At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
This minor provides students with an opportunity to apply engineering principles to agricultural and biological production and processing systems and to the management of our natural resources. Courses may be selected by students to gain a better understanding of soil conservation and water quality, food and biological process engineering, structures and their environments, power and machinery, or microbiological engineering.
What is Biological Engineering?
Biological Engineering involves the study of engineering fundamentals, very similar to traditional engineering disciplines like chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering. What makes Biological Engineering unique is the integration of these engineering fundamentals with biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences and the holistic approach taken to studying agricultural production, processing of food and other bio-based materials, and natural resource protection. Problem-solving skills are developed and then applied to grand engineering challenges such as sustainably providing safe food and clean water.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are pursuing an engineering major and want to complement it with an engineering minor that offers a different perspective on the connections between agriculture, food, and environment.
- You want to take application-focused classes with interactive labs and hands-on learning opportunities.
- You are interested in solving problems related to fundamental societal needs, like food, water, fiber, and renewable energy.
- You are passionate about sustainability.
|Requirements for the Minor||18-19|
Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 6 credits of the following:||6|
|Mathematical Modeling of Biological and Physical Systems|
|Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems|
|Structural Systems in Agriculture|
|Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials|
|Agricultural Measurements and Control Systems|
|Machines for Agricultural and Biological Processing|
|Principles of Soil and Water Engineering|
|Engineering Elements of Biochemistry and Microbiology|
|Select 9-10 credits from one of the following areas:||9-10|
Power and Machinery Systems
|Principles of Off-Road Machines|
|Selection and Management of Agricultural Machinery|
|Design of Fluid Power Systems 1|
|Internal Combustion Engines|
|Mechanism Design and Analysis|
|Microbiological Engineering 1|
|Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering|
|Biologically Inspired Nanomaterials|
Natural Resource Systems
|Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems|
|Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities 1|
|Land-Based Waste Disposal|
|Watershed Modeling for Water Quality Design|
|Introduction to Environmental Engineering|
|Water and Wastewater Treatment|
Food Process Systems
|Food and Biological Process Engineering 1|
|Mass Transfer Operations|
|Unit Operations in Food Processing|
|Product Design and Manufacturing Processes|
|Introduction to Structural Analysis|
|Design of Wood Structures 1|
|Design of Concrete Structures|
|Design of Steel Structures|
One of these five courses must be selected.
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
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