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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 - Name of program changed to Biological Engineering (B E)

Agricultural and Biological Engineering - ARCHIVE

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

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR ROY E. YOUNG, 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 agricultural and biological engineering, including food engineering, postharvest handling and processing of commodities, power and machinery development and applications, resource management and utilization, soil and water management, and structures and their environmental modifications, product synthesis using microbiological organisms, and food safety. A student can select the Agricultural Engineering option or the Biological and Food Engineering option.

The objectives of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering program include:

  1. developing graduates who are able to effectively use basic and engineering sciences to solve problems and communicate effectively;
  2. developing graduates who are able to analyze and solve technical problems in agricultural and biological systems and work in teams;
  3. developing graduates who recognize the rights of others and who can assume leadership roles in employment, professional and community activities; and
  4. developing graduates who assume responsibility for their profession/careers by remaining abreast of technologies and tools of the engineering profession and of major contemporary issues, and understand how the engineering profession relates to societal and ethical issues.

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. Two major design experiences in the senior year emphasize that Agricultural and Biological Engineers must learn not only how to create and use the newest technology, but also to assess and manage the social and ethical consequences of that technology.

Careers for graduates include design, development, and research engineering positions involving food processing, machinery development, soil and water management, materials handling, biological product development, and structural systems for animals, plants, and crop storage. Agricultural and 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.

For the B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Agricultural and Biological Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; or www.abet.org (Opens New Window).

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 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 INTERCULTURAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 112 credits
(This includes 27 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.)

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

PRESCRIBED COURSES (75 credits)
CAS 100A GWS(3), 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), PHYS 212 GN(4) (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 (4 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 002 GS(3), or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33 credits

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING OPTION: 33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
B E 303(2)[1], B E 306(2)[1], B E 307(2)[1], C E 360(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 3 credits in math/basic science science[26] (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits in engineering science/design[26] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in agricultural/biological science[26]
Select 6 credits in agricultural and 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.)

BIOLOGICAL AND FOOD ENGINEERING OPTION: 33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
B M B 211(3), CHEM 202(3), M E 320(3)[1] (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.)


[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: Fall Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-01-136

Review Date: 8/29/06

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

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