Agricultural Engineering Concentration

The B.S. Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering provides a concentration in Agricultural Engineering. This concentration includes the integration of physical and biological sciences as a foundation for engineering applications in agriculture, food systems, energy, natural resources, the environment, and related biological systems. Students pursuing this concentration are involved in the design of systems for renewable energy, off-road equipment, water quality, and the utilization and protection of soil and water resources. Important design constraints are economics, conservation of materials and energy, safety, and environmental quality. Within this concentration, students are strongly encouraged to select a set of coherent courses that constitutes a specialization in their area of career interest either from the following list or a customized area  chosen in consultation with an advisor:

  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Off-Road Equipment Engineering
  • Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Agricultural Engineering Concentration Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Engineering Risk & Uncertainty
Analysis of Data
Applied Statistical Methods I 1
Statistics and Probability I 1
ECE 206Elec & Electronic Circuits Lab1
ME 300Thermodynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Fluid Mechanics
Momentum and Heat Transfer
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
Total Hours14
1

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

Electives

This elective course work must be completed to fulfill the concentration. The subjects build upon the agricultural and biological engineering technical core.

Biological and natural sciences electives chosen from a departmentally approved list of Biological and Natural Sciences Electives – Group A 16
Technical electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least 8 hours must be Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Electives – Group A, and the remainder approved Other Technical Electives – Group A. 215
Total Hours21
1

Biological and Natural Sciences Electives – Group A

2

Technical electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least 8 hours must be Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Electives – Group A, and the remainder approved Other Technical Electives – Group A.

Suggested Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHours
ABE 100Intro Agric Biological Engrg1
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
RHET 105 or SE 1011Writing and Research3-4
MATH 2212Calculus I4
Liberal education elective3,43
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
SE 101 or RHET 1051Engineering Graphics Design4-3
ABE 141ABE Principles: Biological2
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
ABE 223ABE Principles: Machine Syst2
ABE 224ABE Principles: Soil Water2
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
TAM 211 or 2105Statics2-3
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
ABE 225ABE Principles: Bioenvironment2
ABE 226ABE Principles: Bioprocessing2
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Biological and natural science elective6a3
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
Select one of the following:3
CEE 202Engineering Risk Uncertainty3
IE 300Analysis of Data3
ABE 4405Applied Statistical Methods I4
STAT 4005Statistics and Probability I4
ECE 205Elec Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Elec Electronic Circuits Lab1
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7a3
Liberal education elective3,43
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
ECON 1033Macroeconomic Principles3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
Select one of the following:4
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
CHBE 421Momentum and Heat Transfer4
ME 310Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics4
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7a3
Liberal education elective3, 43
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
ABE 430Project Management2
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7a3
Other technical elective7a3
Liberal education elective3,43
Free elective43
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
ABE 4694Industry-Linked Design Project4
Biological and natural sciences elective6a3
Other technical elective7a3
Liberal education elective3,43
Free elective43
 Semester Hours16
 Total Hours: 128
1

RHET 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized. The alternative is GE 101. Students may take CMN 111 and CMN 112 in place of RHET 105.

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

Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. ECON 103 (or ECON 102 or ACE 100 by permission) must be one of the social & behavioral sciences courses, recommended to be taken early. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. 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.

4

One elective course must satisfy the General Education Advanced Composition requirement. ABE 469 fulfills this requirement.

5

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

6a

Students in the Agricultural Engineering concentration must complete 6 hours from the approved list of Biological and Natural Sciences Electives – Group A.

7a

Students in the Agricultural Engineering concentration must complete 15 hours of technical electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least 8 hours must be from the approved list of Agricultural Engineering or Biological Engineering Technical Electives – Group A, and the remainder selected from the approved list of Other Technical Electives – Group A.