Biological Systems Engineering Courses

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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
BSEN 112
Computer-Aided Problem-SolvingCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 130
Computer-Aided DesignCrosslisted as CIVE 130
Use of computer-aided design software to communicate engineering ideas. Specifications, dimensioning, tolerancing, 2- and 3-D model development, topographic mapping, and process layout with environmental, bioprocess, and biomedical emphases.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 206
Engineering EconomicsCrosslisted as CONE 206
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Introduction to methods of economic comparisons of engineering alternatives: time value of money, depreciation, taxes, concepts of accounting, activity-based costing, ethical principles, civics and stewardship, and their importance to society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 8
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
BSEN 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
Prereqs:
Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics and their application to biological and environmental systems. Zeroth, first, second, and third laws; open and closed systems; enthalpy and specific heat; and Gibb's free energy and chemical potential for biological and environmental systems. Applications to biochemical potentials, water potential, absorption, osmosis, radiation, membranes, surface tension, and fugacity. Thermodynamic cycles as they apply to living systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 344
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 303
Principles of Process EngineeringCrosslisted as AGEN 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:
MATH 221; and BSEN212A or equivalent
Mathematical modeling of biophysical systems. Continuous and discrete signals. Signal representation, system classification, impulse response, convolution, Fourier analysis, transfer functions, difference-equation approximations of differential equations. Basic filtering concepts.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 414
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PHYS 211; MATH 221 or parallel and one semester of biology.
Introduction to research areas and applications in biomedical engineering. Bioelectricity, biosensors, biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, tissue engineering, biotechnology, medical imaging.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 325
Power Systems DesignCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 326
Prereqs:
CHEM 110 or 111 or 113, and MATH 221.
Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 455, CIVE 419, CIVE 421, CIVE 424, CIVE 430
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 326H
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation: CHEM 110 or 111 or 113, MATH 221.
Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 327
Environmental Engineering LaboratoryCrosslisted as CIVE 327
Prereqs:
CHEM 110 or 111 or 113, and MATH 221.
Parallel: CIVE/BSEN 326.
Environmental engineering experiments, demonstrations, field trips, and projects. Experiments include the measurement and determination of environmental quality parameters such as solids, dissolved oxygen, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, and alkalinity.
This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 419
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 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
BSEN 350
Soil and Water Resources EngineeringCrosslisted as AGEN 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:
Recommended: AGEN/BSEN 350 or CIVE 352 or CIVE 353 or MSYM/WATS 354; and BIOS 101 or LIFE 121 or NRES 220.
Introduction to principles of ecological engineering including ecosystems ecology, river restoration, constructed wetlands, green infrastructure stormwater management, and environmental restoration. Ecological design of water and land protection practices. Includes introduction to water pollution and contaminant fate and remediation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Underlying physics, instrumentation, and signal analysis of biomedical and biological imaging modalities. MRI, X-ray, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and the human visual system. Energy-tissue interactions. Resolution, point spread function, contrast, diffraction, comparisons. Information content in images for biological systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BSEN/AGEN 225; BIOC 321 or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831.
BSEN 416/816 requires the evaluation of current primary literature in the field.
Introduction to all types of bio-materials, metals, ceramics, polymers, and natural materials. Characterization of biomaterials, mechanical and physical properties, cell-biomaterials interactions, degradation, and host reaction to biomaterials. FDA testing and applications of biomaterials, implants, tissue engineering scaffolds, artificial organs, drug delivery, and adhesives.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 418
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 418/818
Prereqs:
BSEN 416/816 or equivalent.
BSEN 418/818 uses case studies to demonstrate clinical implementation of engineered tissues.
Introduction to engineering biological substitutes that can restore, maintain or improve organ function in therapy of diseases. Engineering methods and principles to design tissues and organs, cell and tissue biology, tissue growth and development, biomaterial scaffolds, growth factor and drug delivery, scaffold-cell interactions, and bioreactors.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 422/822
Prereqs:
Permission.
Introduction to pollution prevention (P2) and waste minimization methods. Practical applications to small businesses and industries. Legislative and historical development of P2 systems analysis, waste estimation, P2 methods, P2 economics, and sources of P2 information.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CIVE/BSEN 326 and CIVE/MECH 310.
Design of unit operations and processes associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.
This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 426, CIVE 427
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 441/841
Animal Waste ManagementCrosslisted as AGEN 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:
Senior/graduate standing in engineering; BIOC 321 or 431; or permission.
Engineering processes for biomass conversion and bioenergy production. Topics include biomass chemistry, conversion reactions, current and emerging bioenergy technologies, feedstock logistics, life cycle assessment. Analysis of primary research literature required for graduate credit.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 446/846
Unit Operations of Biological ProcessingCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 453/853
Irrigation and Drainage Systems EngineeringCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 455/855
Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 458/858
Groundwater EngineeringCrosslisted as CIVE 458/858
Prereqs:
CIVE 352 or AGEN 350 or BSEN 350 or equivalent.
Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 460/860
Instrumentation and ControlsCrosslisted as AGEN 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 or by invitation.
Planning of a creative engineering project that satisfies the requirements of the University Honors Program and has potential to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
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.
The project culminated in a formal presentation of the project to UNL faculty and submission of a bound report to the UNL Honors Program.
Synthesis of a comprehensive design solution to an engineering problem. A full-term project involving creative components that satisfies the thesis requirements of the University Honors Program and contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 492/892
Prereqs:
Permission
Subject matter in emerging areas of Biological Systems 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
BSEN 496
Independent StudyCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 499H
Honors ThesisCrosslisted as AGEN 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
Prereqs:
Familiarity with linear systems theory (e.g. BSEN 311 or ELEC 304) and MATLAB programming preferred; however, these topics are reviewed for clinicians and bioscience students wishing to take the class.
Introduction to the physics, techniques, and biomedical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in basic sciences and the clinic. Fundamentals of nuclear magnetic resonance physics, Fourier transforms, MRI hardware, and MRI principles including signal generation, detection and spatial localization techniques. Applications of MRI including tissue relaxometry and diffusion weighted imaging applications to diseases, traumatic brain injury, and cancer.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 889
Seminar ICrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 896
Special ProblemsCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 898
InternshipCrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 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:
BSEN 311 or ELEC 304 Engineering design and analysis of medical ultrasound applications
Beamforming, diffraction, wave space, scattering, imaging. Interactions of mechanical energy and tissue. Linear and phased arrays. Doppler estimation of blood flow velocity. Tumor and cyst characterization. Other modern research topics in medical ultrasound.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BSEN 846 or equivalent
Current and relevant mechanical, rheological, thermal, electrical, and optical properties as related to the engineering of processing, storage, handling, and utilization systems for biological materials are selected for analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 941
Agricultural Waste ManagementCrosslisted as AGEN 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:
An engineer analysis of livestock, their environment and the interaction between the two; mathematical models, heat transfer, energy balances, environmental measurements, physiological measurements, calorimetry.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Advanced mathematical modeling techniques and applications. Specific topics from current literature and vary depending on research interests.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 954
Prereqs:
MATH 821; MECH 310 or NRES 808 or BIOS 857; or equivalent or permission
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BSEN 989
Seminar IICrosslisted as AGEN 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
BSEN 998
Advanced TopicsCrosslisted as AGEN 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