Program ChoicesGeneral agriculture
Students who are undecided regarding the selection of a major in agriculture may want to enroll in general agriculture. Courses taken in this area are selected with the help of an advisor to meet basic requirements and expose students to potential areas of study in agriculture through introductory course work in one or more departments. Examples of course selections for first semester follow:
Natural resource management
A major in park management and conservation with options in law enforcement, park manager, administration, or interpretation can be earned in the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources.
Range management and soil and environmental science options are available through the Department of Agronomy.
Students may major in agricultural communications and journalism with an environmental option through the Department of Communications.
These programs provide training for individuals interested in interpretation and application of ecological principles to environmental problems involving natural resources. Each program contains courses in the social sciences and humanities to help students become sensitive to the interactions between humans and their environmental surroundings. Courses in the physical and biological sciences help students understand and solve environmental problems, and courses in communications assist them in interpreting, conveying, and employing solutions. Many students in these programs also complete the secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences.
Pre-veterinary medicine program
The agribusiness complex of industries (processing, preservation, distribution, and retailing of farm-produced food, and manufacture and sale of farm equipment, feeds, and agricultural chemicals) employs a variety of professionally trained personnel. The type of education required varies with the nature of the work performed. A dual degree or a dual major may be appropriate, depending on the student's occupational objectives.
Dual degrees may be earned by a student who desires a B.S. degree in some discipline in agriculture along with a B.S. degree in some other college at K-State. To earn a dual degree, the student must complete the requirements for each degree.
Dual majors are completed by students who wish to complete two different programs of study in agriculture while earning a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. This approach allows the student to select two majors to give greater depth and breadth to the educational program. The student is required to complete the requirements for both majors and earns a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.
Natural resources/ environmental sciences secondary major
Minors may be earned in agribusiness, agricultural economics, agricultural technology management, agronomy, animal sciences and industry, entomology, food science, horticulture, bakery science, cereal chemisry, feed science, and plant pathology. See departmental listings for more information about requirements for those minors. Minors in both contemporary citizenship in agriculture and international agriculture are also available. Requirements are outlined in the General Agriculture section in this catalog.
Agriculture honors program
Students, on advice from faculty members, propose, prepare, and conduct an honors project of their choice. The intent of this activity is to provide the student with hands-on experience in the functioning of persons in academia and, therefore, must be of a creative nature. This project will be relevant to one or more of the missions of land grant institutions: research, extension, and/or instruction. The honors project is typically completed during the senior year. The supporting programs and courses taken during the freshman, sophomore, and junior years are designed to build toward the development and completion of a successful honors project.
Graduation with honors requires completion of an approved honors project and the reporting of that project in written and oral form in GENAG 515 Honors Presentation. The honors graduate must also complete a minimum of two upper-level courses (600 or above) in the student's area of interest and have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA. Membership in the honors program is by invitation and application.
Entering freshmen agriculture students with a 28 ACT (or equivalent SAT) or in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class are invited to join the Freshman Honors Experience. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, or second-semester junior transfer students with a GPA of 3.5 or above are invited to associate membership. Full membership is attained following submission of an approved honors project proposal.
Freshmen Honors Experience (FHE)
Additional information on the program and examples of previous honors projects can be found at: www.ag.ksu.edu/honorsprogram/ ag.htm. Students are also encouraged to contact their academic advisor, members of the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee, or the Student Honors Committee to learn more about the benefits of honors participation.
Questions about membership and requirements should be directed to the College of Agriculture Academic Programs Office in 117 Waters Hall.