Parent Guide

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Introductory Letter from the Dean
Core Values.

CASNR and So Much More

Where the University is nationally recognized for excellence in undergraduate education;

Where everyone enjoys what they are doing;

Where the academic programs are innovation and meeting real career needs;

Where caring faculty that are world-renowned scientists serve as your advisors and mentors;

Where programs exceed your expectations and the diverstiy of the student body enriches your life;

Where the classrooms are doors to the future and the faculty are your personal guides;

Where faculty, staff, and students care about you as an individual;

Where everyone is committed to your success in and out of the classroom;

Where each graduate is a "point of distinction"; and

Where your future is ensured

Attributes of a CASNR Graduate

Graduates that have a shared-responsibility for a shared-futureThe Faculty Advisory Committee identified the goals for developing the CASNR student by the time they graduate. This vision provides a holistic, transformative educational experience that integrates curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning to result in:

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Evidence-based decision making for a complex world using a systems-thinking approach.

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A spirit of entrepreneurship, leadership, civic engagement, and service to positively impact communities.


A global mindset and appreciation of diversity across cultures, ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, and age.

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A collaborative, inclusive approach to problem solving and innovation.

UNL Parents Association

The UNL Parents Association works to strengthen the bond between the university and parents by encouraging two-way communication and keeping parents informed. Consider joining their Facebook group for up to date information and timely topic discussions.

Husker Hub

The Husker Hub is the new “one-stop” offering Nebraska students integrated services from the offices of Scholarships and Financial Aid, University Registrar, Bursar and Student Accounts. The Husker Hub is available to assist with the following:

Contact the Husker Hub by emailing or calling 402.472.2030


Each student in CASNR is assigned an advisor appropriate to their academic program. The advisor will assist the student in planning the student’s career and completing an academic program. Students can change their advisor in the Dean’s Office, 103 Agricultural Hall.

CASNR Career Center

We have a strong career services program with over 90% of our students finding jobs in their field or continuing with their professional education. Students have the opportunity to apply for and learn from many on-campus jobs or work-study positions within their field of study. The entire CASNR Career Center team, consisting of professional staff and peer coaches, is ready and willing to help students find experiences and transition to their next stage. Routinely, we have one of the largest agriculture and natural resources career fairs in the nation.

CASNR Connect

CASNR Connect is a formal mentoring experience with alumni that will help students navigate their college path, create their own experience, and learn about the world beyond our campus. Our goal is to create a campus environment where first generation students feel supported and belong, and our alumni have the opportunity to connect with our world-class students. If you’re interested in participating or would like more information, contact Meg at

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Honors Student Research Program

Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) Program

Transfer Credit

No more than 90 semester hours of credits from a four-year institution or another UNL college can be applied toward a bachelor degree. A maximum of 60 hours may be transferred from a two-year college. Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residency.

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR cross listed courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

CASNR accepts no more than 10 semester hours of grades below a C transferred from colleges outside the University of Nebraska system. Grades of a C- or below can only be applied to free electives. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of college enrollment at the student’s originating institution.

CASNR Start Smart

Every incoming student will be enrolled in the AGRI 042 CASNR Start Smart course. This course is aligned with the framework of the university’s POWER modules that get you thinking about your purpose, ownership, wellbeing, engagement, and relations while at the university.

AGRI 042 CASNR Start Smart is a zero credit, pass/no pass course that is required for all our incoming students. The course will open in late July and is meant to be completed before classes start.

In this course, you will learn about UNL and CASNR resources, as well as important first year and first semester topics. After each module, there will be a quiz comprised of one to two questions. There will be a discussion board and a practice assignment in uploading documents to CANVAS. If you have any questions, concerns, feedback or difficulties with the course, please contact the course instructor, Megan Rothenberger (

Dual Degrees from CASNR

Students in CASNR may earn dual bachelor degrees. They must complete all requirements for both degrees.

Dual Matriculation from CASNR and other UNL Colleges

Students in other colleges may earn a bachelor degree in programs from CASNR and a degree from another UNL college. CASNR students may also receive a dual degree from another UNL college. Students will need to consult with both colleges to ensure all requirements are satisfied.

CASNR Scholarships

The online Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students in MyRED is the only form that must be completed to be eligible for most scholarships in CASNR. Currently enrolled students must submit this application prior to February 1. Most units also have scholarships available to students within their degree programs.

Requirements for Graduation

CASNR grants a diverse array of Bachelor of Science degrees and one Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must complete the CASNR core courses and the specific courses required for each degree program, while maintaining a minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average to meet graduation requirements.

Applying for a Degree

Students must file an Application for Graduation early in the semester in which they intend to graduate. Applications for Graduation may be submitted electronically via MyRED.

How to Get a Job Digital Badge

After graduation, it’s all about getting that first job in your career field of choice. With this digital badge, you’ll learn new job search strategies and gain a greater understanding of the job market. For example, mock interviews will get you ready for the real thing. You will also discover how to make the most of career fairs and how to prepare an effective resume and cover letter.

Open to all students and all class standings (Freshmen through Senior)

Earn a Digital Badge for your resume!

Life After College Digital Badge

It’s one thing to get your first job. It’s another thing to thrive in it. “Life After College” prepares you to be successful once you’re in a company or organizational environment. You’ll learn how to set yourself apart in terms of involvement and engagement with your new employer. The badge covers important basics such as handling credit, investments, budgeting, networking, and other fundamentals that will help you not just survive that first year on the job—but thrive!

Open to all students, but at least sophomore standing preferred

Earn a Digital Badge for your resume!

Guest Access to MyRed

Students are now able to grant guest access to their MyRed account to parents and supporters.

For more information on how to gain access, see

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