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Program Description

In the Applied Science major, students select from a broad range of courses in agriculture and environmental science from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to tailor a degree to their career goals.

The online Applied Science program is highly flexible — students choose almost half of the courses that they take within the degree.

Students can use their course choices to broaden their studies, or combine them with the free electives to add a minor in agriculture or environmental subject areas.

Graduates are well prepared to continue their education at the master's level.

Career paths of recent program graduates include:

  • Crop Consultant, Self-Employed
  • Director of Product Management, Cook's Ham
  • Farm / Ranch Operator, Self- Employed
  • Farm Loan Officer Trainee, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Field Sales Trainee, Monsanto
  • Foreman ( Manager in Training), Lanoha Nurseries
  • Grain Merchandiser, Gordon - Hemingford Co - Op
  • Sales Representative, Dow Agro Sciences
  • Service Tech 3, Syngenta
  • Welder, IntoMetal Manufacturing

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$257.25$25.00$11.00$4.00$297.25
3 credit hour$771.75$75.00$33.00$12.00$891.75


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$535.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$575.00
3 credit hour$1,605.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,725.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science is a foundational degree for students interested in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The goal of the degree is to provide you with the science and leadership skills necessary to expand your career options, encourage life-long learning, and enrich your personal and civic life.

Core Course Categories   46 - 48 credit hours 
      Investigations of Applied Science (AGRI 485) - 3 credit hours
      Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) - 5 credit hours
     Communication - 6 credit hours
     Natural Sciences - 17-19 credit hours
      Economics - 3 credit hours
      Humanities and Social Sciences - 12 credit hours
Required Core Courses  AGRO 153, ENTO/BIOS 115, AGRI 115, FDST 131, NRES 108 & 422, and AECN 265 22 credit hours
Degree Concentration Areas

Within the degree there are four concentration areas. Students choose the courses they take within each area. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed at the 200 level or above and a minimum of 15 hours must be completed at the 300 level or above.

  • Food, Animal and Plant Science - 9 credit hours
  • Food Genetics, Biotechnology and Processing - 6 credit hours
  • Ecology - 9 credit hours
  • Entrepreneurship, Economics and Policy - 6 credit hours
30 credit hours
Elective Courses There are 20–22 free elective credit hours that can be used for additional university courses of the student’s choice or to include transfer credits that don’t apply directly to the degree. 20 - 22 credit hours

View a list of courses for this degree >

Faculty from several colleges and many departments offer online courses that apply to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree program.  You will work with a faculty adviser to choose courses that meet your goals while helping you to complete your bachelor's degree. Faculty members of the Applied Science Advisory Committee are:

David Aiken, J.D., Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Mark Balschweid, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

Steve Danielson, Ph.D., Director, Applied Science Degree Program and Associate Professor, Department of Entomology

Dave Gosselin, Ph.D., Professor, School of Natural Resources

Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Entomology

Dennis McCallister, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Bryan Reiling, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Entomology

Randy Wehling, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • A minimum of 32 accepted semester hours of college credit from an accredited four-year or two-year college, including:
    • Five credit hours of math above college algebra
    • Two semesters general chemistry 
    • One semester biology with laboratory 
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Minimum C average in the last semester of college enrollment

NOTE: If you have fewer than 32 credit hours or you do not have the specific courses listed above, we will work with you to find the appropriate courses you need to complete the requirements.

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Undergraduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  2. Complete the Applied Science Inquiry form. The information you send is for our use only, and will not be forwarded or sold in any way.
  3. Send a copy of your college transcript(s) for pre-admission review to our degree coordinator at:
Online Degree Program Coordinator
103 Agriculture Hall
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0702

Applicants submitting the Applied Science Inquiry form will be contacted after completion of the pre-admission review process.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed upon receipt of materials.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Cheryl Griffith
Phone:  402.472.5515

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Robert Mathiasen
Phone: 402.472.5515


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