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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

BioRenewable Systems

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (BRS)

PROFESSOR Paul Heinemann, Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The BioRenewable Systems Major is an applied major that intertwines the study of engineering technology, natural resources, and agriculture with fundamentals of business, entrepreneurship, and management. Administered through the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the BioRenewable Systems (BRS) program uniquely prepares students to solve 21st century problems and attain careers in both traditional sectors and those relating to the emerging bioeconomy. Students in this program will secure: (1) knowledge of fundamental sciences related to resources, processes, and products in biorenewable systems; (2) communication and managerial skills relevant to careers in product development, technology, sales, marketing and management; and (3) the ability to apply systems analysis skills, positioning them for effective problem solving and leadership in the agricultural and bioproducts industries.

Graduates are typically employed as sales and field representatives, financial and technical consultants, and technical service or quality assurance personnel in renewable bioproducts or related agricultural sectors such as: power and machinery systems, forest products, food production, bioprocessing, environmental systems, wood structures, bioenergy, co-product development, and agrochemicals. Graduates may continue their education in a graduate program with a science, engineering, or business orientation.

The BRS major has two options: Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) and BioProducts (BP). 

Agricultural Systems Management Option
This option applies a technological approach to understanding and managing agricultural production systems to meet economical and sustainable needs. Basic study is emphasized in the agricultural and business management sciences, along with the application of the technical results of engineering research, design, and manufacturing. Graduates of this option apply their technology and management training to the diverse areas of food and fiber production; bioprocessing; and land, water, and air resources.

BioProducts Option
The scientific nature of biobased resources—their unique design, sustainability, and renewability—constitutes the core of this option.   Building upon that foundation, students will learn techniques for converting and efficiently utilizing these materials to maximize product life cycles, while simultaneously exploring relevant marketing and management strategies.  Technical electives for this option emphasize material sciences, engineering, and/or business. Career tracks are broad, ranging from traditional forest products companies to emerging sectors, including bioenergy co-products.

For the B.S. degree in BioRenewable Systems, a minimum of 120 credits is required for the BioProducts Option and minimum of 122 credits is required for the Agricultural Systems Management Option.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(30 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

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

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 105-109 credits
(This includes 30 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 73-75 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (45 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3)[1], ENGL 015 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
A S M 391 GWS(2), AG BM 106(3)[1], BRS 221(3)[1], BRS 300(3)[1], BRS 437(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
A S M 392 GWS(2), BRS 393(1), BRS 422(3), BRS 426(3), BRS 428(3), BRS 429W(3), BRS 490(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (28-30 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
E B F 200 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 110 GN(4) or BIOL 011 GN(3) and BIOL 012 GN(1) (Sem: 3-4)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 240 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 241(2) and B A 242(2); or B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 32-34 credits

AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT OPTION: 34 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
A S M 310(3)[1], A S M 327(3)[1], A S M 425(3), AN SC 201(4) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
AGRO 028(3) or HORT 101 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of specialization courses in consultation with an advisor.  At least 9 credits must be at 200-400 level. (Sem: 5-8)

BIOPRODUCTS OPTION: 32credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
BRS 411(4), ENGR 310(3)[1], W P 417(4) (Sem: 5-6)
BRS 423(3), E R M 402(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of specialization courses in consultation with an advisor.  At least 9 credits must be at 200-400 level. (Sem: 4-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-002

Review Date: 02/19/2013