Applied Science

Applied Science B.S.A.S

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Program Summary

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science provides a foundational degree in agricultural and environmental sciences.

This program helps students prepare to be problem solvers, innovators, and teachers for the world's challenges in food, energy and water. The goal of the program is to provide you with the science and leadership skills you need to expand your career options, become a life-long learner, and enrich your personal and civic life.

Applied Science is one of the most flexible majors, allowing you to choose from several areas of emphasis:

  • Food, Animal and Plant Science
  • Genetics, Biotechnology and Processing
  • Ecology
  • Entrepreneurship, Economics and Policy

Program Courses & Options

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The B.S.A.S. curriculum is very flexible. After you complete all required courses, you'll be able to choose almost half of the remaining courses in agriculture and natural resource areas, allowing you to tailor your studies to match career interests.

  • Use course choices to broaden studies.
  • Combine courses with free electives to add a minor in an agricultural or environmental discipline.
  • Take advantage of an entrepreneurship minor.


You will need to complete 120 credit hours (including transfer credits from eligible institutions) in order to finish the B.S.A.S. There are many course options that will allow you to complete your entire program of study online.

Core Course Categories (46-48 credit hours)

Investigations of Applied Science (AGRI 485) (3 credit hours)
Application and integration of scientific principles and knowledge gained from courses, peer to peer and student to faculty discussions, internships, and other aspects of the applied science degree program.

Mathematics & Statistics (beyond college algebra) (5 credit hours)
Select from: MATH 102, MATH 103, *MATH 104, MATH 106, STAT 218, or *ECON 215

Communication (6 credit hours)

Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 120, *JGEN, 200, *JGEN 220
Communication and Interpersonal Skills Elective (ACE 2)
Select from: *ALEC 102, *COMM 109, COMM 209, *COMM 286, JGEN 300

Natural Sciences 17-19 credit hours

Biological Sciences (ACE 4) (4 credit hours)
Select from: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L, or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L, or *AGRO 131, and AGRO 132 AGRO 315* (4 credit hours)
CHEM 105 or CHEM 109 (ACE 4) (4 credit hours)
CHEM 106 or CHEM 110 or FDST 301* (3-4 credit hours)
PHYS 141 or PHYS 151* or MSYM 109* (ACE 4) (4 credit hours)

Economics (ACE 6) (3 credit hours)
Select from: *ECON 211 or *ECON 212 or AECN 141

Humanities & Social Sciences (12 credit hours)
Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE areas 5, 7, 8 and 9 as Humanities and Social Science electives.

Required Core Courses (22 credit hours)

AGRO 153 Soil Resources (4 credit hours)
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 115 Insect Science (3 credit hours)
Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.

AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health, & Environment (3 credit hours)
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/CHEM/NUTR 131 The Science of Food (3 credit hours)
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 108 Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory (3 credit hours)
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 422 Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems (3 credit hours)
Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present, and the future. The cycling of matter and energy; the relationship between human activity and environmental change; and the consequence of these relationships.

AECN 265 Resource and Environmental Economics I (3 credit hours)
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.

Degree Concentration Areas (30 Credit Hours)

Within the degree there are 4 concentration areas requiring 30 credit hours. Students choose the courses they take within each area.

  • a minimum of 30 hours must be completed at the 200 level or above
  • a minimum of 15 hours must be completed at the 300 level or above

Food, Animal, & Plant Science (select from below) 9 credit hours

*AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 credit hours)
*AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 credit hours)
*ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 credit hours)
*ENTO 401 Insect Physiology (4 credit hours)
*MSYM 452/*HORT 452/*WATS 452 Irrigation Systems Management (3 credit hours)
*NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food & Nutrition (3 credit hours)
*AGRO (2 credit hours)
*AGRO (2 credit hours)

Food Genetics, Biotechnology, & Processing (select from below) 6 credit hours

*AGRO 412 Crop & Weed Genetics (1 credit hours)
*ENTO 409 Insect Control by Host-Plant Resistance (2 credit hours)
*FDST 405 Food Microbiology (3 credit hours)
*FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods (2 credit hours)

Ecology (select from below) 9 credit hours

*AECN 357/*NREE 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (3 credit hours)
*AGRO 361/*WATS 361/*SOIL 361/*GEOL 361/*NRES 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality (3 credit hours)
*ENTO 402/*BIOS 485/*NRES 402 Aquatic Insects (2 credit hours)
*ENTO 406/*BIOS 406 Insect Ecology (3 credit hours)

Entrepreneurship, Economics, & Policy (select from below) 9 credit hours

*AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 credit hours)
*AECN 346 World Food Economics (3 credit hours)
*AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (3 credit hours)
*ALEC 202 Leadership Development in Small Groups & Teams (3 credit hours)
*ALEC 410/*NRES 413 Environmental Leadership (3 credit hours)
*ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership (3 credit hours)
*ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 credit hours)
*ENTR 421/*MNGT 421 Entrepreneurship & Venture Management (3 credit hours)
NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (20-22 credit hours)

There are also 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.

*Offered online from the university. We will work with you to identify appropriate courses to complete Natural Science courses needed to be accepted into a degree completion program.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the requirements for admission as a new or transfer student for acceptance to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.*

In order to be accepted to the B.S.A.S. program, you must have completed a minimum of 32 semester hours of college credit from an accredited four-year or two-year college, including:

  • 5 credit hours of math above college algebra
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry
  • 1 semester of biology with laboratory
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum C average in the last semester of college enrollment

Don't have enough credit hours?

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.

Tuition & Fees


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*Rates may differ slightly based on the college from which you take classes
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Transferring Credit

Learn how the courses you've already taken apply to your program


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisors will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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