Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering offers a four-year degree program in Agricultural and Biological Engineering through the College of Engineering that is described below. 

The Department also offers a five-year dual degree program through both the College of Engineering and the College of ACES.  Students who successfully complete this five-year academic program receive the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering degree from the College of Engineering as well as the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the College of ACES. The requirements can be found here. Both degree programs are joint between the College of Engineering and the College of ACES with students beginning as new freshmen in the College of ACES.

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For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and biological engineering is the application of mathematics, physical and biological science, and engineering to agriculture, food systems, energy, natural resources, the environment, and related biological systems. This ABET-accredited program has special emphasis on environmental protection and the biological interface of plants, animals, soils, and microorganisms with the design and performance of environments, machines, mechanisms, processes, and structures.

The agricultural and biological engineering program requires one of two concentrations: Agricultural Engineering and Biological Engineering.

Orientation and Professional Development
These courses introduce the opportunities and resources that your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.
ABE 100Intro Agric & Biological Engrg 11
ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
Foundational Mathematics and Science
These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I 24
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Core
ABE 141ABE Principles: Biological2
ABE 223ABE Principles: Machine Syst2
ABE 224ABE Principles: Soil & Water2
ABE 225ABE Principles: Bioenvironment2
ABE 226ABE Principles: Bioprocessing2
ABE 430Project Management2
ABE 469Industry-Linked Design Project4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 205Elec & Electronic Circuits3
GE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
TAM 211Statics 32-3
or TAM 210 Introduction to Statics
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Concentration Requirements
Students will select one concentration:14
Agricultural Engineering Concentration
Biological Engineering Concentration
Electives
Technical electives and biological and natural science electives for the selected concentration21
Liberal Education
The Liberal education courses develop students' understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning. 4
ECON 103Macroeconomic Principles 53
Electives from the campus General Education social & behavioral sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education humanities & the arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts.6
Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.
Composition
These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.
RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition 6
Free Electives
These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors. 7
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 76
Total Hours128
1

External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

2

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

3

The extra hour of credit for this course may be used to help meet free elective requirements.

4

Liberal education courses

5

ECON 102 or ACE 100 maybe substituted by petition.

6

Satisfied by completing ABE 469 in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Core.

7

College of Engineering advising Web site.

Concentrations