Biological Engineering Concentration

The B.S. Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering also provides a concentration in Biological Engineering. This concentration integrates biology and engineering to provide solutions to problems related to living systems (plants, animals, and microorganisms). Engineered biological systems vary widely in scale. At the molecular level, nanometer-scale devices consist of a few biomolecules inside individual cells. At the other extreme, regionally-scaled complex ecosystems depend upon multiple species of interacting living organisms. Such systems are becoming increasingly important in areas such as bioenergy, bioprocessing, nanotechnology, biosensing, bio-informatics, and bioenvironment. 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:

  • Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Nanoscale Biological Engineering
Biological Engineering Concentration Requirements
ABE 341Transport Processes in ABE3
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I 13
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
Total Hours14
1

May be taken for 4 credit hours; the extra hour may be used to help meet free elective requirements.

Electives

This elective course work must be completed to fulfill this 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 B; must include 1 course with a lab component 16
Technical electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least 8 hours must be Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Electives - Group B, and the remainder approved Other Technical Electives – Group B; must include one course with a lab component 215
Total Hours21
1

Biological and Natural Sciences Electives – Group B

2

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

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows for each concentration is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken. Refer to the appropriate sequence below for each concentration.

First Year
First SemesterHours
ABE 100Intro Agric Biological Engrg1
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
Liberal education elective3,43
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
RHET 105 or SE 1011Writing and Research3-4
MATH 2212Calculus I4
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
SE 101 or RHET 1051Engineering Graphics Design4-3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
ABE 141ABE Principles: Biological2
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
MATH 231Calculus II3
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Year
First Semester
ABE 223ABE Principles: Machine Syst2
TAM 211 or 2105Statics2-3
ABE 224ABE Principles: Soil Water2
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 241Calculus III4
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
CHEM 2328Elementary Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
ABE 341Transport Processes in ABE3
ECE 205Elec Electronic Circuits3
MCB 150Molec Cellular Basis of Life4
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7b3
Liberal education elective3,43
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
ECON 1033Macroeconomic Principles3
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7b3
Biological and natural sciences elective6b3
Liberal education elective3,43
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
ABE 430Project Management2
Agricultural and biological engineering technical elective7b3
Other technical elective7b3
Liberal education elective3,43
Free elective43
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
ABE 4694Industry-Linked Design Project4
Biological and natural sciences elective6b3
Other technical elective7b3
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 SE 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.

6b

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

7b

Students in the Biological 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 B, and the remainder selected from the approved list of Other Technical Electives – Group B

8

May be taken for 4 credit hours; the extra hour may be used to help meet free elective requirements.