Grain Science & Industry Department Overview
Kansas State University has been an important participant in the great tradition of grain science since 1905, when it set up a small-scale mill in the corner of a chemistry laboratory, which led to the Department of Milling Industries. With the addition of a feed curriculum in 1951, a baking program in 1963, and finally a commitment to all aspects of grain science, processing, and utilization, in 1966 the program evolved into the distinguished Grain Science and Industry program. Today, this program has a long-standing reputation for outstanding students, global industry influence, and cutting-edge research.
The K-State Grain Science and Industry program is now the only place in the United States that offers college degrees in baking, feed, or milling science and management. Our program not only grants Bachelor of Science degrees in these areas, but also Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as degree minors. Students learn the fundamental sciences of their fields, while at the same time gaining hands-on experience in K-State's modern pilot plants and laboratories, which include a bakery, feed manufacturing facility, and industrial scale flour mills. Additionally, they learn business fundamentals, so they leave school well prepared to enter business, industry or further study.
In the graduate program, interested and qualified students specialize in areas such as cereal chemistry, grain storage and handling, and grain processing and utilization. The graduate school accepts applicants from our own undergraduate program, as well as those with degrees in other science, math, engineering and related disciplines.
The Grain Science and Industry department is well connected with companies in literally every region of the world. We partner with many businesses by providing research, testing, and training services, which allows students and faculty to develop relationships with these companies. We also arrange for students and industry to interact through field trips, visiting speakers, conferences, and internships.
The area of grain science continues to grow, and the Grain Science and Industry department continues to grow with it.