Biological Engineering

Listing of Course Designations & Rubrics

Biological Engineering - BE

1250 Introduction to Engineering Methods (2) F 6 hrs. lab. Fundamentals of engineering design; presentation of an engineering design; graphical expression of engineering design using computer-aided drafting.

1252 Biology in Engineering (2) S Prereq.: credit or registration in BIOL 1201. 1 hr. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Effect of variability and constraints of biological systems on engineering problem solving and design; engineering units; engineering report writing; oral report presentation; laboratory demonstration of biological engineering analysis.

2307 Elements of Landscape Construction (3) F,S Prereq.: MATH 1015 or 1022. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Theory and use of tape, level, transit, plane table, and compass; principles of area and volume calculations, land slope, drainage grades, legal land descriptions, and topographic mapping.

2350 Experimental Methods for Engineers (3) S Prereq.: MATH 1552. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Introduction to statistical analysis, experimental methods, technical report writing, and instrumentation for engineering applications; measurement of temperature, pressure, flow, strain, and vibration in biological and agricultural products; microprocessor data loggers and computer data acquisition systems.

2352 Quantitative Biology in Engineering (3) F Prereq.: BE 1252. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Characterization of biological phenomena in engineering design; relationships among parameters using linear and nonlinear statistical expressions; case studies of engineering design solutions.

3249, 3250 Engineering Practice (1-3,1-3) Su only Prereq.: consent of instructor. Pass-fail grading. A minimum of six weeks of full-time employment in an industry participating in the summer program. Same as ENGR 3049, 3050. Selected engineering problems in an industrial environment.

3320 Mechanical Design for Biological Engineering (3) Prereq.: CE 3400; CE 2460 or ME 3133. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Term project in mechanical design. Philosophy of mechanical design for biological engineering; materials for construction; frame design; power transmission.

3340 Process Design in Biological Engineering (3) S Prereq.: EE 2950, CE 2200, and credit or registration in ME 3333. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Design applications in biological engineering using the engineering sciences of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; electrical machines and controls.

3361 Soil and Water Technology (3) Prereq.: AGRO 2051. For majors in agriculture, general studies, and natural sciences. Cannot be used to fulfill College of Engineering requirements. Soil and water technology, including the hydrological cycle, hydraulics, soil and water conservation, irrigation, drainage, and surface and ground water pollution prevention.

3381 Nonpoint Source Pollution Engineering (3) S Prereq.: BE 2352 and CE 3110. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Water quality criteria and regulations for the agricultural community; production, treatment, and disposal of agricultural and food processing wastes; management of agricultural nutrients; nonpoint source pollution; bi-product utilization; land application; wetland restoration; stream sampling and analysis; re-aeration studies and modeling.

3400 Environmental Engineering II (3) F,S Prereq.: CHEM 2060 (2261), EVEG 2000. See EVEG 3400.

3989 Special Projects in Biological Engineering (1-4) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit. Library research, experimental and/or theoretical investigation, and written report in form of engineering report.

4290 Senior Engineering Design and Professionalism (2) F Prereq.: senior standing in College of Engineering. Capstone project selection and approval; project to be completed in BE 4292; completion of project feasibility study and outline of design project; ordering necessary parts; design philosophy, teamwork, and communication; professional societies and ethics; economics. product liability and reliability; use of standards and codes; goal setting and time management.

4292 Senior Engineering Design Laboratory (2) S 6 hrs. lab. Engineering principles used to complete the project set forth in the design outline submitted in BE 4290; design project completion.

4303 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials (3) V Prereq.: CE 3400. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Engineering properties, including rheology, friction, mechanical damage, texture, and thermal, optical, and electrical properties.

4323 Biomechanics for Engineers (3) V Prereq.: CE 2450. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Also offered as IE 4465. Mechanical behavior of the human musculoskeletal system and component tissue when physical work is performed; engineering mechanics applied to the activities; fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and physiology; workplace design.

4340 Food and Bioprocess Engineering (3) V Prereq.: BE 2352; credit or registration in BE 3340. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Design and analysis of systems for processing biological materials, with emphasis on food; topics include biotechnology, fluid flow, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena in food and bioprocessing; unit operations, including freezing, extraction, drying, and aseptic processing.

