Are you interested in designing machinery systems, do you want to be an engineer, and are you looking for an alternative program to Mechanical Engineering? Then the Agricultural Engineering Option of the Biological Engineering (BE) major may be just the right choice for you!

An Alternative to Mechanical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering draws on mechanical engineering concepts for design and development of particular applications. The following examples illustrate this:

Example 1. Fluid Power
The Agricultural Engineering Option emphasizes design of fluid power systems for power transmission and motion control, for mobile equipment or food processing facilities.

Example 2. Power Generation and Transmission
The Agricultural Engineering Option emphasizes design of power generation and transmission systems for off-road equipment, food manufacturing, feed delivery, etc.

Example 3. Automation
The Agricultural Engineering Option introduces advanced machinery systems, such as robotics and machine vision, applied to agricultural crop production .
In addition, the BE major offers emphasis in the application of engineering to bio-based energy, natural resource protection, design of structures, food manufacturing, and biological production and processing.

Program Comparison
The Agricultural Engineering Option of BE and Mechanical Engineering require common courses that can be used for either program. Certain first and second year courses that are unique to Mechanical Engineering can still be used if a student switches to the Biological Engineering major, which has a great deal of flexibility in using credits from other engineering programs. This is illustrated in the two tables below:

First and second year courses that are common to both programs

ENGL 15 - Composition & Rhetoric

ECON 102, 104 - Economic Principles

CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I

First Year Seminar

MATH 140 - Calculus I

PHYS 211 - Mechanics

MATH 141 - Calculus II

PHYS 212 - Electricity and Magnetism

EDSGN 100 - Intro. to Engineering Design

MATH 231 - Calculus of Several Variables

ME 300 - Thermodynamics

MATH 251 - Differential Equations

E MCH 211 - Statics

E MCH 212 - Dynamics

E MCH 213 - Strength of Materials

CAS 100A/B - Effective Speech

General education requirements are the same, including GA, GS, GH, GHW

Mechanical Engineering program courses that can be applied to the BE Major

Course taken for ME: Counts in BE as:

CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II

Technical Elective or Basic Science

CMPSC 200 - Programming

Technical Elective (up to 6 credits)

MATH 220 - Matrices

Technical Elective or Basic Science

PHYS 214 - Waves and Quantum Physics

Technical Elective or Basic Science

BIOL 141 - Introductory Physiology

Ag/Biological Elective or Basic Science

Other ME courses

Engineering Science/Design (up to 6 credits)

With the Ag Engineering Option of the BE major, the Off-Road Equipment minor can be accomplished without taking extra credits if the student plans carefully with help from a BE advisor