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Program Choices

General 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:

Example I
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
ASI 102Principles of Animal Science3
MATH 100College Algebra3
HORT 256Human Dimensions of Horticulture3
AGCOM 110Introduction to Ag Communications1
Example II
AGEC 120Agricultural Economics and
GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
CHM 110General Chemistry3
CHM 111General Chemistry Lab1
CHM 210Chemistry I4
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
GRSC 101Introduction to Grain Science and Industry3
Example III
GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
EDSEC 300Introduction to Agricultural Education1
AGRON 220Crop Science4
PSYCH 110General Psychology3
FDSCI 302Introduction to Food Science3

Various foundation and agriculture courses can be substituted in the examples above, depending on the student's interest.

Natural resource management

Students interested in natural resource management can pursue programs in park management and conservation; environmental communications; range management; and soil and water science.

A major in park management and conservation with options in law enforcement, park manager, recreation business, 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

Students who satisfactorily complete the pre-veterinary medicine program and the first two years of the curriculum in veterinary medicine will be eligible for a bachelor of science degree in the College of Agriculture. Pre-veterinary medicine requirements may also be completed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
SPCH 105Public Speaking 1A2
CHM 210Chemistry I4
CHM 230Chemistry II4
CHM 350General Organic Chemistry3
CHM 351General Organic Chemistry
BIOCH 521General Biochemistry3
BIOCH 522General Biochemistry Laboratory2
PHYS 113General Physics I4
PHYS 114General Physics II4
BIOL 198Principles of Biology4
BIOL 455Microbiology (with lab)4
ASI 500Genetics3
Humanities and/or social science electives12

Dual degrees/dual majors

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 BS degree in some discipline in agriculture along with a BS 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.

Secondary majors

Certain departmental courses have been approved for credit toward secondary majors in gerontology, international studies, and natural resources and environmental sciences. A listing of approved courses may be found in the Secondary Majors section of this catalog.

Natural resources/ environmental sciences secondary major

See the Secondary Majors section of this catalog.


To pursue a minor in the College of Agriculture, students must: (1) file a declaration of intent to pursue a minor with the minor-granting department, and (2) consult with an advisor in the minor-granting department prior to enrolling in the last three courses used to satisfy minor requirements.

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

The College of Agriculture honors program enables capable students to expand their skills and stimulate their curiosity for continual learning. Students can explore a career area of interest through working closely with a faculty member on an honors project, attend professional meetings for research presentations, and have the potential for publication of the final paper in a student or professional research journal. Participants are recognized at the College of Agriculture honors student recognition program and commencement, and a notation of honors program completion is included on the K-State diploma and transcript. Funding for honors project expenses and scholarships for selected participants are also available.

Students, on advice from faculty members, propose, prepare, and conduct an honors project of their choice. This activity provides students 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 junior or senior year. The supporting programs and courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years are designed to build toward the development of a successful honors project proposal.

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)

Participants in the FHE will enroll in Ag Orientation (or Ag Econ/Agbusiness Orientation) for the fall semester and GENAG 295 Introduction to the Honors Program in the spring. This course will introduce students to a variety of research and projects that are taking place at the university and industry. Participants will be required to attend the GENAG 515 presentations. Students in the FHE are considered part of the honors family and are welcome at all meetings and activities. Those who achieve a 3.5 GPA at the end of the freshman year will be invited for associate membership. Being in the FHE is not a prerequisite for completion of the honors program.

Associate membership

Students at this level will create, with a member of the honors faculty, an academic plan of action. Members must maintain an 3.4 GPA to remain in the program. If the GPA falls below this level, the student has one semester to raise it 3.4 before being dropped. During the sophomore year, members will enroll in GENAG 395 Honors Project Topic Development in the fall semester and GENAG 396 Honors Project Proposal and Research Methods in the spring semester.

Full membership

Full membership is attained by submission of the approved honors project proposal during the junior or senior year. Full members are eligible to compete for project funding and scholarships. They will also assist with teaching the freshman and sophomore honors classes. During the final semester, members will enroll in GENAG 515 Honors Presentation for one credit. If additional academic credit is needed and warranted for the honors project, honors students may also enroll for up to 8 hours in a “special problems” course in the appropriate department.

Additional information on the program and examples of previous honors projects can be found at: 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.

University honors program

For information about the university honors program, available to all students entering K-State in fall 2006 or later, see the Degrees section of this catalog. Check the honors program website for applications, requirements, current classes, and more: