Jul 29, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering


The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering  (BAE) of Kansas State University (KSU) offers courses of study leading to a (B.S./M.S.) in engineering. A student that successfully completes this program will receive both a B.S. BSE and an M.S. BAE degree from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department (BAE). This program has thesis and report formats.

Admission Requirements:


A student must petition Kansas State University’s Graduate School to be admitted into this program. The following requirements must be met before an individual can be admitted into this program.

  • The student must be seeking a B.S. BSE degree from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE).
  • The student must have completed at least 80 credit hours of his/her undergraduate degree.
  • The student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.25.
  • The student must have a member of KSU’s Graduate Faculty in the BAE department agree to be his/her major professor (this professor can be changed in accordance to KSU’s policies.)
  • The student must be accepted to this program before receiving his/her B.S. BSE degree.

Program Formats and Guidelines:


Since there is some overlap between undergraduate and graduate study, some graduate courses will satisfy the degree requirements for the undergraduate degree. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours from the M.S. BAE degree can be counted toward the B.S. BSE degree. Some additional conditions are:

  • The student must complete 30 graduate credit hours with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • The student must complete all B.S. BSE undergraduate requirements with the exception that up to 9 credit hours taken for graduate credit can also count toward his/her undergraduate degree requirements.
  • At least 18 of the graduate credit hours on the Graduate Program of Study must be in classes at the 700 level or above.
  • Once a student applies for this program, he/she must be continuously enrolled to complete this program. If a student is not enrolled for a fall or spring semester, this student loses the ability to count graduate credit hours toward his/her undergraduate degree.
  • A student pursuing a thesis format must complete at least 6 credit hours of Masters Thesis (BAE 899).
  • A student pursuing a report format must complete 2 credit hours of Masters Report (BAE 898).

Once an individual is admitted to the concurrent B.S. BSE/M.S. BAE degree program, the student should consult the graduate handbook for policies and procedures for graduate degrees, which include: supervisory committee, final examination, thesis defense, etc. The student’s supervisory committee must approve the program of study, which is a statement of that student’s graduation requirements.

Once a student has completed all of the graduation requirements, he/she will graduate with both a B.S. BSE and an M.S. BAE degree in the same semester. In the event that a student begins this program, but does not wish to finish the M.S. BAE degree requirements, he/she must change the nine credit hours of his/her graduate classes to undergraduate credit and then he/she will receive a B.S. BSE degree. Once the student has completed the required 128 credit hours, the BAE Graduate Committee will evaluate whether or not the student will be allowed to continue the concurrent B.S. BSE/M.S. BAE program based upon KSU Graduate School policies. If the committee doesn’t allow the student to continue with the program, then, upon completion of the B.S. BSE requirements, the student will graduate with a B.S. BSE degree. In either of these two cases, the student loses the ability to count courses toward both his/her undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Additional Procedures:


Each semester a student in this program must enroll in either BAE 815 (Graduate Seminar) or BAE 020 (Engineering Assembly). For at least one year, the student must be enrolled in BAE 815.

Program Format and Minimum Requirements*


An entering student must be pursuing a B.S. BSE and have at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA. The student must enroll in this program after completing 80 undergraduate credit hours, but before his/her B.S. degree is awarded.

The format for this program are as follows:*

  Thesis Report
BAE Courses (excluding Seminar) 9 9
Other Courses and Electives 13 17
Thesis or Report 6 2
BAE 815 (Graduate Seminar 2 2
TOTAL GRADUATE CREDITS 30 30

 

Other Policies:


*Actual degree requirements will be summarized on an approved plan of study. Some general guidelines include:

  • The student must complete all of the B.S. BSE undergraduate requirements with the exception that up to 9 credit hours taken for graduate credit can also be counted toward his/her undergraduate degree requirements.
  • The student must complete at least 30 graduate credit hours.
  • At least 18 hours of graduate courses must be at or above the 700 level.
  • Graduate courses in the BAE department must be at or above the 600 level.
  • Graduate courses outside the department must be at or above the 500 level.
  • Continuous enrollment required.
  • Each semester a student must enroll in either BAE 020 or BAE 815 and complete at least 2 semester hours of BAE 815 for credit.