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.
  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.
 

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. 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 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.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1: Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. 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, and no course can be used to fulfill 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, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics. 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: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: 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.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

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

Scientific Base - BS Only

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 (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic 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 the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

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 cumulative 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 University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 worldwide 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 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 110A
CHEM 110L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
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
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
NRES 220
NRES 222
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
or BIOS 207 Ecology and Evolution
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Plant Biology Internship/Career Experience
Select one of the following:1
Internship
Internship
Internship in Horticulture
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Plant Biology Independent Study/Current Project
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Study
Independent Research in Biological Sciences
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
Climate Literacy in Natural Resources
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 Technologies
Plant Identification3
Wildland Plants
Plant-Animal-Organismal Interactions
Select at least 3 hours from the following:3-4
Range Management and Improvement
Soil Microbial Ecology
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 Microbial Ecology
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
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Nursery 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
4hr
C
CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L also fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language 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 Science/Math and CDR Lab requirement.

Chemistry
4hr
C

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language 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 and 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: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.
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
C

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
C
Choose an approved course from the Water/Climate List.

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

Independent Study

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
15 HR TERM 7
Ecology Management
complete AGRO 444
3hr
C

Ecology Management
complete AGRO 442
3hr
C
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: Social Science
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
Plant Biology Core
complete AGRO 153
4hr
C

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

Chemistry
4hr
C
CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L also fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language 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 Science/Math and CDR Lab requirements.

Chemistry
4hr
C

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language 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 and 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: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.
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.

Biotechnology Option Core
complete BIOS 312
3hr
C

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
14 HR TERM 6
Plant Biology Core
complete AGRO 325
4hr
C

Applied Plant Biology
Choose an approved course from the Applied Plant Biology List.

Plant And Food Syst Mgmt
Choose an approved course from the Plant and Food Systems Management List.

Independent Study

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
15 HR TERM 7
Biotechnology Option Core
complete 1 from BIOC 442, BIOS 337, BIOS 427
3hr
C

Biotechology Option Elect
Choose any 2 approved courses from the Biological Sciences, Applied Plant Biology, and/or Plant and Food Systems Management Lists for the Biotechnology Option.

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

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr
14 HR TERM 8
Biotechology Option Elect
Select an approved ACE 10 course from Biological Sciences, Applied Plant Biology, and/or Plant and Food Systems Management Lists for the Biotechnology Option.

Biological Sciences
Choose an approved course from the Biological Sciences List.

Career Experience

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR: Social Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  2. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  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.

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