Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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  • Objectives
    The PhD course of study unifies the diverse knowledge bases of the biological, agricultural, physical, social, and engineering sciences to enable the student to lead in the discovery of engineering solutions critical to the development of complex biological and agricultural systems.
  • Course description
    Required Coursework
    The Graduate school requires that the Graduate Plan of Study contain 16 hours of coursework at the 8000/9000 level, exclusive of research/dissertation hours, in addition to other work completed for prior degrees. Typically, 51-54 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree in engineering is expected, including mathematics and statistics (approximetely12 hours), engineering science core (approximately 9 hours), and courses in the area of emphasis (30 hours). Students not having a BS in an engineering discipline may be required to complete additional requirements specified by the Graduate Coordinator.

    BAE places high value on advanced proficiency in mathematics, statistics, student's selected area of science, and knowledge of research methods. To achieve this proficiency, the following requirements must be met.


    The department requires the following courses (or their equivalent approved by the Graduate Coordinator) to provide fundamental knowledge for conducting original engineering research.
    ENGR 6910 Research Methods (2 hrs)
    ENGR 6101, 8102, 8103 Computational Methods is a module course (3 hrs)
    ENGR 8950 Graduate Seminar (1 hr. each year, up to a maximum of 3 hrs)
    ENGR 9000/9300 Doctoral Research/Dissertation (at least 6 hrs)
    Course(s) should be included to provide students with knowledge of sensors and instrumentation for engineering research.
    Courses in advanced mathematical and statistical methods (15 hrs)
    Courses in student's selected area in science (9 hrs)

    The student, in consultation with the Advisory Committee, selects courses which contribute to the development of an in-depth knowledge. The selection of courses should be guided to have the student acquire the following:
    •Competency in the selected area of science
    •Ability to integrate diverse knowledge
    •Creative thinking ability for defining problems
    •Ability to conduct original research

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