Bachelor of Applied Science

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I like that it's diversified and I can take classes that interest me. It's also easier to get a minor in whatever I want without having to invest additional time in college.

- Applied Science StudentCentral City, Nebraska
Applied Science - A Degree Like No Other.
Because You Build it Yourself.
The freedom and flexibility to choose nearly HALF your courses!

Who knows what the world will look like in five, ten, or twenty years? Your degree in Applied Science gives you a high degree of flexibility to adapt to change and position yourself for success.

It might be the next great advancement opportunity. A new technology or innovation. Changes in the family farming operation or new environmental challenges. Or simply a desire to change course in your career path.

You'll be prepared. Because your Applied Science degree is all about leveraging your individual interests and talents - and applying them to your career. That ensures that your college education had done what you want it to do - and puts you in charge or your future opportunities like never before.

Applied Science is one of the most flexible majors on campus - you'll choose nearly 50% of the courses you'll take to graduate from a broad range of courses across the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. You can tailor the degree to your career goals, and easily incorporate a minor without taking extra time to graduate.

After completing the core and required courses, students select two or three courses in each of four elective areas:


Food, Animal, and Plant Science

Food, Animal and Plant Science electives give you the opportunity to explore fundamental issues related to the production and management of plants and animals for maximum value. Read more »


Genetics, Biotechnology, and Processing

Food Genetics, Biotechnology, and Processing electives provide you with the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the microbiological systems involved in food safety and learn more about plant and animal breeding practices. Read more » 

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Ecology electives let you explore critical issues related to ecosystem functioning. Read more »

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Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Policy

Entrepreneurship, Economics and Policy electives will expose you to a broad array of courses presenting the business and policy issues faced by professionals in agriculture and natural resources. Read more »

What are our graduates doing?

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  • You're not quite sure of what you want to focus on - but know that you want to be engaged in food production, agriculture, or agribusiness.
  • You want a well-rounded education that broadens your choices and opportunities in the workforce.
  • You want the flexibility to craft your own college experience - without worrying about taking courses that interest you, but don't apply to your major.
  • You like to have greater control over your college experience and your personal preparation for what lies ahead of you.
  • You are currently employed and want to complete your bachelors degree with a high degree of flexibility and convenience.
  • You want to gain skills that will help you succeed back home in the family farm, ranch, or business.
  • You are completing a two-year degree at a community college and are looking to obtain a bachelors degree that is both personalized and flexible.
  • You want to have a diversified background that provides a wide range of career options in a rapidly changing job market - including starting your own business.
  • You have been away from college for a while and want to get a degree that matches your current career path - or enables you to change careers.
  • You want the ability to take a number of courses online to help you complete your degree at your convenience.


Applied Science Full Curriculum Universtiy of Nerbaska--Lincoln  Undergraduate Catalog Applied Science Academic Integrity Policy


Questions? contact Dan Cotton or Diane Wasser