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College of Engineering

Biosystems Engineering

8

semesters

16

credit hours per semester

132

total credit hours

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Dr. Czarena Crofcheck

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Food and Bioprocess Engineering

College of Engineering

128 C.E. Barnhart Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0276

Program website

(859) 218-4349

  • BS

Biosystems engineers are trained in biological, environmental and engineering sciences and challenged to improve the sustainability of production systems, decrease or eliminate environmental hazards and preserve natural resources. Biosystems engineers devise practical, efficient solutions for producing, storing, transporting, processing and packaging biological and agricultural products. They solve problems related to systems, processes and machines that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms and biological materials. They also develop solutions for responsible, alternative uses of biological products, byproducts and wastes and of our natural resources—soil, water, air and energy.

The University of Kentucky is the only college in Kentucky that offers Biosystems Engineering as an undergraduate major. The Biosystems Engineering program includes more specialty areas than other similar departments across the country too. This flexibility in the curriculum allows for each student to customize their technical electives to their future career goals. Undergraduate certificates are also available in power and energy as well as distillation, wine and brewing studies.

Biosystems Engineering Professor Sue Nokes and student

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Biosystems Engineering (BS) 132 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • EGR 101 - ENGINEERING EXPLORATION I1

    Engineering Exploration I introduces students to the engineering and computer science professions, College of Engineering degree programs, and opportunities for career path exploration. Topics and assignments include study skills, team development, ethics, problem solving and basic engineering tools for modeling, analysis and visualization. Open to students enrolled in the College of Engineering. Students who received credit for EGR 112 are not eligible for EGR 101.

  • EGR 102 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING COMPUTING2

    Fundamentals of Engineering Computing introduces students to the practice and principles of computer programming and computational problem solving. Students will engage in hands-on project-based problem solving using modern computer software and hardware, with a particular emphasis on problems and techniques commonly appearing in various domains of engineering. Open to students enrolled in the College of Engineering.

  • Choose CHE 105 or PHY 2314
  • PHY 241 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in mechanics and heat, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well-written lab report.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • MA 113 - CALCULUS I4

    A course is one-variable calculus, including topics from analytic geometry. Derivatives and integrals of elementary functions (including the trigonometric functions) with applications. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Students may not receive credit for MA 113 and MA 137. Prereq: Math ACT of 27 or above, or Math SAT of 620 or above, or a grade of C or better in MA 109 and in MA 112, or a grade of C or better in MA 110, or appropriate score on math placement test, or consent of the department. Students who enroll in MA 113 based on their test scores should have completed a year of pre-calculus study in high school that includes the study of trigonometric functions. Note: Math placement test recommended.

    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • EGR 103 - ENGINEERING EXPLORATION II2

    Engineering Exploration II focuses on a semester long engineering design project with students working in teams to apply the skills and tools introduced in EGR 101 or EGR 112 for transfer students and EGR 102. Topics and assignments include more in depth exploration of engineering tools for modeling, analysis, visualization, programming, hardware interfacing, team development, documentation and communication. Students gain experience in project management, identifying constraints, iteration and technical report writing.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • MA 114 - CALCULUS II4

    A second course in Calculus. Applications of the integral, techniques of integration, convergence of sequence and series, Taylor series, polar coordinates. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: A grade of C or better in MA 113, MA 137, or MA 132.

  • Choose CHE 105 or PHY 2314
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • BAE 201 - ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF BIOSYSTEMS2

    The financial and managerial aspects of biosystems in evaluating design alternatives. Typical topics included are: concepts of present and future value, techniques of managerial economics, and biosystem design analysis in the evaluation of alternatives. Retirement/replacement policies and risk analysis.

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • MA 213 - CALCULUS III4

    A course in multi-variable calculus. Topics include vectors and geometry of space, three-dimensional vector calculus, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, integration on surfaces, Green’s theorem. Optional topics include Stokes’ theorem and the Gauss’ divergence theorem. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: MA 114 or MA 138 or equivalent.

  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • CE 106 - COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND COMMUNICATION3

    Introduction to the use of scale, dimensioning, and orthographic projections. Graphical solution of spatial problems. Integrated application of computer graphics. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, four hours per week.

    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • BAE 202 - PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR BIOSYSTEMS3

    Introduction to statistics and statistical inference reasoning. Evaluation of common claims based on statistical constructs, hypothesis tests, margins of error, confidence intervals, and analysis of variation. Identification of possible statistical obstacles, such as confounding, missing data, and inappropriate randomness. Conceptual statistics will be emphasized. Special attention will be given to include biosystems engineering problems.

  • MA 214 - CALCULUS IV3

    MA 214 is a course in ordinary differential equations. Emphasis is on first and second order equations and applications. The course includes series solutions of second order equations and Laplace transform methods.

  • ME 220 - ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS I3

    Fundamental principles of thermodynamics.

  • EM 221 - STATICS3

    Study of forces on bodies at rest. Vector algebra; study of force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; application to trusses, frames and beams; friction.

  • PHY 232 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    A general course covering electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and physical optics. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 242 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well written lab report.

    • Total17
    • Total Sophomore Hours35

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CE 341 - INTRODUCTION TO FLUID MECHANICS4

    Fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid flow. Includes fluids at rest, fluids in motion. Continuity, momentum and energy relations, ideal and viscous fluids. Emphasis on incompressible fluids. Description of pumps and open channels.

  • EE 305 - ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS AND ELECTRONICS3

    A service course covering electrical engineering principles for engineering or science students with majors outside of electrical engineering. Topics include: AC and DC circuits analysis.

