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About the Applied Science Program (Agriculture/Biology)
With the growing population of the world, natural resources must be understood and used wisely. In this program, you'll study agriculture and biology. The program is an innovative partnership between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to train future professionals who can apply concepts, processes, and procedures to manage resources in the areas of food, animal, and plant systems. You’ll study biology of natural systems as well as the impact human society has on the natural world. You’ll begin your education with coursework at WSC, then transfer to UNL. After completing all required courses, you’ll receive two bachelor’s degrees: an applied science degree (concentration in agriculture) from UNL and a life sciences degree (concentration in biology) from WSC. With these degrees, you’ll be prepared for jobs related to farming, ranching, parks and recreation, and land management.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.S. in life sciences (biology concentration) from WSC and B.S. in applied science (agriculture concentration) from UNL
At WSC: 90 hours (includes 30 hours of general education)
At UNL: 30 hours
To graduate from WSC: 120
School: Natural and Social Sciences
Department: Life Sciences
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Understanding of natural resource systems
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Scientific reasoning
- Biological systems and structures
- Plant science
- General chemistry and physics
- Modern lab techniques
- Technical communication
- Statistical analysis
- Agricultural producer
- Crop consultant
- Farm/ranch operator
- Farm loan officer
- Feedlot manager
- Grain merchandiser
- Farm service tech
- Agrochemical companies
- Farm service agencies
- Insurance companies
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 89% of the full-time faculty in this department having their terminal degree. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career! Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.
- Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your findings at conferences such as The Wildlife Society, American Society of Microbiology, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The North American Prairie Conference.
- Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas
Before graduating with your degrees in biology and applied science, you’ll have a chance to work with local agencies in order to gain some field experience and earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.