Selection of a major
Students usually select a curriculum or major when they enter the college. They are provided academic advisors in their major fields. Students enroll in general agriculture if they want to enter some part of professional agriculture but are not yet ready to identify a particular major. They are assigned an academic advisor in the academic programs office or an advisor in one of the academic departments. These students are urged to choose majors before the end of the freshman year.
The curriculum or major may be changed at almost any time and with relative ease, though a change after the sophomore year may delay graduation.
Electives permit adaptation of the program to the student's goals. The student should work with an advisor to develop the most beneficial and effective academic program.
Many students work part time at K-State laboratories, greenhouses, and farms. This experience adds greatly to students' learning and understanding.
Selection of an option
Most major fields of study in agriculture provide for selection of groups of courses known as options. Some typical options include:
Business and industries
Students who wish to emphasize business, marketing, and management related to agribusiness firms may select an option in business and industries. Course work includes classes in business administration and economics.
Those who plan to enter farming, ranching, horticultural production, landscape and turf management, or other technical positions in agriculture or agribusiness may select a production/technical option. Study in one of these options allows students to gain more depth in the technical aspects of their majors.
A science/professional option prepares students for research and graduate and professional schools. This option allows students to structure programs strong in the basic sciences and/or other areas that will enhance success in graduate and professional schools such as law and veterinary medicine.
Additional options are available in certain curricula or majors to allow students to develop specific strengths or specializations.
Suggested humanities and social science electives
(Maximum of 3 credit hours may be taken from participatory courses)
(must be taken from more than one department):
Suggested additional communications courses
|American ethnic studiesany course|
|Architecture, planning, and designany course in history or appreciation of architecture or environmental design|
|Artcourses in appreciation and theory|
|Economicsabove ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Englishany except courses in composition|
|Geographyany except GEOG 220 Environmental Geography I and GEOG 221 Environmental Geography II|
|Family studies and human servicesany course|
|Modern languagesany course|
|Musicany course in theory or appreciation of music|
|Political scienceany course|
|Sociology, anthropology, and social workany course|
|Women's studiesany course|