Applied Science, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $830.00

Program Overview

Students in the online Applied Science, BS program are able to select from a broad range of courses from agricultural to environmental science in order to best suit their career goals. The flexibility of the program allows students the power to choose almost half of the courses they enroll in. Students can use course choices to expand their studies, enrich individual interests or they can choose to combine them with electives to add a minor in agricultural or environmental areas. 

Why choose this program?

  • Fully online courses allow for convenience in earning your degree, which is perfect for students who are working while in school
  • One of the most flexible majors with the ability to choose courses that apply to your interests and skills
  • An ideal program for those who are looking to gain skills that will help with your success back home in a family farm, ranch, or other similar business
  • Students gain a well-rounded education that broadens workforce choices and opportunities

This degree program requires a total of 120 credit hours for coursework. Students are able to transfer credit from other qualifying institutions. Thirty credit hours must be completed in 200-level courses or higher and 15 hours must be completed in 300-level courses or higher.

Upon completing core and required courses, students select courses in four concentration areas:

  • Food, Animal, and Plant Science Electives (3 courses)
  • Genetics, Biotechnology, and Processing Electives (2 courses)
  • Ecology Electives (3 courses)
  • Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Policy Electives (2 courses)

After graduation, students are well-equipped to continue on to a master's program or seek a career.

Career paths may include: 

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

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2 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

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:

  1. Complete and submit the online application
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  3. 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.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AECN 265Resource and Environmental Economics I3
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
NRES 422Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems3
AGRO 153Soil Resources4
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.
AGRI 485Investigations of Applied Science3
AGRI 115Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment3
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.
FDST 131The Science of Food3
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).
ENTO/BIOS 115Insect Science3
Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.
NRES 108Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Tiffany Heng-Moss provides leadership for a university-wide agriculture and natural resources literacy program that seeks to integrate classroom instruction on food, energy, water and sustainability within the UNL undergraduate curriculum along with partnering with education entities to map food, energy and water programming with PK-12 next generation science standards. She also played a pivotal role in the development of the first undergraduate online degree completion program at UNL and is making contributions to student learning and the quality of the student experience as a co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant.

Application Deadlines

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