4341 Biological Reactor Systems Design (3) S Prereq.: BIOL 2051 and BE 4352. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Microbial and biochemical principles used in design of biological reactors for biotransformation; metabolic output and cellular production; design of batch and continuous flow reactors utilizing microbial kinetic models; attached and suspended growth systems and eucaryotic and procaryotic cells.

4345 Models, Simulation, and Visualization in Biological Engineering (3) Prereq.: senior standing in engineering. Techniques used to model and simulate biological systems; emphasis on evaluating and interpreting current biological models; current visualization techniques used to interpret data and model output.

4352 Transport Phenomena in Biological Engineering (3) F Prereq.: BE 2352; credit or registration in CE 2200 and ME 3333. Introduction to biological kinetics; time-temperature substrata-dependent growth and death of biological organisms; heat and mass transfer in engineering design and analysis; principles of material and energy balances in reactor design.

4360 Mobile Fluid Power Control (3) F Prereq.: ME 2833 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Theory and design of hydraulic systems and basic components; power steering, hydrostatic transmissions, electrohydraulic servovalves, manual and automatic control applications.

4361 Irrigation Fundamentals and Management (3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. For majors in agriculture, design, and natural sciences. Cannot be used to fulfill College of Engineering requirements. Turf, landscaping, and other horticultural applications of irrigation; aspects of irrigation from water source to evapotranspiration to the atmosphere; sprinkler irrigation; friction loss in pipe and fittings, relevant soil properties, and timing and amount of irrigation.

4380 Aquacultural Engineering (3) F Prereq.: senior standing. Engineering principles applied to aquacultural systems; water chemistry; fluid mechanics; aquacultural pumping plants; fish pond design; recirculating aquacultural systems; water filtration; disinfection; aeration and degassing.

4383 Natural Resource Engineering (3) F Prereq.: CE 2200. Engineering analysis and design of natural resource control systems, including open channels, vegetated waterways, terraces, water control structures, spillways, reservoirs, flood control, surface water quality, and wetlands.

4989 Independent Study in Biological Engineering (1-4) F,S,Su Prereq.: senior standing. Written engineering report required. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Biological engineering practice; library research, experimental and/or theoretical investigation.

7301 Similitude in Biological Engineering Research (3) V Prereq.: Graduate standing. Determination of pertinent quantities in a research project, Buckingham B theorem, theory and systematic calculation of dimensionless numbers, similarity and distortion in model studies, research project design, and prediction equations.

7304 Advanced Natural Resource Engineering (3) V Prereq.: BE 4383. Advanced topics in statistical hydrology, flow theory, evapotranspiration, transport of pollutants, drainage, irrigation, erosion, sediment transport, and sedimentation applied to rural fields and watersheds.

7306 Agricultural Systems Engineering (3) V Prereq.: BE 4292 or equivalent. Applications of systems approaches to engineering problems in agriculture; queuing theory; modeling and simulation; linear programming; decision support systems and expert systems.

7340 Advanced Food Engineering and Biotechnology (3) V Prereq.: BE 4340. Design and modeling of food and bioprocessing systems; application of advanced thermodynamic principles and transport phenomena with emphasis on numerical techniques in the design, analysis, and modeling of food systems; focus on current research topics in food engineering and food biotechnology.

7352 Advanced Transport Phenomena in Biological Engineering (3) V Prereq.: BE 4352. Transient heat and mass transfer in biological materials and systems; mathematics describing active and passive cellular transport; emphasis on numerical solution techniques for heat and mass flow in nonideal, heterogenous systems, including kinetic and thermodynamic considerations.

7361 Biological Reactor Systems for Agricultural Waste Treatment (3) V Prereq.: BE 4341. Design of biological reactor systems for treatment of agricultural wastes; utilizing and developing kinetic models for suspended and attached-growth cultures; characterization of agricultural wastes and wastewaters; consideration of nutrient recovery, pathogen survival, odor reduction, and by-product recovery goals.

7381 Advanced Aquacultural Engineering (3) V Prereq.: BE 4380. Advanced topics in aquacultural aeration, oxygenation, disinfection of aquacultural systems, and aquacultural wastewater characterization; integration with traditional agricultural production.

7500 Seminar (1) Prereq.: graduate standing in engineering. Only 1 sem. hr. of credit will be allowed toward the degree. Pass-fail grading.

7909 Advanced Topics in Biological Engineering (1-4) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. One or more phases of advanced biological engineering practice.

8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.

 

 

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