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Course Requirements

The following senior- and graduate-level courses are offered by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and may be used to fulfill a portion of a student's Graduate Program degree course requirements.

400-Level Courses

Undergraduate courses are designated as B E (Biological Engineering)

  • 461 - Design of Fluid Power Systems (3) Hydraulic systems, hydrostatic transmissions, electro-hydraulic systems in application to agricultural production and processing systems.
  • 462 - Design of Wood Structures (3) Structural properties of wood; design of wood structural elements; design of wood structural systems; design of post-frame buildings
  • 465 - Food and Biological Process Engineering (3) Reactor design, kinetics, fluid flow, thermal processes, and other topics applied to the design of systems for the food and biological process industry
  • 467 - Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities (3) Design of best management practices for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control as applied to the agriculture-urban interface
  • 468 - Microbiological Engineering (3) Application of basic engineering principles and designs in biochemical and biological processes
  • 469 W - Optimization of Biological Production and Processing Systems (3) Engineering and biological principles combined with economics and mathematical techniques to evaluate and optimize biological production and processing systems
  • 477 - Land-Based Waste Disposal (3) Analysis, design, and management of land-based systems for recycling and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastes
  • 494 H - Senior Honors Thesis (1-9) Students must have approval of a thesis adviser before scheduling this course
  • 495 - Agricultural Engineering Internship (1-6) Independent study and supervised cooperative education experience related to the student's career objective
  • 496 - Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses
  • 497 - Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest

500-Level Courses

  • 500 - Research Methods in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (3) Introduction to research philosophies, methodologies, issues and policies; measures of research quality; research report writing; research ethics.
  • 504 - Mechanics and Properties of Particulate Materials (3) Constitutive equations for cohesionless and cohesive particulate materials; measurement of properties; application to storage, flow, and consolidation.
  • 513 - Applied Finite Element, Finite Difference, and Boundary Element Methods (3) Applications of numerical methods in the areas of structures, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, machine design.
  • 517 - Surface Transport of Agricultural Pollutants (3) Understanding and modeling the surface transport processes of agricultural pollutants; particularly erosion, sediment transport, and movement of sediment-attached constituents.
  • 559 - Biological and Agricultural Systems Simulation (3) Continuous simulation modeling of biological and physical systems, numerical simulation techniques, validation and verification, difference measures, sensitivity analysis. Prerequisites: MATH 111 or 141.
  • 562 - (EMCH) Boundary Element Analysis (3) Numerical solution of boundary value problems using fundamental solutions; application to problems in potential theory, diffusion, and elastostatics. Prerequisite: A B E 513, E MCH 461, or 560.
  • 568 - Food Safety Engineering (3) Predictive microbiology and modeling, conventional and novel detection and enumeration methods, conventional and novel processing methods, applied to plant layout, construction materials, and equipment design for microbial food safety.
  • 590 - Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speaker
  • 596 - Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal course
  • 597 - Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term

Additional Grad Courses Outside ABE Department

Selection List of Graduate Engineering Courses*
(This list to be updated every three years—Next update 2017)

  • BIOE 517 (MATSE 507) - Biomaterials Surface Science (3) Special properties of surfaces as an important causative and mediating agent in the biological response to materials.
  • C E 551 - Random Processes in Hydrologic Systems (3) Hydrologic systems analysis, simulation; design using probability, time series and dynamical systems; formulating models, parameter estimation, environmental impact, resource assessment.
  • C E 555 - Groundwater Hydrology Analysis and Modeling (3) Introduction to groundwater resource analysis, model formulation, simulation, and design of water resource systems using symbolic and numerical methods.
  • C E 561 Surface Hydrology (3) Quantification of the processes that govern the movement and storage of water near the land-surface including precipitation, evapotranspiration, and runoff.
  • C E 564 - Sediment Transport in Alluvial Streams (3) River flow, river channel formation, the physical characteristics of rivers, responses of rivers to natural and human-made changes.
  • C E 567 - River Engineering (3) Introduction to river mechanics and fluvial geomorphology applied to problems of sediment transport and channel morphology.
  • C E 576 (CH E 576) Environmental Transport Processes (3) Fundamentals of chemical transport in engineered environments, such as biofilm reactors, and natural systems including aquifers and rivers.
  • CH E 524 - Chemical Engineering, Application of Thermodynamics (3) Elements of thermochemistry and thermodynamics of greatest importance in chemical engineering.
  • CH E 535 - Chemical Reaction Engineering (3) Optimal design of batch and continuous chemical reactors and reactor batteries; effect of mixing on reactor operation.
  • CH E 544 - General Transport Phenomena (3) Formulation and solution of transport problems involving momentum, heat, and mass transfer, with chemical engineering applications. 
  • CH E 597C - Membrane Separations and Transport ( 3) This course will focus on membrane separations fundamentals and applications primarily for aqueous separations. Low pressure, high pressure and electrically as well as osmotically driven membrane separations will be covered in detail. A module will cover biological membrane transport and modeling.
    (To be replaced with the permanent number course when approved)
  • E MCH 507 - Theory of Elasticity and Applications (3) Equations of equilibrium and compatibility; stresses and strains in beams, curved members, rotating discs, thick cylinders, torsion and structural members.
  • M E 512 - Heat Transfer—Conduction (3) One- and two-dimensional conduction heat transfer for steady state and transient systems with varying boundary conditions.
  • M E 513 - Heat Transfer—Convection (3) Laminar and turbulent flow heat transfer in natural and forced convection systems.
  • M E 514 - Heat Transfer—Radiation (3) Thermal radiation fundamentals; specular and diffuse systems; differential and integral methods; numerical techniques; industrial applications.
  • SOILS 597A - Unsaturated Zone Hydrology (3) Lecture, literature discussion and computer modeling course covering water and contaminant transport through unsaturated soils and porous material.
    (To be replaced with the permanent number course when approved)

*Other similar graduate engineering courses (5XX) can be taken by petition
*Approved by ABE Graduate Faculty on September 9, 2014