Course Requirements

Students in this major will intensively study principles of forage and range sciences, animal sciences, and management economics. Students will further learn through seminars, capstone experiences, and a planned internship. Integration of disciplines will be emphasized in developing production systems that will optimize economic returns consistent with management objectives, resource availability, and environmental health. Sufficient flexibility is built into the program of study to permit specialization in ruminant livestock, forage and range management, or economics, while preserving the systems orientation of the major.

See one-page advising worksheet listing required courses.

See undergraduate bulletin listing academic course requirements.

See 4-year sample program of study.

See the GLS Internship section of this site for a brief description of that GLS requirement.

While not required, students are encouraged to be involved in activities that supplement what they learn in the classroom and on internship. See some Student Involvement opportunities related to the GLS program.

Prospective Students

Entering Freshmen: With good planning, the Grazing Livestock Systems major can be completed in four years.

Transfer Students: The GLS program lends itself well to students who wish to apply general studies and/or basic agriculture course credit from a community college or other institution of higher learning toward the GLS requirements. Several GLS majors began their undergraduate careers at another school. If you have attended another college in Nebraska, you can see the list of course equivalencies that will transfer to UNL at the Transfer Course Equivalencies site.

Not from Nebraska? A sophomore at Colby Community College in Kansas learned about the GLS major from Dr. Bryan Reiling during a judging team competition. He liked what he heard about the curriculum that combined animal science, range science and economics, so he transferred to UNL that fall. He said it was helpful that the core courses he took at CCC transferred well to UNL.

Out-of-state tuition can seem prohibitive. However, there are various programs and scholarships for which a student might qualify that would make UNL very competitive even for non-Nebraskans. See the UNL Scholarships site for a listing of types of assistance. Also see the GLS Scholarships section of this Web site.

plant growth diagram

The GLS curriculum includes courses from the basics of how plants grow to the integrated concepts in the capstone course: livestock management on range and pasture.

Annual Small Prairie Burn

In the range ecosystems course, GLS student Ben Andrews learns about prescribed burning while helping with the annual small prairie burn on the campus.

A week in the field

Students spend a week in the field as part of the capstone course requirement.