Agricultural Engineering Courses

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ACE Outcomes
Description of careers in biomedical, environmental, water resources, food and bioproducts, and agricultural engineering. The human, economic and environmental impacts of engineering in society. Communication, design, teamwork, and the role of ethics and professionalism in engineering work.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 112
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 112
Computer-Aided Problem-SolvingCrosslisted as BSEN 112
Prereqs:
BSEN 100/AGEN 100 and high school physics, or permission.
Problem solving techniques and procedures through the use of Excel, MATLAB, and graphical methods. Emphasis on problem/solution communications with topics and problems from agricultural engineering and biological systems engineering.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 212A, BSEN 212B, BSEN 212E
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AGEN or BSEN 112/112H; or permission.
Introduction to tools needed to develop computation-intense solutions for a wide variety of problems relevant to agricultural and biological systems engineering. Advanced problem solving techniques are illustrated using examples of scripts.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AGEN or BSEN 112/112H; ELEC 211 or ELEC 213 or PHYS 212, or parallel; or permission.
This is a 5-week mini-course in which the lab time entails a combination of a 2nd lecture and followup laboratory applications.
Introduction to microcontroller based embedded systems for agricultural and biological applications. Fundamental principles of microcontrollers and embedded systems through binary and hexadecimal number systems, digital logic, programming in integrated development environment, and microcontroller perifpherals. Common agricultural and biological microcontroller input and output devices.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AGEN or BSEN 112/112H; or permission.
Introduction to tools needed to develop computation-intense solutions for a wide variety of problems relevant to agricultural and biological systems engineering. Advanced problem solving techniques are illustrated using examples of scripts, simulation methods, graphical programming, and their combination.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 225
Prereqs:
Physical properties important to the design of harvesting, storage, and processing systems for agricultural crops; principles and techniques for measurement of properties including frictional effects, particle size, strength, moisture content, specific heat, and thermal conductivity.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 323, BSEN 446
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 303
Principles of Process EngineeringCrosslisted as BSEN 303
Prereqs:
MATH 221 or permission.
Introduction to performance parameters and characteristics of pumps, fans, presses, and solids handling, size reduction, separation and agitation equipment. Application of the various technologies studied with analysis of example systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AGEN or BSEN 225.
Parallel: MECH 373.
Analysis and evaluation of machines and associated components for biological and agricultural systems; analysis of unit operations and physical properties of biological materials associated with the production and processing of agricultural crops and products.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 325
Power Systems DesignCrosslisted as BSEN 325
Prereqs:
PHYS 212 or ELEC 211, and MECH/CIVE 310 or CHME 332 or parallel or permission.
Fundamentals of power systems for machines. Introduction to fluid power (hydraulics, pneumatics), pumps, motors, cylinders, control devises, and system design. Selection of electric motors as power sources, operating characteristics and circuits. Selection of internal combustion engines as power sources.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 344
Prereqs:
BSEN 244 or MECH 200; MATH 221; MECH/CIVE 310 or CHME 332 or parallel; or permission.
Introduction to concurrent transport of energy and mass in biological and environmental processes. Modes of heat transfer, steady and non-steady state heat conduction, convective heat transfer, radiative heat transfer, and heat transfer with phase change. Equilibrium, kinetics, and modes of mass transfer, diffusion, dispersion, and convective mass transfer. Soil freezing and thawing, energy and mass balances of crops, diffusivities of membranes, photosynthesis, human and animal energy balances, and respiration.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 453, BSEN 470
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 350
Soil and Water Resources EngineeringCrosslisted as BSEN 350
Prereqs:
MATH 221 and parallel: MECH/CIVE 310 or CHME 332.
Introduction to soil and water resources and the engineering processes used to analyze watersheds. Soil water relations, evapotranspiration, precipitation, runoff, erosion, flow in natural waterways and through reservoirs, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality. Geographic information system utilized to develop maps and analyze watershed characteristics. A selected watershed is investigated.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 455, CIVE 458
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing and MECH 325.
Design of machine elements. Definition, analysis, and solution of a design problem in agricultural engineering.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 431
Site-specific Crop ManagementCrosslisted as AGRO 431, MSYM 431
Prereqs:
Senior standing; AGRO/SOIL 153;AGRO 204; or permission.
Principles and concepts of site-specific management. Evaluation of geographic information systems for crop production practices. Practical experience with hardware and software necessary for successful application of information affecting crop management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 441/841
Animal Waste ManagementCrosslisted as BSEN 441/841
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Characterization of wastes from animal production. Specification and design of collection, transport, storage, treatment, and land application systems. Air and water pollution, regulatory and management aspects.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Engineering design for strength, economy, function and safety of light-frame structures; emphasis on wood, concrete, and steel elements; design project required.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 446/846
Unit Operations of Biological ProcessingCrosslisted as BSEN 446/846
Prereqs:
AGEN 225 or BSEN 225 and CHEM 332 or equivalent.
