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  • Course description
    We are dedicated to discovering and applying engineering principles and methods to the processes of our natural world and to the advanced graduate education of engineering professionals. From solar drying and pasteurization research in the 1970's to today's emphasis on biological waste analysis and treatment, chemical transport through soils, food engineering, bioenergy, bioproducts, and more, our department has had a long history of technical environmental stewardship, research and education. While recognizing that clean air, land and water are the ultimate goals, we have worked on answering the difficult details of what constitutes clean air, land, and water and what solutions are technically and economically possible.

    Program Descriptions
    The Department of Biological Systems Engineering currently offers graduate programs in the following five general emphasis areas.
    • Biomass Processing and Bioproducts Engineering: Develop engineering processes to produce useful, high-value products from the byproducts of agricultural operations and other sources of plant biomass.
    • Food engineering: The application of engineering to the production of safe, nutritious food.
    • Land, Air, Water, and Environmental Engineering (LAWREE): Engineering applications related to hydrologic processes at the field level or at the scale of large water sheds. Application of engineering and biological principles to the study the environmental impact of managed biological systems, including agriculture, confined animal operations, aquaculture, and natural resources.
    • Bio-Environmental engineering: Application of engineering and biological principles to the study of the environmental impact of managed biological systems, including agriculture, confined-animal operations, aquaculture, and natural resources.
    • Agricultural Automation: Develop engineering solutions for processes and equipment to meet the needs in specialty crop production.
    All Emphasis Areas: M.S. Program:
    BSYSE 512 -- Research and Teaching Methods
    BSYSE 541 -- Instrumentation and Measurements
    Ph.D. Program:
    BSYSE 512 -- Research and Teaching Methods
    BSYSE 541 -- Instrumentation and Measurements
    STAT    512 -- Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments

    Three credits of mathematics beyond Differential Equations. You may choose from:
    MATH   540 -- Applied Mathematics I
    MATH   548 -- Numerical Analysis
    (Or other courses approved by your advisor)
    Land, Air, Water, and Environmental Engineering (LAWREE) Requirements Core Courses :
    M.S. students can choose two from the three core courses while

    BSYSE 556 -- Surface Hydrologic Processes and Modeling
    BSYSE 5XX -- Nutrient Cycling and Transport (in preparation)
    BSYSE 595 -- Ground-water Flow and Contaminant Transpor
    Suggested Elective Courses:
    BSYSE 555 -- Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment
    BSYSE 557 -- Watershed Modeling and Managemen
    BSYSE 562 -- Cropping Systems Modeling (To be revised )

    SOILS  513 -- Soil Physics
    SOILS  514 -- Environmental Biophysics
    SOILS  515 -- Environmental Biophysics Laboratory
    SOILS  521 -- Environmental Soil Chemistry
    SOILS  523 -- Advanced Vadose Zone Hydrology

    CE        517 -- Mechanics of Sediment Transport
    CE        518 -- Hazardous Waste Engineering
    CE        527 -- Advanced Soil Mechanics
    CE        551 -- Open Channel Flow
    CE        552 -- Advanced Topics in Hydraulic Engineering
    CE        571 -- Meteorology

    GEOL   569 -- Hydrogeology Methods (with lab)
    GEOL   579 -- Groundwater Geochemistry
    GEOL   58 4 -- Stable Isotope Geochemistry

    ME        521 -- Fundamentals of Fluids I
    ME        522 -- Fundamentals of Fluids II
    Food Engineering Requirements Core Courses :
    M.S. Program :
    BSYSE 581 -- Advanced Physical Properties of Foods
    BSYSE 58 2 -- Food Process Engineering Design
    BSYSE 584 -- Thermal Processing of Foods

    Ph.D. Program:
    M.S. required courses plus two courses from the following list:
    BSYSE 583 -- Food Separation Processes Design
    BSYSE 586 -- Food Rheology
    BSYSE 58 8 -- Food Powders
    BSYSE 58 7 -- Food Plant Design

    (Or other approved food engineering graduate courses )
    Elective Courses :
    MS food engineering students should take at least seven credits

    FSHN   416 -- Food Microbiology
    FSHN   417 -- Food Microbiology Laboratory
    FSHN   460 -- Food Chemistry
    FSHN   462 -- Food Analyses
    FSHN   470 -- Advanced Food Processing Technologies

    ME         404 -- Heat Transfer
    ME         513 -- Conduction Heat Transfer
    ME         514 -- Thermal Radiation Processes
    ME        515 -- Advanced Heat Transfer
    ME         521 -- Fundamentals of Fluids I
    ME         522 -- Fundamentals of Fluids II

    EE        517 -- Numerical Solutions to EM problems
    EE        518 -- Advanced Electromagnetic Theory I
    EE        538 -- EM Simulation

    CE        534 -- Finite Elements
    CE        556 -- Numeric Modeling in Fluid Mechanics

    ChE       441 -- Process Control
    ChE       510 -- Transport Processes

    And other approved graduate level courses offered in the CEA
    Environmental Engineering Requirements Core Courses :
    M.S. students can choose two from the three core courses while

    BSYSE 556 -- Surface Hydrologic Processes and Modeling
    BSYSE 5XX -- Nutrient Cycling and Transport (in preparation)
    BSYSE 555 -- Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment

    CE        541 -- Environmental Engineering Unit Operations
    CE         542 -- Environmental Engineering Unit Processes
    Suggested Elective Courses
    BSYSE 595 -- Ground-water Flow and Contaminant Transport
    BSYSE 557 -- Watershed Modeling and Management

    CE        515 -- Environment Measurements
    CE        517 -- Mechanics of Sediment Transport
    CE        51 8 -- Hazardous Waste Engineering
    CE        519 -- Hazardous Water Treatment
    CE        547 -- Principles of Environmental Engineering
    CE        571 -- Meteorology

    SOILS  514 -- Environmental Biophysics
    SOILS  51 5 -- Environmental Biophysics Laboratory
    SOILS  521 -- Environmental Soil Chemistry
    Biomass Processing and Bioproduct Engineering Requirements Core Courses :
    Required for M.S.

    BSYSE 594 -- Advanced Topics in Bioprocessing and Biotreatment
    BSYSE 5XX -- Biorefinery Process Analysis and Design
    BSYSE 5XX -- Biochemical, Biofuel and Bioenergy
    Suggested Elective Courses
    BSYSE 583 -- Food Separation Process Design

    ChE      529 -- Chemical Engineering Kinetics
    ChE      541 -- Chemical Engineering Analysis
    ChE      546 -- Mass Transfer Operations
    ChE      552 -- Process Optimization
    ChE      560 -- Biochemical Engineering
    ChE       575 -- Introduction to Biochemical Engineering

    MBIOS  503 -- Molecular Biology I
    MBIOS  50 3 -- Molecular Biology II
    MBIOS  506 -- Molecular Techniques in Microbiology
    MBIOS  513 -- General Biochemistry I
    MBIOS  513 -- General Biochemistry II

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