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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Engineering

Biological Engineering

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences
University Park, College of Engineering (B E)

PROFESSOR PAUL H. HEINEMANN, Head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

This major helps prepare students for careers involving the application of engineering principles to agricultural and biological production systems, processing systems, and conservation of land and water resources. Education in mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences common to all engineering disciplines is provided along with specialized training in biological and agricultural sciences. The curriculum covers all areas of biological engineering, including development of machines for biological processing and agriculture, postharvest handling and processing of natural resource management and utilization, biological processes, food engineering, and structures and their environmental modifications. A student must select the Agricultural Engineering option, Food and Biological Engineering option or the Natural Resources Engineering option.

Program Educational Objectives:

Early career Biological Engineering graduates will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in basic and engineering sciences related to biological processing, natural resource, and agricultural engineering fields;
  2. Effectively identify, analyze and design sustainable solutions to address issues and opportunities throughout the world; 
  3. Have the ability to work in teams and effectively communicate within and outside the profession;
  4. Demonstrate strong leadership skills, ethical integrity, and professional engagement

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

Upon graduation Biological Engineering students will be able to:

1. Technical Knowledge

   A. Demonstrate proficiency in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology
   B. Demonstrate proficiency in engineering sciences
   C. Demonstrate proficiency in communications and information tools

2. Analytical and Problem Solving

   A. Understand scientific and engineering fundamentals and can apply them to solving problems
   B. Solve open-ended, real-world problems by applying fundamentals and principles of biological engineering
   C. Work in teams to solve problems

3. Human Relations and Leadership

   A. Value cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary activities and to recognize the rights of others.
   A. Involved in and able to assume leadership in professional and community activities.

4. Professional Responsibility

   A. Remain abreast of major contemporary issues.
   B  Remain abreast of developments, technology, and tools in the Biological Engineering profession.
   C. Understand how the engineering profession relates to societal problems and issues and to understand social and ethical implications or the solutions that are generated in Goal II.B.
   D. Know how to make informed ethical decisions.
   E. Assume, over time, greater responsibility in their profession/career.

Principles of engineering design experiences are integrated throughout the junior-year curriculum by having students solve problems typical of those encountered in the agricultural and biological engineering profession. A minimum requirement of three major design experiences in the senior year emphasize that biological engineers must learn not only how to develop engineering solutions to unique, practical problems using the newest technology, but also to assess and integrate the social and ethical implications of their solutions.

Careers for graduates include design, development, and research engineering positions involving biological processes, machinery development, natural resources management, materials handling, biological product development, and structural systems for animals, plants, and crop storage. Biological engineers are employed in industry, consulting firms, and governmental agencies in the United States and abroad. Graduates deal with the various engineering aspects associated with production and processing of food, fiber, and other biological materials, within the constraints of environmental protection and natural resource conservation.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHSY 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.S. degree in Biological Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. The baccalaureate program in Biological Engineering at University Park is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org.

 Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27-28.5 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 112-113.5 credits
(This includes 27-28.5 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses; and 1.5 credits of GHA courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 79 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (72 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), E MCH 211(3)[1], EDSGN 100(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 212(3)[1], E MCH 213(3)[1], M E 300(3)[1], MATH 231(2), MATH 251(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
B E 300(3)[1], B E 301(3)[1], B E 302(3)[1], B E 304(3)[1], B E 305(3)[1], B E 308(3)[1], B E 391 GWS(2), I E 424(3), (Sem: 5-6)
B E 392 GWS(2), B E 469W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3), or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33-34.5 credits

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING OPTION: (33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
C E 360(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (30 credits)
Select 3 credits in math/basic science[26] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from B E 303(3)[1], B E 306(3)[1], B E 307(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits in engineering science/design[26] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in agricultural/biological science[26] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in biological engineering[26] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in technical selection[26] (Sem: 7-8)
(Students may apply 3 credits of ROTC to the technical selection category and 3 credits to the GHA category upon completion of the ROTC program.)

FOOD AND BIOLOGICAL PROCESSING ENGINEERING OPTION: (34.5 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16.5 credits)
B M B 211(3), CHEM 202(3), M E 320(3)[1], NUTR 100 GHA(1.5) (Sem: 5-6)
B E 465(3), B E 468(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 6 credits in emphasis technical elective[26] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in any engineering science/design[26] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in technical selection[26] (Sem: 7-8)
(Students may apply 3 credits of ROTC to the technical selection category and 3 credits to the GHA category upon completion of the ROTC program.)

NATURAL RESOURCES ENGINEERING OPTION: 33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
A S M 309 (3)[1], B E 307(3)[1], C E 360(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
B E 467(3), B E 477(3), B E 487(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 6 credits in engineering science/design[26] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in biological/environmental sciences[26] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits in technical selection[26] (Sem: 7-8)
(Students may apply 3 credits of ROTC to the technical selection category and 3 credits to the GHA category upon completion of the ROTC program.)


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[26] Courses to be selected from a list approved by the Agricultural and Biological Engineering faculty. These courses must be chosen so that the engineering design and engineering science requirements for the major are met.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-035

Review Date: 02/23/2010

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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Dept head updated by Publications: 7/16/10

Accreditation statement updated by Publications, per COE: 8/15/11