  • EM 313 - DYNAMICS3

    Study of the motion of bodies. Kinematics: cartesian and polar coordinate systems; normal and tangential components; translating and rotating reference frames. Kinetics of particles and rigid bodies: laws of motion; work and energy; impulse and momentum.

  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3
  • WRD 204 - TECHNICAL WRITING3

    Instruction and experience in writing for science and technology. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and effectiveness in preparing letters, memos, and reports for specific audiences. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • ME 325 - ELEMENTS OF HEAT TRANSFER3

    Fundamental principles of conduction, convection, radiation heat transfer. Numerical methods for heat transfer problems. Design and applications of heat transfer equipment such as fins and heat exchangers.

  • BAE 305 - DC CIRCUITS AND MICROELECTRONICS3

    An introduction to the use of digital electronics and integrated circuits in solving biosystems engineering problems. Digital circuits, microprocessor concepts, computer interfacing, transducers, signal conditioning and control applications are discussed. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

  • EM 302 - MECHANICS OF DEFORMABLE SOLIDS3

    A study of stress and strain in deformable solids with application primarily to linear elastic materials: stress and strain transformations; simple tension and compression of axial members; torsion of shafts; bending of beams; combined loading of members; buckling of columns.

  • Biological Science Elective3
  • Biosystems Core Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • BAE 402 - BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESIGN I2

    A design course for seniors in BAE requiring students to solve open-ended problems. Students will use previously learned engineering principles to produce actual designs which will be built and analyzed in BAE 403.

  • BAE 400 - SENIOR SEMINAR1

    A course for senior students in biosystems engineering with emphasis on oral communications skills. Students will do literature searches on topics related to the biosystems engineering profession and present oral and written reports.

  • Biosyst Core Elec --OR-- Technical Elec0
  • Biosyst Core Elec --OR-- Technical Elec0
  • Biosyst Core Elec --OR-- Technical Elec0
  • Technical Elective3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • BAE 403 - BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESIGN II2

    Student design teams evaluate and enhance design solutions, fabricate prototypes, execute performance tests, analyze results, and develop final design specifications. Oral and written reports are required.

  • ME 340 - INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS3

    Modeling of mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, and electrical systems, and other phenomena from a system viewpoint. Analysis of continuous-time models for free and forced response. Laplace transforms and transfer functions. Introduction to numerical simulation. Analysis of higher- order systems.

  • Biosyst Core Elec --OR-- Technical Elec0
  • Biosyst Core Elec --OR-- Technical Elec0
  • Supporting Elective3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
    • Total17
    • Total Senior Hours35

First-Year Engineering Program

The University of Kentucky College of Engineering First-Year Engineering Program is designed to remove as much guesswork from your major selection as possible. Instead of pushing through a major you don’t like, or adding time and expense by changing majors, you can make an informed choice thanks to a hands-on, team experience that exposes you to all of our engineering majors from the start.

All incoming engineering students will be admitted as undeclared engineering students. However, instead of taking only engineering prerequisites such as calculus, chemistry, and physics, you will take custom-designed engineering courses (EGR 101, 102, 103) during your first year. (Transfer students will be admitted directly to a pre-major program and enrolled in EGR 112 with other transfer students.)

The uniquely designed EGR classes are taught by engineering faculty and cover crucial study habits, fundamentals of engineering computing, and a design project.

Then, during the spring semester of your first-year, you will declare your chosen engineering major when you register for fall classes. With one solid year of fundamentals—as well as a design project—under your belt, you will be prepared to succeed in your desired major.


Admission Requirements

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, there are minimum admission requirements. Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT math score of 23 or higher or a SAT math score of 540 or higher. Additionally, students must also meet the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for reading and writing. If you do not meet the initial admission requirements, please refer to the University of Kentucky Bulletin for alternative routes to admission to the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling UK Core and College of Engineering requirements, students must complete the Biosystems Engineering curriculum. The following curriculum meets the requirements for the B.S. degree.


Meet the Faculty

Dr. Akinbode Adedeji
Food Process Engineering

Dr. Carmen Agouridis
Bioenvironmental Engineering

Dr. Sue Nokes
Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Dr. Alicia Modenbach
Food and Bioprocess Engineering

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Experiential Education

Co-ops, internships, and undergraduate research are not required but are strongly encouraged so students learn important, career-related skills as early as possible. UK’s many study abroad opportunities are another way to gain global perspective. Through an exchange program between the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and several universities in Brazil, junior or senior level undergraduate students can spend approximately six months experiencing the Brazilian culture, earning credits toward their degree, and learning Portuguese.


Student Involvement

The BAE Student Branch is the main student organization for Biosystems Engineering students. Students are encouraged to join one of the professional societies at the national level that best aligns with their area of interest. These professional organizations include the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE), the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

The Wildcat Pulling Team provides a 360° engineering experience. The team is responsible for the designing, manufacturing and testing a quarter scale tractor. Each year the team travels to Peoria, Ill., for a week-long ASABE-sponsored competition, during which a panel of industry experts evaluate design and performance. UK’s team won the 2012, 2014 and 2015 national championships and has consistently placed in the top seven since 2002.

Alpha Epsilon is an honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers. The objectives of the honor society are to promote the high ideals of the engineeringprofession, to give recognition to those who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship and professional attainment and to encourage and support the profession. Graduate students in the UK chapter sponsor a peer mentoring program for undergraduate students. 


Career Prospects in Biosystems Engineering

Depending on their interests while at UK, Biosystems Engineering graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in the following industries: natural resource conservation, environmental quality enhancement, machine systems engineering, controlled environment systems, biomedical engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine.


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Contact

Dr. Czarena Crofcheck

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Food and Bioprocess Engineering

College of Engineering

128 C.E. Barnhart Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0276

(859) 218-4349

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