Feb 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degrees & Certificates Offered

List of Degrees by College

College of Agriculture

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Concurrent Bachelor of Science/Master of Science




College of Architecture, Planning and Design


College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science

Interdisciplinary studies

Concurrent Bachelor of Science/Master of Science



Pre-Health Designations: Non-degree

College of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


Concurrent BS/BA and MS


College of Education

Bachelor of Science in Education


Teacher Licensure Programs

School of Leadership Studies Minor

College of Engineering

Concurrent Bachelor of Science/Master of Science



College of Human Ecology

Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science

Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Concurrent BS and MS


Dual Degree


College of Technology and Aviation Polytechnic Campus

Associate of Science

Associate of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science in Technology Management



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 120 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 a 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. Courses forming a minor may be used to satisfy the general requirements of a major curriculum, including free electives. Students are not required to complete a minor to graduate. A Minor can be awarded to a student upon or after being awarded a baccalaureate degree.

Students who declare and complete all requirements for a minor concurrent with a baccalaureate degree earned at Kansas State University will receive official recognition on their academic records when the degree is posted. Undergraduate students interested in completing one or more minors should consult their advisor as well as the minor program director(s). Students are encouraged to seek advice and information about potential areas of emphasis early in their academic planning.

Students who wish to complete a minor after a baccalaureate has been awarded to them by Kansas State University or during or after an advanced degree has been awarded to them by Kansas State University must reapply to Admissions as a non-degree undergraduate student to add a minor. Such students should consult with the minor program director for the minor of interest prior to reapplying. Students who declare and complete all requirements for a post-baccalaureate minor will reeive official recognition on their academic records when the minor is posted.

Individuals with baccalaureate or advanced degrees awarded only from accredited colleges or universities other than Kansas State University should consult the minor program director for the minor of interest about the availability of that particular minor to non-K-State graduates. If the minor is available to a non-K-State graduate, the individual must apply as a non-degree undergraduate student.

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. No more than six hours of transfer courses may be used for a minor. Prerequisites and requisites associated with minors must be followed, and students must earn the minimum GPA set by the minor program.

For more information on specific minors, please consult individual department course listings and the minor program director.

Secondary majors

K-State offers secondary majors in Biological Engineering, Gerontology, Global Food Systems Leadership, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. These secondary majors are open to degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students in all colleges, and are to be taken concurrently with a primary major. Most undergraduate programs of study will allow students to take both a primary and a secondary major within the normal four-year program, especially because courses applied toward the secondary major may also satisfy requirements for general education or restricted electives.

Program requirements follow a common pattern. Each includes two or more of the following features: an interdisciplinary introductory course (which might also satisfy distribution requirements); a list of electives from which students choose about 18 hours; and an interdisciplinary senior seminar featuring supervised independent study.

Each program has a supervisory committee and a director to whom students may refer for advising.

Certificate programs

A Kansas State University Undergraduate Academic Credit Certificate emphasizes a focused specialty area of study.

The program must increase the knowledge and skills of individuals.

The program must be validated by a specified assessment process.

Undergraduate academic credit certificates require approval through the Faculty Senate curriculum approval process.  The department and college that propose an undergraduate academic credit certificate program must provide for approval the following information:

  1. Purpose (clear and appropriate educational objective),
  2. Evidence of demonstrated need or demand for proposed certificate,
  3. Requirements,
  4. Desired outcomes,
  5. Assessment procedures,
  6. Estimated budget and staff required, and
  7. Evidence of approval of their certificate program through internal academic channels.

General Requirements

  • Certificates will require no fewer than twelve credit hours. 
  • No more than 25% of total credit hours required for the certificate may be transfer credits.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required on courses applied to a certificate.

A higher cumulative grade point average or minimum course grades of “C” or higher may be specified. All courses applied to the certificate must have letter grades. Courses with grades of “Credit” or “Pass” will not be applicable.

The department and college should also indicate whether or not the certificate can be obtained as a credential on its own (free-standing) or if the certificate may only be obtained by degree-seeking students at Kansas State University.  If a specific degree program is required, it should be specified.

All free-standing certificate programs will share the following admission process and criteria unless additional/higher criteria are specified by the department and college.


All certificate programs require admission to Kansas State University.  Certificates to be completed as a free-standing program require admission to Kansas State University as a non-degree, certificate-seeking student.

Students who do not intend to become a candidate for a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University must apply for admission as a non-degree, certificate-seeking student.  Such students must submit the admission application, application fee, and transcripts. Applicants must provide documentation of high school or GED completion and, if college courses have been attempted, official transcripts demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all post-secondary coursework.

Students who later choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree must apply for admission as a degree-seeking student.