Biosystems Engineering Graduate Courses
BsE411 Mechanical Systems Engineering (3) Fundamentals of power delivery systems and simple mechanisms; selection and design of mechanical, hydraulic, and tractive power transmission systems. Emphasis on off-road vehicles and bioprocessing systems. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mechanical Engineering 231 and Mechanical Engineering 321.
BsE416 Hydrology (3) An introduction to hydrology and associated environmental implications including: the hydrologic cycle, evapotranspiration, runoff, erosion, unit hydrograph operations, routing, open channel flow, groundwater, infiltration, and urban stormwater. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite: Aerospace Engineering 341.
BsE431 Bioprocess Engineering (3) Development of interdisciplinary bioprocess engineering; basics of biology in an engineering perspective; enzymatic reaction kinetics; metabolism and bioenergetics; cell growth kinetics and product formation; engineering principles applied to bioprocess engineering including mass balance, energy balance, and reaction kinetics; reactor design and systems; introduction to bioseparations; practical aspects of bioprocess engineers and process development. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 321.
BsE451 Instrumentation & Control (4) Basic electronics with biological applications. Analog and digital electronics; sensing and controlling physical and environmental parameters; sensor selection and interfacing; signal conditioning; process control. Includes laboratory experiments and design projects. Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Electrical and Computer Engineering 301.
BsE500 Thesis (1-1) Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science – biosystems engineering major.
BsE502 Registration for use of facilities (1-1) Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements.
BsE503 Seminar (1) (See Environmental and Soil Sciences 503.)
BsE519 Modeling Techniques and Applications (3) Engineering approach to mathematical modeling of physical phenomena. Systems definitions and boundaries; types and formulation of models and solution techniques; verification and calibration techniques; model applications and case studies. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Comment(s): Graduate standing in engineering required.
BsE525 Soil erosion and sediment yield (3) (See Environmental Engineering 525.)
BsE530 Research problems in Biosystems Engineering (1-3) Theoretical and experimental studies relating to current problems in agricultural engineering. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
BsE532 On-Site Domestic Wastewater Treatment, Dispersal, and Reuse (3) Design and management of domestic on-site wastewater treatment and dispersal systems, use of the soil as a medium for final treatment and for wastewater dispersal, concepts of the decentralization of domestic wastewater management, and reuse of treated water for irrigation. (Same as Biosystems Engineering Technology 532.) Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (DE) Prerequisite(s): Civil Engineering 395 or consent of instructor.
BsE543 Instrumentation and measurement (3) Modern instrumentation techniques. Static and dynamic response of instrumentation; signal conditioning; temperature, moisture, optical radiation, displacement, strain, pressure, velocity, acceleration, and flow measurements; digital data acquisition and control. (Same as Environmental Engineering 543.) Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (DE) Prerequisite(s): 451 or coursework in electronics and computer circuits.
BsE545 Monitoring hydrologic phenomena (3) Application of instrumentation theory to monitoring hydrologic phenomena; strengths and weaknesses of current equipment and strategies; equipment operation and solution of environmental monitoring problems. (Same as Environmental Engineering 545.) Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (DE) Prerequisite(s): 416.
BsE550 Selected topics (1-3) Lecture/group discussion on specialized topics. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
BsE552 Biological treatment theory (3) (See Environmental Engineering 552.)
BsE555 GIS and GPS applications to Biosystems (3) Theory and applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS); acquiring, managing, and analyzing spatially-varying data. Site-specific agriculture, environmental site assessment, natural resource management, and hydrology. (Same as Biosystems Engineering Technology 555.) Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Comment(s): Students with graduate standing in engineering, biological or physical sciences only.
BsE562 Selected Topics in Natural Resource Engineering (3) Topics in engineering for the characterization, conservation, and protection of soil, water, and air resources in spite of human activities such as off-road vehicle use, agriculture, mining, construction and land development, or waste application. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
BsE572 Selected Topics in Machinery, Control, and Instrumentation Systems (3) Topics in the engineering of machinery, sensors, and data collection and analysis systems, and the use of these systems in ways that enhance productivity, increase efficiency, boost economic return, and protect environmental resources. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
BsE575 Applied microbiology and bioengineering (3) (See Chemical Engineering 575.)
BsE582 Selected Topics in Processing (3) Topics in the engineering of biological and physical processes and of biological systems, from the production of raw materials through to high-demand value-added products. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
BsE591 Environmentally-Sensitive Spray Applications (3) Develops the concepts of spray drift causes and corrective actions to lessen the effects of pesticides in the environment. Concepts are based on factors related to dosage transfer and the competing physics of droplet delivery under a variety of atmospheric conditions. Mass balance procedures are emphasized to validate measures of spray drift. Sprayer equipment components and operation factors affecting spray drift are introduced as operator controlled measures to minimize spray drift. The role of pesticide label language is incorporated into course concepts. Best management practices are developed to ensure practical applications of course concepts are emphasized. The student will learn how to implement spray drift reduction practices as well as make objective conclusions about spray drift test data. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
BsE600 Doctoral research and dissertation (3-1) Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Registration Restriction(s): Doctor of Philosophy – biosystems engineering major.
BsE603 Seminar (1) (See Environmental and Soil Sciences 603.)
BsE619 Mathematical Modeling for Engineers (3) Describing physical and biological settings with mathematical expressions. Applying dimensional analysis, linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, systems of linear equations, linearization, moving boundary problems, and series solutions to solve mathematical expressions. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 519.
BsE636 Geospatial Methods for Environmental Research (3) Sampling and displaying the multidimensionality of environmental variables. Spatial and temporal sensing of the environment. Geostatistical mapping and interpretation; sampling theory; precision geomatic techniques for the environmental scientist and engineer. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 555.
BsE650 Selected topics (1-3) Lecture, group discussion, and individual study on specialized developments. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.