The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is administered jointly by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Biosystems engineering courses integrate engineering sciences, physical sciences, and biological sciences and teach students to address real-world challenges. With the guidance of experienced faculty, students work both as individuals and in teams to design creative solutions to complex problems. The program culminates in a senior year design course in which students integrate the analysis, synthesis and other abilities they have developed throughout the earlier portions of their study into a capstone experience.


BAE 4213 – Precision Agriculture. Lab 2.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1513, senior standing.

Introduction to the concepts of precision agriculture including analysis of spatial variability, relationships of fertility and crop response, geographical information systems, variable rate technology, optical sensing, global positioning systems, and yield monitoring. Case studies included for detailed analyses. (Same course as SOIL 4213)

BAE 4224* Machinery for Production and Processing.

Prerequisite(s): 3213.

Analysis and design of machine components and machine systems for production and processing of biological materials. Soil dynamics with emphasis on traction and soil compaction. Interactions of machines with biological systems.

BAE 4283* Bioprocess Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): 3113 or consent of instructor, ENSC 3233.

Application of fundamental engineering principles to biochemical and biological processes. Introduction to cellular processes, fermentation technology, biological mass transfer and kinetics, bioreactor design and scale-up and downstream processing. (Same course as CHE 4283)

BAE 4314* Hydrology.

Prerequisite(s): 3013, 3313, ENSC 3233.

Basic principles of surface and groundwater hydrology and their application in engineering problems. The hydrologic cycle, weather and hydrology, precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, subsurface waters, stream flow hydrographs, hydrologic and hydraulic stream routing, probability of hydrologic events and application of hydrologic models.

BAE 4413* Food Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): 3013 and ENSC 3233, 2213.

Analysis and design of various unit operations in food processing including thermal processing, drying, evaporation, freezing, processing non-Newtonian fluids and quality changes during processing.

BAE 5000* Thesis and Research. 1-6 credits, max 6.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of major professor.
 

BAE 5030* Engineering Practice. 1-6 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

The identification, analysis and synthesis of an authentic problem in agricultural and biological engineering. Solution of the problem will involve making engineering decisions tempered by real-time restraints, economic realities, and limited data with due consideration for environmental and social implications.

BAE 5213* Renewable Energy Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): ENSC 2213, ENSC 3233 or consent of instructor.

Renewable technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass to generate energy for electricity, heating, transportation, and other uses.

BAE 5243* Biological Conversion for Advanced Biofuels.

Prerequisite(s): ENSC 2213.

Fundamental principles and applications of converting biomass to advanced biofuels. Focus will be on biological processes, fermentor design and operation, product recovery and emerging fuels.

BAE 5283* Advanced Bioprocess Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Application of fundamental engineering principles to biochemical and biological processes. Introduction to cellular processes, fermentation technology, biological mass transfer and kinetics, bioreactor design and scale-up and downstream processing. (Same course as CHE 5283)

BAE 5313* Watershed Modeling and Water Quality. Lab 6.

Prerequisite(s): 4314 or equivalent.

A computer modeling course with an emphasis on chemical and physical processes governing nonpoint source pollution (nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment) at the basin scale. The laboratory use of state-of-the-art models applied to a variety of agricultural systems. “Hands on” use of comprehensive hydrologic water quality models that utilize spatial data in a geographic information system. Models and parameter uncertainty, digital data sources, parameter estimation and model testing, calibration and validation. For students with advanced personal computer skills.

BAE 5324* Modeling and Design in Storm Water and Sediment Control. Lab 3.

Prerequisite(s): 4314 or equivalent.

Analysis and design of storm water, sediment and water quality systems with a focus on application to urban areas and developments in the urban-rural fringe. Advanced concepts in hydrologic modeling with kinematics, diffusion and dynamic modeling of flow; soil erosion, sediment transport and sediment control; storm water quality modeling and the impact of best management practices. In laboratories, use of hydrologic, sediment, and water quality models in analysis and design for real-world problems.

BAE 5333* Applied Water Resources Statistics. Lab 3.

Prerequisite(s): STAT 5013 or equivalent.

Applied statistical methods for hydrologists, engineers, and environmental scientists for analysis of environmental data. Parametric and nonparametric methods and exploratory data analysis applied to observed environmental data sets. Laboratory exercises emphasize hands-on application of statistical problems to reinforce concepts.

BAE 5343* Environmental Contaminant Transport.

Prerequisite(s): 4313.

Conceptual and mathematical models for the transport of contaminants in natural systems with an emphasis on agricultural pollutants. Basic transport processes relevant to the three environmental media – air, water, and soil. Common features underlying pollutant transport.

BAE 5413* Instrumentation in Biological Process Control System.

Prerequisite(s): 3023 or equivalent.

Analysis of transducers for on-line measurement and control of biological processes. Emphasis on selection of measurement techniques and transducers to sense physical properties of biological materials. Application to agricultural and food processing industries.

BAE 5423* Food Rheology. Lab 2.

Prerequisite(s): ENSC 3233.

Characterization and analysis of the rheological properties of food products. Focus on measurement techniques and equipment, including tube and rotational type instruments, with specific applications in food processing.

BAE 5433* Biosensors.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2114 and CHEM 3053 or equivalent.

Principles and applications of biosensors in food analysis, disease diagnostics, and environmental monitoring. Emphasis on conceptual design and characterization of biosensors. Introduction to recent advances in biodetection using nanotechnology.

BAE 5501* Seminar.

Discussion of current literature with special emphasis on research and experimental techniques.

BAE 6000* Research and Thesis. 1-10 credits, max 30.

Prerequisite(s): approval by the student’s advisory committee.

Independent research and doctoral thesis preparation under the cognizance of a graduate faculty member in the student’s field of specialization.

BAE 6100* Teaching Practicum in Biosystems Engineering. 1-3 credits, max 3, Lab 2-6.

Prerequisite(s): One semester of doctoral study in Biosystems Engineering, or consent of instructor.

Philosophies and techniques of resident and non-resident teaching, including experiences in preparation, presentation, and evaluation of lectures, laboratories, extension or continuing education programs.

BAE 6333* Fluvial Hydraulics.

Prerequisite(s): 3013 or equivalent.

Principles of sediment detachment and transport in fluvial systems. Design of stable channels and flow resistance relationships for sediment-laden flows.

BAE 6343* Ground Water Contaminant Transport.

Prerequisite(s): SOIL 5583 or CIVE 5913 or GEOL 5453.

Principles of solute and multiphase transport in soils and ground water. Effects of advection, diffusion, dispersion, degradation, volatilization and adsorption. Relationships between laboratory and field scale transport. Contamination by nonaqueous phase liquids.