Agricultural and Biological Engineering, B.S.

Biological Engineering Concentration

Students pursuing the B.S. Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering choose from one of two concentrations, one of which is the 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

Prescribed Courses for Core Curriculum (including Campus General Education)

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation.

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
Total Orientation Hours: 1
These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.
RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing ABE 469 in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Core)
Total Composition Hours: 4
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.
ECON 103Macroeconomic Principles 23
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 36
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list. 36
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts. 36
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 44
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
Total Foundational Mathematics and Science Hours: 34
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Core
These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of agricultural and biological engineering and the background for the technical courses and electives in each student's concentration.
For Both Concentrations:
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 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
TAM 210Introduction to Statics 52
or TAM 211 Statics
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Total Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technical Core Hours: 30
Free Electives6
These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, 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. 6
Total Hours96

Biological Engineering Concentration Requirements

ABE 341Transport Processes in ABE3
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I 13
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
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. 26
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. 315
Total Hours35