDST 465, FDST 865, MSYM 865

Prerequisites: FDST/MSYM 363.

Description: Unit operations and their applications to food processing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MSYM469
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted with AGRO 469, GEOG 469, HORT 407, METR 469, NRES 469, AGRO 869, GEOG 869, HORT 807, METR 869, MSYM 869, NRES 869

Prerequisites: Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.

Description: Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from non-point sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies. Capstone course.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

MSYM492
Special Topics in Mechanized Systems ManagementCrosslisted with MSYM 892

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Subject matter in emerging areas of Mechanized Systems Management not covered in other courses within the curriculum. Topics, activities, and delivery methods vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

MSYM496
Principles and Problems in Mechanized AgricultureCrosslisted with MSYM 896

Prerequisites: 15 hours in MSYM or closely related area.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

MSYM499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:

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.

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

  • Operations Management LDP, Ardent Mills - Kenosha WI
  • Operations Supervisor, Cargill - Nebraska City NE
  • Production Supervisor, Land O'Lakes - Harrisburg PA
  • Operations Management, Union Pacific - Lincoln NE
  • Ag Services Operations Management, Archer Daniels Midland - Fremont NE

Internships

  • Ag Services Operations Intern, ADM Grain - Corpus Christi TX
  • Marketing Intern, John Deere - Urbandale IA
  • Operations Intern, Dow AgroSciences - York NE
  • Product Support Intern, John Deere - Ottumwa IA
  • Operations Intern, ConAgra Foods - Hastings MN

Grad Schools

  • M.S. Agricultural Biological Engineering, Purdue University - West Lafayette IN
  • M.S. Mechanized Systems Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • M.S. Agricultural Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Ph.D. Engineering, Purdue University - Richmond IN
  • Ph.D. Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE