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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the Catalog

The K-State Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs are electronic references for those interested in academic policies, procedures, and programs of the university.

Degree requirements and programs are organized by colleges and departments. Course descriptions are provided to help you and your academic advisor plan your academic choices.


Kansas State University reserves the right to make changes in admission requirements, fees, degree requirements, and other rules and guidelines appearing in this catalog. Such changes take precedence over catalog statements. While reasonable effort is made to publicize any changes, the student should remain in close contact with departmental advisors and appropriate offices. Responsibility for complying with all applicable requirements ultimately rests with the student.

Although the university attempts to accommodate the course needs of students, course offerings may be limited by financial, space, and staffing considerations or may otherwise be unavailable. Nothing in this catalog may be construed to promise or guarantee registration in any course or course of study, nor may anything be construed to guarantee completion of an academic program within a specific length of time.

Admission to the Graduate School is not complete until application materials and fees have been fully processed and the applicant has been notified in writing of admission by the Graduate School.

Course Descriptions

The following course description key explains the system used for courses listed throughout the catalog.

Sample undergraduate course description

GEOG 321 - Environmental Geography II
Credits: (4)
A basic physical geography course emphasizing the atmosphere, weather, climate, and the biosphere. Includes human modification of atmospheric conditions, climate change, severe storms, and the association between global climate and plant distributions. Introduces map use, including isopleth and weather maps.
Three hours lec. and one two-hour lab per week.
Pr.: GEOG 221 Environmental Geography I.
When Offered: I, II
UGE course: UGE

Sample graduate course description

GEOG 899 - Master’s Thesis
Credits: (6)
For student enrolled in geography option A.
Requisites: Pr.: Registration in the Graduate School, with sufficient training to carry on the line of research undertaken. Consent of instructor.
When Offered: I, II, S

Reference number
(e.g., 13086)
This five-digit number, automatically reassigned each semester, designates a course section.

Course number
The letters GEOG denote the department in which the course is offered (in this case, the Department of Geography).
The three digits of the course number 221(undergraduate) and 899 (graduate) represent the level of the course (e.g., 100-199 = first year, 200-299 = second year, etc.)

000 - 099   An undergraduate course in which no credit is granted toward degree requirements.
100 - 299   An undergraduate lower-division course, designated as a freshman - or sophomore - level course.
300 - 499   An undergraduate upper-division course, designated as a junior- or senior-level course.
500 - 699   An undergraduate upper-division course, primarily designated as a junior- or senior-level course. Courses numbered 500 - 599 may be taken for graduate credit only in a graduate student’s minor field. Courses numbered 600 - 699 may be taken for graduate credit in a graduate student’s major field.
700 - 799   An undergraduate upper - division or graduate course, primarily a graduate-level course.
800 - 899   A graduate course, primarily for a master’s level course or a professional-level course.
900 - 999   A graduate course, primarily for a doctoral-level course.

The number in parentheses (4) indicates the units of credit given for the course.

The I, II, S, and/or intersession following the course title indicate the term, or terms, each course is usually offered; I stands for fall term, II for spring term, S for summer term, and intersession for the session between terms.

UGE indicates that the course has been approved for University General Education program credit.

The abbreviation Pr. indicates prerequisites for the course. In the sample course, students would be required to have completed Environmental Geography I before enrolling. Some courses list Recommended pr., which means a previous course is strongly recommended, although not required.

Some courses may allow or require concurrent enrollment in other courses. This is indicated by the abbreviation Conc.


Faculty Lists Key

Departmental sections

In the departmental sections, faculty members are listed by their last names and according to their faculty rank.

Faculty section

An all-inclusive faculty and administration section lists each faculty member’s full name, academic degrees, and year of first appointment at K-State (in parentheses).

Graduate faculty

Consult the K-State Graduate School website.


All phone numbers are 785 area code, except where noted. All addresses are Manhattan, Kansas, 66506, except where noted.

Online Catalog

The undergraduate and graduate catalogs are available at

Other Publications

Course schedule

The Course Schedule, a listing of courses offered each semester, is available at

For future undergraduate students

Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0114
785-532-6250 or
1-800-432-8270 (toll free)

Admissions Guide and workbook: Overview of majors and student life. Includes applications for admission, scholarships, and campus housing.

For future graduate students

Graduate School
Kansas State University
103 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103
785-532-6191 or
1-800-651-1816 (toll free)

Graduate Studies: Overview of K-State’s graduate programs and research opportunities.

Graduate Catalog: Description of graduate programs and courses.

Graduate Handbook: University policies on graduate education adopted by the Graduate Council.

For continuing education students

Division of Continuing Education
Kansas State University
College Court Building
Manhattan, KS 66506-6001
785-532-5575 or
1-800-622-2KSU (toll free)

Online Distance Education Class Information: Listing of classes that can be taken in your own community. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificate programs offered.

Courses for Educators: Listing of classes of interest to educators. Available each term.

Evening College: Classes available each 8-week term.

Intersession: Classes available in January, May, and August between K-State terms.

Professional development courses: Opportunities for professional education.