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List of Degrees

The letter in parentheses refers to the recommended mathematics background for each degree. See the Math Requirements for Degrees section immediately following.

College of Agriculture
Bachelor of science in agriculture

(E) Agribusiness (B.S. in agribusiness)

(E) Agricultural economics

(E) Agricultural education

(E) Agricultural communications and journalism

(E) Agricultural technology management

(E) Agronomy (crops and soils)

(E) Animal sciences and industry

(E) Bakery science and management (B.S. in bakery science and management)

(E) Feed science and management (B.S. in feed science and management)

(E) Food science and industry (B.S. in food science and industry)

(E) Horticulture

(E) Milling science and management (B.S. in milling science and management)

(E) Park management and conservation

(E) Pre-veterinary medicine (nondegree)


(E) Equine science

(E) Food science

College of Architecture, Planning, and Design

(F) Architecture (master of architecture)

(F) Interior architecture and product design (master of interior architecture and product design)

(F) landscape architecture (master of landscape architecture)

(F) Planning (master of regional and community planning)

College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of music education, and bachelor of science

(B) Anthropology, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Art, B.A. or B.F.A.

(E) Biochemistry, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Biology, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Chemistry, B.A. or B.S. · General chemistry

(E) Clinical laboratory science (medical technology), B.A. or B.S.

(B) Economics, B.A. or B.S.

(A) English, B.A.

(E) Fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, B.A. or B.S.

(B) Geography, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Geology, B.A. or B.S.

(A) History, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Kinesiology, B.A. or B.S.

(B) Mass communications, B.A. or B.S.

(F) Mathematics, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Microbiology, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Modern languages, B.A.

(A) Music · Music, B.A. · Applied music, B.M. · Music education, B.M.E.

(A) Philosophy, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Physics, B.A. or B.S.

(B) Political science, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Pre-dentistry, (nondegree)

(E) Pre-law (nondegree)

(E) Pre-health information management (nondegree)

(E) Pre-medicine, (nondegree)

(E) Pre-nursing (nondegree)

(E) Pre-occupational therapy (nondegree)

(E) Pre-optometry (nondegree)

(E) Pre-pharmacy (nondegree)

(E) Pre-physical therapy (nondegree)

(E) Pre-respiratory therapy (nondegree)

(E) Pre-veterinary medicine (nondegree)

(E) Psychology, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Social work, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Sociology, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Speech, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Statistics, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Theatre, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Women's studies, B.A. or B.S.

Interdisciplinary studies

(A) Humanities, B.A.

(D) Life sciences, B.A. or B.S.

(E) Physical sciences, B.A. or B.S.

(A) Social sciences, B.A. or B.S.


(A) American language and culture

College of Business Administration
Bachelor of science in business administration

(E) Accounting

(E) Finance

(E) Management

(E) Marketing

(F) Management information systems

(E) General business


(E) Certificate in international business

College of Education

(A) Elementary education (bachelor of science in elementary education)

Secondary education (bachelor of science)

(A) Education—Art

(E) Education—Biological science

(B) Education—Business

(E) Education—Chemistry

(E) Education—Earth science

(B) Education—Economics

(A) Education—English

(A) Education—English and journalism

(A) Education—Geography

(A) Education—History

(A) Education—Journalism

(F) Education—Mathematics

(A) Education—Modern languages

(E) Education—Physical science

(E) Education—Physics

(B) Education—Political science

(B) Education—Sociology

(A) Education—Speech

(B) Education—Social studies

College of Engineering

(F) Architectural engineering (B.S. in architectural engineering)

(F) Biological and agricultural engineering (B.S. in biological and agricultural engineering)

(F) Chemical engineering (B.S. in chemical engineering)

(F) Civil engineering (B.S. in civil engineering)

(F) Computer engineering (B.S. in computer engineering)

(F) Computer science (B.S. in computer science)

(E) Information systems (B.S. in information systems)

(F) Construction science and management (B.S. in construction science and management)

(F) Electrical engineering (B.S. in electrical engineering)

(F) Industrial engineering (B.S. in industrial engineering)

(F) Manufacturing systems engineering (B.S. in manufacturing systems engineering)

(F) Mechanical engineering (B.S. in mechanical engineering) · Nuclear engineering option


(E) Leadership technical studies

College of Human Ecology

B.S. in apparel and textiles

(C) Apparel and textiles · Apparel design and production · Apparel marketing

B.S. in athletic training

(C or F) Athletic training

B.S. in dietetics

(C) Dietetics

B.S. in family studies and human services

(C) Communication sciences and disorders

(C) Early childhood education

(C) Family studies and human services · Personal financial planning · Family life and community services · Life span human development

B.S. in hotel and restaurant management

(C) Hotel and restaurant management

B.S. in human ecology

(C) General human ecology · Family and consumer sciences education teacher licensure

B.S. in human nutrition

(F) Nutritional sciences (pre-medical)

(C or F) Nutrition and exercise sciences

(C) Public health nutrition

B.S. in interior design

(C) Interior design

College of Technology and Aviation

Associate of applied science

(E) Aviation maintenance

(E) Applied technologies

Associate of science

(F) Applied business

Associate of technology

(E) Computer systems technology

(F) Construction engineering technology

(F) Electronic and computer engineering technology

(F) Mechanical engineering technology

(E) Professional pilot

(F) Web development technology

Bachelor of science in aeronautical technology

(F) Aviation maintenance

(F) Professional pilot

Bachelor of science in engineering technology

(F) Computer systems technology

(F) Electronic and computer engineering technology

(F) Mechanical engineering technology

Bachelor of science in technology management

(F) Technology management


(B) Aviation maintenance (airframe- powerplant)

College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine (doctor of veterinary medicine)

(See Colleges of Agriculture and Arts and Sciences for B.S. degrees in connection with College of Veterinary Medicine.)

Suggested College Preparation in Math

The degrees shown earlier in this section are conferred on completion of the prescribed curricula. The letter that precedes each curriculum indicates the suggested high school math courses that students should have completed.

(A) One unit of algebra, or one unit of geometry, or a unit involving the combination of these, or approved substitute

(B) One unit of algebra

(C) Two units of algebra

(D) One unit of algebra and one unit of geometry

(E) One and one-half units of algebra and one unit of geometry

(F) Two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, and one-half unit of trigonometry

Common Degree Requirements

The common requirements for all curricula leading to an undergraduate degree are: · Expository Writing, 6 credits · Public Speaking, 2 credits

Degree Requirements

To graduate, a student must complete a prescribed curriculum. Under special conditions substitutions are allowed as the interests of the student warrant. The total credit requirement for bachelor's degrees ranges from 124 to 167 hours, according to the curriculum taken. A minimum of 45 hours must be at a course level of 300 or above.

There are two grade point averages a student must meet to be awarded a degree: (1) at least 2.0 on K-State resident graded courses that are applied to the degree, and (2) at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA for all resident graded courses taken at K-State. Professional curricula may impose additional degree requirements.

Students must file an application for graduation clearance in the appropriate dean's office during the first four weeks of the semester (first two weeks for summer semester) in which the degree is to be completed.

It is the student's responsibility to be certain that transcripts from all transfer institutions are on file in the Registrar's Office before the end of the semester the degree requirements will be completed.

Up to half of the credits required for a normal four-year degree may be completed at an accredited two-year college.

Each student must complete at least 30 resident credits to be considered for a degree. Further, the student must complete 20 of the last 30 hours of resident credit at K-State. Courses in the student's major field shall be taken in residence unless an exception is granted by the major department on petition of the student. That department shall have jurisdiction over the acceptance of major courses by transfer for fulfillment of the major requirement.

Exceptions to the residence requirement of the final year may be made by the dean of the college and the department head in the student's major field, if the student has completed a total of three years of work acceptable to K-State. The student must submit satisfactory plans and reasons for completing the degree requirements at another institution, such as a dental, medical, law, or medical technology school, before earning a degree here.

Resident work includes all regularly scheduled course or laboratory instruction given by the regular university faculty.

At least five-sixths of the credit hours taken at K-State and applied toward a degree must be graded hours. Required courses of an internship or practicum nature or credit by examination, offered on a Credit/No Credit basis only, are to be considered as graded hours in implementing the five-sixths policy.

Candidates for spring graduation should attend commencement. Fall graduates are asked to participate in the commencement exercises in December or the following spring. Prospective summer graduates may participate in the exercises before or after graduation.

Students generally complete degree requirements in the normal four or five academic years allotted for that purpose. However, it could take additional time because of a significant change of educational objective. A student may interrupt studies for one or more semesters. Normally, the student will be expected to complete the degree program in not more than two years beyond the scheduled time. The individual whose education has been interrupted may have to meet new degree requirements if a change has occurred.

Dual degrees

Students may elect to earn two degrees at the same time. The requirements for both must be satisfied. Students should confer with each academic dean as early as possible to determine appropriate programs of study.

Students who are eligible to graduate with two degrees must file an application for graduation for each degree in the academic dean's offices during the first four weeks of the semester they plan to complete degree requirements. Summer graduates must file their applications for graduation during the first two weeks of the summer semester.

Minors, Secondary Majors, and Certificates


Undergraduate minors provide students an opportunity to emphasize study in an area outside their major curriculum. Because expertise in areas related to a major may be beneficial, students are encouraged to consider broadening their course of study through pursuit of a minor.

Students completing all requirements for a minor will receive official recognition on their academic records. A minor will be posted on the academic record when the degree is completed and posted on the transcript. Once the degree is awarded, a minor cannot be added; the minor is considered to be part of the degree program.

A minor requires completion of at least 15 designated hours of course work. Faculty in departments offering minors have specified courses that enable students to acquire moderate expertise in their discipline. Courses forming a minor may be used to satisfy the general requirements of a major curriculum, including free electives.

Declaration of a minor is optional. Students are not required to complete a minor to graduate.

Students interested in completing one or more minors should consult their advisor. Additional counsel should be sought from the minor program director. Students are encouraged to seek advice and information about potential areas of emphasis early in their academic planning.

