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    K-State Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2004
    About the Catalog
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    Admission
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    Agriculture
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    Arts and Sciences
    dMajors and Degrees
    dDegree Requirements
    dBachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences
    dBachelor of Fine Arts
    dBachelor of Music
    dBachelor of Music Education
    dAssociate of Arts at Fort Riley
    dAssociate of Science at Fort Riley
    dDean of Arts and Sciences Courses
    dProgram Options
    dAdvising
    dUniversity Undergraduate Studies
    dPre-Law
    dPre-Health Professions Program
    dAerospace Studies
    dAnthropology
    dArt
    dBiochemistry
    dBiology
    dChemistry
    dEconomics
    dEnglish
    dGeography
    dGeology
    dHistory
    dJournalism and Mass Communications
    dKinesiology
    dMathematics
    dMilitary Science
    dModern Languages
    dMusic
    dPhilosophy
    dPhysics
    dPolitical Science
    dPsychology
    dSociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
    dSpeech Communication, Theatre, and Dance
    dStatistics
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    Education
    Engineering
    Human Ecology
    Technology and Aviation
    Veterinary Medicine
    Graduate School
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    University Faculty
     

    University Undergraduate Studies

    Interdisciplinary options
    Interdisciplinary options within the university undergraduate studies major provide an opportunity for students to organize their interests within a broad area of study rather than within the narrower focus required by a major in a single discipline. Students who want to create their own fields of emphasis and students who are eager to pursue multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems often choose an interdisciplinary major. Other students choose interdisciplinary study as a second major, adding it to a departmental major in order to gain expertise in complementary areas.

    Open option: Advising for undeclared students
    Students in the university undergraduate studies major may declare one of the interdisciplinary options upon entering the major or they may enter in the open option. Students in the open option must declare one of the interdisciplinary options or another major on or before the completion of 60 credit hours. It is strongly recommended that students with more than 45 cumulative hours not enter the open option. However, transfer students and those facing exceptional circumstances may enter the open option with more than 45 hours on the recommendation of an open option advisor. Such students may remain in the open option for one semester.

    The university undergraduate studies major offers the open option and four interdisciplinary options:

    Degree option Degree(s) Credit hours
    Humanities B.A. only 36
    Life science B.S. or B.A. 39
    Physical science B.S. or B.A. 37
    Social science B.S. or B.A. 36

    The requirements for each of the interdiscipliary options are sufficiently flexible to allow students, in consultation with their advisors, to devise degree programs designed to meet their particular needs, interests, and career goals.

    Humanities
    The humanities disciplines require the study of cultural artifacts, traditions, and activities. The purpose of cultural study is to learn what culture means and how individuals operate within it. This study should enable students to understand their own places in existing traditions, and help them to contribute positively to the development of new ones. Creativity, imagination, and interpretation are central to humanistic study. The humanities disciplines include art, dance, speech, theater, history, languages, literature, music, and philosophy. A humanities major leads to the traditional liberal degree, the bachelor of arts.

    A student seeking admission to the program must submit a plan of study to an interdisciplinary humanities advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences dean's office for approval. This proposal must include a rationale or thematic design for the interdisciplinary degree and a tentative listing of courses. The student must confer with other humanities faculty members who have special expertise in the areas of the student's interest. This procedure should be accomplished before or during the semester in which the student completes 60 credit hours toward the degree. The student's proposal must be approved by the Humanities Advisory Committee.

    The humanities major consists of 36 credit hours.

    Fifteen credits must be completed in each of two humanities disciplines; these should be selected from among courses normally counted toward a major in the field. However, courses applied toward another major may not also be applied toward the humanities interdisciplinary major.

    At least 15 credit hours must be completed in humanities disciplines at the 500-699 level, including at least two courses in each of the two humanities concentration areas. (Students interested in music are encouraged to seek special advising in the music department.)

    No more than 9 credit hours may be counted toward both the general requirements and the major.

    A student with a well-defined theme that exceeds the scope of these requirements may petition the Humanities Advisory Committee for an appropriate waiver.

    A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

    Life sciences
    Life science is a multidisciplinary major that deals with studies of living organisms and life processes.

    BIOL 198Principles of Biology4
    BIOL 201Organismic Biology5
    BIOCH 265Introductory Organic and Biochemistry5
    or
    CHM 350/351General Organic Chemistry and Lab5
    BIOL 455Microbiology4
    ANTH
    280/281Introduction to Physical Anthropology
    and Lab4
    Psychology course with prerequisite3
    Electives14*
    39
     
    *The 14 elective hours must be at or above the 300 level and they must be selected from two or more of the following fields: biochemistry, biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, physical anthropology, and psychology. A minimum of 15 hours in the major must be taken at K-State. Only transfer courses accepted by departments to meet requirements in their majors will be accepted to meet requirements in the life science major. To obtain a life science degree a student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the required science courses (including transfer work).

    The life science degree is not available to students who will earn a degree in biochemistry, biology, microbiology, pre-dentistry, and pre-medicine.

    Physical science
    Physical science is a multidisciplinary major that deals primarily with nonliving matter. It concerns itself with the theoretical and observable natural phenomena of our world and universe.

    Students majoring in physical science must earn grades of C or better in all courses (including transfer work) prescribed for this curriculum, including electives, as outlined below.

    Math 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
    Statistics 320, 340, 410, or 5103
    CHM 210Chemistry I4
    or
    CHM 220Chemical Principles I5
    and
    CHM 230Chemistry II4
    or
    CHM 250Chemical Principles II5
    PHYS 113General Physics I4
    or
    PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
    and
    PHYS 114General Physics II4
    or
    PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5
    GEOL 100/103Earth in Action and Lab4
    or
    GEOG 220Environmental Geography I4
    DAS 499Physical Science Senior Report1
    Electives5-9*
     
    *Students must complete a total of 37 hours in the major. Electives must be selected from the following:
     
    Computing and information sciences—200 or above
    Chemistry—350, 351, 371, 500 or above
    Geology—100, 102, 103, 105, 130, 500 or above, except 512
    Geography—221
    Mathematics—221, 222, 240, 510, or 551
    Physics—122, 191, 300 or above, except 515
    Statistics—341, 511, or above
     
    Problems, seminar, or topics courses are not acceptable unless listed above. At least five elective hours must have a prerequisite.

    DAS 499. Physical Sciences Senior Report. (1) I, II. Individual exploration of an area of physical sciences culminating in a final formal written report. Capstone course required of physical sciences interdisciplinary major. Pr.: Permission of physical sciences advisor.

    Social science
    Social science is a branch of learning that examines society's institutions—their structures, theoretical foundations, evolution, and interrelationships—and how they affect and are affected by human behavior. The social science disciplines include anthropology, economics, geography, history, mass communications, political science, psychology, and sociology.

    A student seeking admission to the program must submit a plan of study to an interdisciplinary social science advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences for approval. This proposal must include a rationale or thematic design for the interdisciplinary degree and a tentative listing of courses. The theme or rationale should run through a minimum of 12 hours of courses in the major. One course outside the stipulated social science disciplines may be used to count toward the major if the course fits the student's theme. No more than one course may be used unless more seem to be necessary to fulfill a student's theme.

    The student's social sciences advisor may encourage him or her to confer with other social science faculty members who have special expertise in the area of the student's interest. This procedure should be accomplished before or during the semester in which the student completes 60 hours of university credit.

    A total of 36 credit hours must be completed with at least 3 credits being completed in each of four different social science disciplines.

    At least 9 credit hours must be completed in one social science discipline, including at least one course at the 500-699 level.

    At least 15 credit hours must be completed in social science disciplines at the 500- 699 level.

    No more than 9 credit hours may be counted toward both the general requirements and the major.

    A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

    The social science major is not available to students who will earn a degree in anthropology, economics, geography, history, mass communications, political science, psychology, or sociology.

    Students must complete at least one course in social science research methods or data analysis. This course may be any statistics course that a student is qualified to take or may be selected from: GEOG 700 Quantitative Analysis in Geography; HIST 586 Junior Seminar in History; POLSC 400 Political Inquiry and Analysis; POLSC 700 Research Methods in Political Science; PSYCH 350 Experimental Methods in Psychology; SOCIO 520 Methods of Social Research; STAT 330 Elementary Statistics for the Social Sciences.

    The research/data course cannot be used to fulfill any other requirement in the major. It can, however, be used to fulfill a general requirement.

    Topics within Arts and Sciences:
    dMajors and Degrees dPre-Health Professions Program dKinesiology
    dDegree Requirements dAerospace Studies dMathematics
    dBachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences dAnthropology dMilitary Science
    dBachelor of Fine Arts dArt dModern Languages
    dBachelor of Music dBiochemistry dMusic
    dBachelor of Music Education dBiology dPhilosophy
    dAssociate of Arts at Fort Riley dChemistry dPhysics
    dAssociate of Science at Fort Riley dEconomics dPolitical Science
    dDean of Arts and Sciences Courses dEnglish dPsychology
    dProgram Options dGeography dSociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
    dAdvising dGeology dSpeech Communication, Theatre, and Dance
    dUniversity Undergraduate Studies dHistory dStatistics
    dPre-Law dJournalism and Mass Communications   
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    June 5, 2003