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Applied Science, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $257.25
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $535.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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
  • Director of product management
  • Farm/ranch operator
  • Farm loan officer
  • Field sales representative
  • Foreman
  • Grain merchandiser
  • Welder

Steve Waller
Dean College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Dr. Waller was named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in June 2002 after serving as interim dean for about two years. He came to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Department of Agronomy in 1978. Waller's research program and teaching responsibilities at UNL have emphasized range management and improvement, livestock management on range and pasture, and forage evaluation.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Completed coursework

    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. 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.

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Complete the Applied Science Inquiry form

  6. Send a physical copy of your college transcript(s) for pre-admission review to our degree coordinator

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit your transcripts for proof of high school graduation or its equivalent such as a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you have completed any post-secondary credits, submit those transcripts as well.
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AECN 265Resource and Environmental Economics I3

Course Number: AECN 265

Introduction to resource economics and the role of such concepts in natural resource management. The interface of economics and ecology in the context of both private and public decision making. Application of economic principles to actual natural resource/environmental issues. Prereqs: ECON 211, 212 or AECN 141

AGRI 115Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment3

Course Number: AGRI 115

Application of biotechnology to genetically engineer, identify, select or propagate microbes, plants or animals. Scientists who use biotechnology to solve problems with the environment, with our food system, or with human health.

AGRI 485Investigations of Applied Science3

Course Number: AGRI 485

AGRO 153Soil Resources4

Course Number: AGRO 153

Characteristics of soils in relation to their appropriate uses and protection. Principles and practices using cooperative exercises including discussion, assessment, planning, problem-solving, writing, and presentation involving all aspects of soils.

ENTO/BIOS 115Insect Biology3

Course Number: ENTO/BIOS 115

Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.

FDST 131The Science of Food

Course Number: FDST 131

General scientific concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics using food as a model. What food is from both chemical and nutritional perspectives, and the fate of food from when it leaves the farm to when it becomes a part of the individual. Assists students in making intelligent decisions about many food related controversial issues (e.g., food irradiation, food additives, health foods).

NRES 108Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory3

Course Number: NRES 108

Introduction to Earth's natural resource systems. Interactions between the geosphere (solid earth) and the hydrosphere. The atmosphere and biosphere over many different spatial and temporal scales, and role of humans as part of the system.

NRES 422Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems3

Course Number: NRES 422

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $257.25
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $299.50
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $771.75
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $898.50

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $535.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $577.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1605.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1731.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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