For more information on specific minors, consult individual department course listings.

College of Agriculture


Agricultural economics


Agricultural technology management

Animal sciences and industry

Bakery science and management

Cereal chemistry

Contemporary citizenship in agriculture


Feed science and management

Food science


International agriculture

Plant pathology

College of Architecture, Planning, and Design

Community planning

College of Arts and Sciences

American ethnic studies





East Asian studies



Environmental geophysics




Modern languages (French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish)

Military leadership




Political science




Women's studies

College of Business Administration


College of Education

Leadership studies

College of Engineering

Computer science

Manufacturing systems

Secondary majors

See the Secondary Majors section of this catalog for information on these programs:

American ethnic studies Gerontology International studies Latin American studies Natural resources and environmental sciences

Certificate programs

Aviation maintenance (airframe—power plant) American language and culture

Equine science

Food science

Geographic information systems

International business

Leadership technical studies (engineering)

University Honors Program

K-State's university honors program provides exceptional students with an understanding of contemporary concepts of common and diverse intellectual traditions, as well as discipline-specific knowledge and abilities. Our community of scholars will possess global awareness and competence in dealing with an increasingly diverse world, having had educational experiences that emphasize scholarship, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity. Students in the program will possess superior written and oral communication skills and will become active participants in the lively discourse of today's world.

Admission requirements

The general criteria for admission to the university honors program are as follows:

1. ACT composite of 28 or greater.

2. A high school GPA of 3.75 or greater (weighted or unweighted).

3. Completion of the application together with one letter of support from an individual who can attest to your motivation and ability to perform honors-level work.

Students who have notable extracurricular experience and/or leadership activities and who, for whatever reason, do not quite achieve the GPA and ACT cutoffs are still encouraged to apply. Because of the high quality and number of applicants, meeting the above criteria does not necessarily guarantee admission. All components of the application are used to reach a final decision.

Current students wishing to enter the university honors program should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (K-State grades only) and are encouraged to visit with the staff about their specific situation. Students transferring from other institutions who are interested in a possible honors curriculum are also encouraged to consult with the university honors program staff.

Honors curriculum

Students in the program will have access to special classes, seminars, and colloquia that vary by semester. Honors students also have the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty members in their areas of interest.

Honors students will be encouraged to explore extra-curricular activities such as community service, study abroad, and applying for prestigious scholarships as a part of their honors plan. Students will work closely with their academic advisor and the university honors program office to develop and execute an honors program of study. In general, during a student's junior and senior years, emphasis will be placed on their specific major and the completion of a senior project done in conjunction and guidance of faculty.

The ultimate goal of the university honors program is to provide capable and motivated students with strong opportunities to enhance their educational experience at K-State.

For more information


E-mail: ksuhonors@k-state.edu

University General Education Requirements


The university general education program strives to add breadth to the educational experience. It helps students widen their perspectives, explore the relationships between various subjects, and develop critical and analytical thinking skills.

UGE courses are not designed to be taken in a single block at the beginning or ending of a student's college career. They should be continuous and spread across the entire college career.

Any student whose acquired credit at Kansas State University or any other institution began in fall 1997 or later will be obligated to meet UGE requirements. Transfer students need to contact their advisors and see the Transfer Admission section of this catalog.

Overview of requirements

Students must complete at least 18 hours of approved UGE courses, one-third of which must be at the 300-level or above.

The courses accepted for UGE credit will vary according to college and major. All students should consult with their advisors to determine which UGE courses meet the requirements of their degree programs.

Only courses completed at Kansas State University and approved for university general education can be used to meet these requirements.

For more information

· Consult your advisor.

· Check each semester's Course Schedule; refer to www.ksu.edu/courses/.

· More information about the UGE program is available at: www.ksu.edu/cat1/uge.

Approved courses

In course descriptions, UGE courses are marked with a University General Education course. A list of currently offered UGE courses is available on the web at this address: www.ksu.edu/registrar/enroll/gened.html

Policy for credit by examination

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Programs (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) credits may be considered “transfer credits” for purposes of the UGE policy for students transferring credit to K-State. See the Transfer Admission section of this catalog.

Policy for curriculum changes

Students changing curricula within Kansas State University must satisfy the UGE requirements for the program in which they will graduate. Students entering a bachelor's degree program after completing an associate degree at Kansas State University are not considered to be transfer students, as far as the UGE requirements are concerned; these students must meet the UGE requirements for the curriculum they are entering.

UGE policy for double majors and dual degrees

A student must meet the UGE requirements for his/her primary degree/major. UGE requirements for additional degrees or majors are waived.

UGE policy for credit for study abroad

Students who participate in study abroad programs approved by Kansas State University will meet UGE requirements either upon successful completion of K-State study abroad course work or transfer of study abroad course credit accepted by K-State. This policy is effective as of the 2002 spring semester.

Number of study abroad credit hoursUniversity general education requirements met
3-63 UGE credits at 300 level
7 and above6 UGE credits at 300 level
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