WAYNE – Students wishing to pursue an agriculture and natural resources degree in northeast Nebraska will now be given that chance after Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have announced their partnership.
According to a release from Wayne State College, students who complete the new dual-degree program will receive two bachelor’s degrees. One being an applied science degree (concentration in agriculture and natural resources) from UNL and a life sciences degree (concentration in biology) from WSC.
WSC and UNL have working on this partnership for just over a year. Dr. Marysz Rames, President of Wayne State College said they were really looking at their curriculum.
“So, what kinds of programs and courses do we provide that will blend nicely with what the University provides in the area of agriculture,” said Dr. Rames. “By providing this program, we’re going to see more students stay in the state. Not only earn a degree from Wayne State but also earn that agriculture degree from our premier agriculture school in the state.”
Program candidates will begin their education with coursework at WSC, then finish the degree with UNL while remaining, if they desire, in northeast Nebraska to complete the final year online or in a laboratory setting. With these degrees, graduates will be prepared for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, business to mechanization, to leadership and food. Students will take 90 credit hours (which includes 30 hours of general education) with Wayne State and finish with UNL with 30 credit hours that can be completed online or at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Michael Boehm is the Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska system. Dr. Boehm added the idea is for maximum flexibility for the student.
“Some students would prefer to stay in northeast Nebraska here at Wayne (while) others would choose to move from Wayne to UNL,” Dr. Boehm added. “I think the really key thing here is that the students in this dual degree program get to experience both campus; both cultures.”
Academic partnerships often work by providing students with access to resources that suit their situation, such as location, relevance and quality. The UNL-WSC partnership provides students with a wide range of options that serve their career goals and the Nebraska workforce.