Application of heat, mass, and moment transport in analysis and design of unit operations for biological and agricultural materials. Evaporation, drying, distillation, extraction, leaching, thermal processing, membrane separation, centrifugation, and filtration.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 453/853
Irrigation and Drainage Systems EngineeringCrosslisted as BSEN 453/853
Prereqs:
CIVE 310 or MECH 310; AGEN 344 or BSEN 344; or permission.
Analytical and design consideration of evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water movement as related to irrigation and drainage systems; analysis and design of components of irrigation and drainage systems including water supplies, pumping plants, sprinkler systems, and center pivots.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 460/860
Instrumentation and ControlsCrosslisted as BSEN 460/860
Prereqs:
ELEC 211 or ELEC 215; or permission.
Analysis and design of instrumentation and controls for agricultural and biological production, management and processing. Theory of basic sensors and transducers, analog and digital electrical control circuits, and the interfacing of computers with instruments and controls. Emphasis on signal analysis and interpretation for improving system performance.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 470
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BSEN or MECH 130 and AGEN or BSEN 344; Prereq or Parallel: AGEN or BSEN 460 and at least two courses from primary emphasis area; or permission.
Definition, scope, analysis, and synthesis of a comprehensive design problem within the areas of emphasis in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Identification of a client's engineering problem to solve, and development of objectives and anticipated results.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing and good standing in the University Honors Program.
For course description, see BSEN 470H.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 480H, BSEN 480H
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BSEN/AGEN 470.
A full semester design activity.
Definition, scope, analysis, and synthesis of a comprehensive engineering problem in an engineering area of emphasis within the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Design activity using the team approach to develop a solution.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; BSEN/AGEN 470H.
For course description, see BSEN 480H.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Subject matter in emerging areas of Agricultural Engineering not covered in other courses within the curriculum. Topics, activities, and delivery methods vary.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lab, Lecture, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
AGEN 496
Independent StudyCrosslisted as BSEN 496
Prereqs:
Permission.
Investigation and report on engineering problems not covered in sufficient depth through existing courses. Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 499H
Honors ThesisCrosslisted as BSEN 499H
Prereqs:
Senior or junior standing, admission to the University Honors Program.
Independent project which meets the requirements of the University Honors Program, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. The project should contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Written thesis and formal presentation required.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 889
Seminar ICrosslisted as BSEN 889
All entering biological systems engineering students and all agricultural engineering students are required to register for *889.
Introduction into departmental and campus resources, professionalism, preparation and delivery of presentations, technical writing, and additional topics as arranged by enrolled students.
Credit Hours: 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 896
Special ProblemsCrosslisted as BSEN 896
Prereqs:
Permission
Investigation and written report on engineering problems not covered in sufficient depth through existing courses. Topic varies by semester.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 898
InternshipCrosslisted as BSEN 898
Prereqs:
Permission
Students required to write an internship report of their creative accomplishments after completion of the internship. Students may spend up to nine months at the cooperating partner’s workplace.
Solution of engineering or management problems through a non-academic experience within the private sector or a government agency. The experience entails all or some of the following: research, design, analysis, and testing on an engineering problem. A plan, which documents how the individual will demonstrate creativity during the internship must be approved prior to the internship.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Agricultural engineering or permission
The use of theories of failure, fatigue, stress concentrations, shock and impact analysis in the design of machine members. Laboratory work includes an in-depth study of the testing and analysis of machine components.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 941
Agricultural Waste ManagementCrosslisted as BSEN 941
Prereqs:
Permission
Aerobic, anaerobic, and physical-chemical treatment, energy recovery and protein synthesis processes for high-strength organic materials; agricultural applications including composting, ammonia stripping, nitrification, denitrification, and land disposal of organic and chemically treated materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AGEN 853, MATH 821 or permission
Advanced analytical considerations of environmental aspects of soil-plant systems; movement of water in soils; water movement through plants; and irrigation and drainage systems for controlling water in the soil-plant environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Mathematical modeling of the runoff process for small rural and urban watersheds. Appraisal of techniques for estimating runoff volume and peak discharges for ungaged watersheds; hydrograph synthesis; composite hydrographs; and frequency relationships of rainfall and runoff.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 955
Solute Movement in SoilsCrosslisted as GEOL 985, AGRO 955, CIVE 955
Knowledge of a programming language. MATH 821 recommended. Offered even-numbered calendar years.
Examination of the theory and experimental evidence available to characterize the movement of chemicals in soil. Both saturated and unsaturated flow conditions examined. Initial presentation of basic theoretical concepts. Remainder of class a discussion of the literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 989
Seminar IICrosslisted as BSEN 989
All PhD students in biological systems engineering or agricultural engineering must register for 989.
Developing a graduate program, orientation to research, grant and research proposal preparation, experimental design and analysis, manuscript preparation and review, preparations and delivery of technical presentations, and research management.
Credit Hours: 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AGEN 998
Advanced TopicsCrosslisted as BSEN 998
Prereqs:
Permission
Individual study in advanced engineering topics that are not covered in regular course work or thesis. Topic varies by term.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom