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Fred Cholick, Dean and Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service

114 Waters Hall


Don Boggs, Associate Dean

Kevin Donnelly, Assistant Dean

Jackie McClaskey, Assistant Dean

Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs

117 Waters Hall



The College of Agriculture offers 13 bachelor of science degree programs, 10 master of science programs, nine programs leading to the PhD, and a pre-veterinary medicine program. The programs and options provide flexibility to meet the needs of students who will enter varied careers in the food chain and related agribusinesses.

The profession

Professional agriculture is the application of the physical, biological, and social sciences and the principles of management to food production, preservation and processing, crop and livestock marketing, culture of flowers, turf grass, and ornamentals, life processes of plants and animals, natural resources management, economic development, agricultural education and communication, and related fields.


More than 95 percent of the instructional faculty of the College of Agriculture have PhD degrees. All are actively involved in research and publish their findings regularly in scientific journals. They work closely with extension specialists. This integration of teaching, research, and extension helps ensure that courses are current and relevant.


Effective instruction in the application of basic sciences to modern agricultural industries requires land, buildings, livestock, and equipment. More than 4,000 acres of land are used for experimental work and for instruction.

A feed mill, flour mill, and bakery include modern equipment from eight countries, and new facilities are under construction. Colbert Hills Golf Course supports teaching and research related to the golf course management program. Greenhouses, laboratories, and field plots provide resources for horticulture and agronomy courses.

Modern animal industry and dairy and poultry buildings contain some of the latest equipment for teaching and research in nutrition, genetics, and food processing (meat, milk, eggs). Livestock of many breeds, plus various soil types, field crops, fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals, are used in teaching and research.

Professional programs

Agribusiness—BS, M.A.B.

Agricultural economics—BS, MS, PhD

Agricultural education—BS

Agricultural communications and journalism—BS

Agricultural technology management—BS

Agronomy (crops and soils)—BS, MS, PhD

Animal sciences and industry—BS, MS, PhD

Bakery science and management—BS

Entomology—MS, PhD

Feed science and management—BS

Food science—MS, PhD

Food science and industry—BS

Genetics—MS, PhD

Grain science—MS, PhD

Horticulture—BS, MS, PhD

Milling science and management—BS

Park management and conservation—BS

Plant pathology—MS, PhD

Pre-veterinary medicine—three years

Internships and cooperative education

Internships and co-op programs throughout the state and nation are available with agribusiness firms and agencies and in production agriculture to gain on-the-job experience. Specific internship and co-op requirements vary among departments and interdepartmental programs. Students may earn academic credit and money for approved internships and co-op experiences. The number of internships and co-op programs in the College of Agriculture is growing as companies seek to attract K-State graduates.

Extracurricular activities

Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential for today's agriculture graduate. K-State offers many opportunities to become involved on campus through departmental clubs, service organizations, student government, agricultural competition teams, and much more. Each contributes to greater personal and professional development.

International study opportunities

The College of Agriculture supports various programs for international experiential learning through agricultural study tours, semester abroad programs, and summer internships in other countries. An international agriculture minor that requires completion of an international experience is available to agriculture majors. Students in all majors are encouraged to include foreign language and international culture and business courses in their curricula. International travel and study programs are coordinated by the associate dean in 117 Waters Hall. Additional information on international agricultural programs is provided in the Outreach section of the catalog and at www.ag.ksu.edu/international.

Office for Diversity Programs

Zelia Wiley, Director

The Office for Diversity Programs provides support services for all students and faculty. The office provides leadership for diversity programs, educational activities, and recruitment and retention of multicultural students in the College of Agriculture. The director coordinates activities of the Kansas State University chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences. Through membership in MANRRS, students have access to enhanced professional development and career opportunities.


All students applying for College of Agriculture scholarships must complete the K-State scholarship application. File it electronically at www.k-state.edu/sfa.

By completing the university's scholarship application, you become eligible for all university, college, and departmental scholarships for which you are qualified. Scholarship applications for entering freshmen should be submitted by November 1 to receive priority consideration by the university and by February 1 to be considered by the College of Agriculture. Transfer students should apply by February 1.

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