Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

BIOSYSTEMS AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department offers programs leading to the M.S. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (Plan A and Plan B available) and the Ph.D. degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the M.S. graduate program of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department requires the concurrence of the Department Graduate Committee, and the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Department Chair and the availability of an advisor for the student. The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Committee reviews the applicant's three letters of recommendation, resume, statement of professional objective and transcripts with special emphasis given to the science and mathematics area. The department requires a minimum grade point average of 2.8 and a GRE score of at least 1500. An engineering B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program (or international equivalent) is generally required, however, non-engineering students may be admitted by agreeing to take additional undergraduate courses specified by the graduate committee. An advisor for a student is required prior to admittance into the program. Exceptions to these requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis and require approval of the Department Chair.

Admission into the Ph.D. graduate program of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department requires the concurrence of the Department Graduate Committee, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Department Chair, and the availability of an advisor for the student. The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Committee reviews the applicant's previous graduate record, three letters of recommendation, resume, statement of professional objective, and transcripts with special emphasis given to the science and mathematics area. The department requires a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on all previous graduate work and a GRE score of at least 1500. An advisor for a student is required prior to admittance into the program. Exceptions to these requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis and require approval of the Department Chair. Ph.D. students are admitted into Candidacy after they have successfully completed the Qualifying Exam.

Degree Requirements

The biosystems and agricultural engineering graduate program has as its objectives the development of:

1. The ability to plan and conduct research and design involving the application of engineering science to biological and agricultural systems.

2. The understanding of the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences to permit the reading and understanding of the present and future literature in these and related fields.

3. The skills required to use precision instruments, techniques and computers in research and design.

4. The ability to make sound engineering and management decisions.

5. The ability to teach college level courses in biosystems and agricultural engineering, particularly at the doctoral level.

In the attainment of the above objectives the graduate student will combine courses in biosystems engineering, the physical sciences, other engineering fields, and the biological sciences in developing a program of study. The advanced degrees, however, are primarily research degrees awarded for significant creative research accomplishment, not for the completion of a specified number of courses. Therefore, the program concentrates on a strong thesis or dissertation problem completed under the supervision of the graduate faculty of the department. Strong course support is essential if the thesis or dissertation problem is to be properly undertaken and completed.

The design-oriented, non-thesis option is also available for the master's degree.

GRADUATE COURSES

BAE 435G WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR BIOSYSTEMS (3)

BAE 438G FUNDAMENTALS OF GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY (SAME AS CE 460) (3)

BAE 502 MODELING OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM.S. (3)

BAE 513 SOIL DYNAMICS IN TILLAGE AND TRACTION (3)

BAE 515 FLUID POWER SYSTEM.S. (3)

BAE 536 FLUVIAL HYDRAULICS (SAME AS CE 546) (3)

BAE 537 IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING (3)

BAE 545 ENGINEERING HYDRAULICS (SAME AS CE 549) (3)

BAE 549 FOOD AND BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING (3)

BAE 556 SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT (SAME AS CE 556) (3)

BAE 569 WATER RESOURCES SYSTEM DESIGN (SAME AS CE 569) (4)

BAE 580 HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING (SAME AS ME 580) (3)

BAE 581 PHYSICS OF PLANT AND ANIMAL ENVIRONMENTS (3)

BAE 599 TOPICS IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING (2-3)

BAE 618 ADVANCED PLANT, SOIL, AND MACHINERY RELATIONSHIPS (3)

BAE 625 TOPICS IN ADVANCED ENVIRONMENT CONTROL AND ANALYSIS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

BAE 638 GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY (SAME AS CE 660) (3)

BAE 642 OPEN CHANNEL FLOW (SAME AS CE 642) (3)

BAE 648 ENERGY AND MASS TRANSFER IN AGRICULTURAL PROCESSING (3)

BAE 653 WATER QUALITY IN SURFACE WATERS (SAME AS CE 653) (3)

BAE 658 INSTRUMENTATION FOR ENGINEERING RESEARCH (3)

BAE 660 SIMILITUDE IN ENGINEERING (3)

BAE 665 WATER RESOURCES SYSTEMS (SAME AS CE 665) (3)

BAE 667 STORMWATER MODELING (SAME AS CE 667) (3)

BAE 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

BAE 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

BAE 750 SPECIAL PROBLEM.S. IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING (1-3)

BAE 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

BAE 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

BAE 775 SEMINAR (0)

BAE 795 THESIS (0)

AEN 463G AGRICULTURAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (3)

AEN 647 SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION I (SAME AS ME 647) (3)

AEN 680 BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING (SAME AS CME 680) (3)

EGR 537 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS (SAME AS CS/MA 537) (3)

EGR 599 TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

EGR 611 BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS IN ENGINEERING (SAME AS ME 611) (3)

EGR 621 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS IN ENGINEERING (3)

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