Wayne State College
Applied Science Degree

Applied Science Degree Program (Agriculture/Biology)

Biology and Agriculture (Applied Science) Dual Degree Partnership

Wayne State College (WSC) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have partnered to offer students an innovative pathway to an agriculture and natural resources degree while remaining in Northeast Nebraska. With the growing population of the world, natural resources must be understood and used wisely. In this program, you'll study agriculture and biology. You'll learn to apply concepts, processes, and procedures to manage resources in the areas of food, animal, and plant systems. Students who complete the new dual-degree program will receive two bachelor’s degrees: an Applied Science degree (concentration in Agriculture and Natural Resources) 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. You’ll begin your education with coursework at WSC, then transfer to UNL. Students also have the option to remain in Northeast Nebraska for the duration of the program by taking classes online with UNL.

Sample Program of Study

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Biology and Applied Science Program Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.S. in Life Sciences (Biology concentration) from WSC and B.S. in Applied Science (Agriculture concentration) from UNL

WSC: 90 hours (includes 30 hours of general education)
UNL: 30 hours
To graduate from WSC: 120

Schools: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice at WSC; College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL

Department: Life Sciences

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your Applied Science degree.

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.

Applied Science Bachelor Degree

Skills Learned

  • 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

Applied Science Major

Possible Careers

  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural producer
  • Crop consultant
  • Farm/ranch operator
  • Farm loan officer
  • Feedlot manager
  • Grain merchandiser
  • Farm service tech

Applied Science Degree


  • Farm/ranch
  • Agrochemical companies
  • Farm service agencies
  • Insurance companies

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. 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 the Applied Science degree program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Applied Science Bachelor Degree

Clubs and Organizations

Applied Science Major


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.

Applied Science Degree


  • 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
Applied Science Bachelor Degree


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.

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