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Biosystems Engineering Technology Undergraduate Courses




BsET125 Fundamentals of Building Systems & Matls (3) Introduction to construction organization, building systems and construction materials. Emphasis on the building process including codes, zoning, material standards, and sustainability.

BsET202 Materials and Fabrication (3) Properties of materials including wood, metals, concrete, plastics and lubricants; drafting and plan reading; fabrication techniques and processes involving hand tools, power equipment, and arc and gas welding. Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour and 2 labs.

BsET212 Surveying (3) Measurement of distances, angles, and areas; differential and profile leveling; topographic surveying and mapping; area computation. Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour a one 3-hour lab. Note that this course is no longer offered. If your catalog (2007-08 or earlier) calls for this course, please see your advisor. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 119 or Mathematics 12

BsET225 Mechanical & Electrical Systems in Structures (3) Study of the systems and materials that comprise standard mechanical and electrical systems in structures. Introduction to related code organizations, standards, terminology, and basic design calculations. Discussion of how electrical, plumbing, and heating / cooling/ ventilating systems are integrated within a structure.

BsET325 Struct. & Soil Mechanics in Constr. (3) Introduction to building systems, loads, forces; statics and strength of materials for builders; physical behavior of soils as a construction material; overview of geology and the formation of soil; index properties and engineering classification; mechanical properties of soils; compaction theory; excavation and OSHA requirements for trench safety, earthwork contract documents. Prerequisite(s) (RE): Physics 221

BsET326 GIS/GPS Appl. in Agric. & Environ. Sci. (3) Introduction to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in agriculture and in environmental science. Topics covered will include GIS software and concepts, GPS receivers, data acquisition, and spatial analysis of data to solve problems. Case studies in agricultural demographics, precision agriculture, pasture management, water quality, watershed management, and waste pollution will be used to provide hands-on experience with these emerging technologies. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources 290.

BsET335 Construction Documents and Estimating (3) Types and interpretation of construction documents, plans, specifications, and schedules of materials, and considerations of document control; Introduction to construction estimating, including types of estimates, their uses, quantity takeoffs, costs of work, overhead, submitting the bid, application of spreadsheets for basic estimating.

BsET335 Construction Documents and Estimating (3) Types and interpretation of construction documents, plans, specifications, and schedules of materials, and considerations of document control; Introduction to construction estimating, including types of estimates, their uses, quantity takeoffs, costs of work, overhead, submitting the bid, application of spreadsheets for basic estimating.

BsET345 Green Constr & Constr Safety (3) Considerations for energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings and development practices, practical and measurable aspects of building elements and corresponding building certification systems; Construction safety, including the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of construction safety and health hazards.

BsET355 Project Planning and Scheduling (3) Parameters affecting project planning, presentation of schedule information, network diagramming and calculation with the critical path method, resource allocation and management, productivity planning, computer applications.

BsET411 Construction Issues Seminar (1) Perspectives from industry professionals about current construction issues, procedures, and regulations. Presentations on current construction projects and employment opportunities. Registration Restriction: Senior standing in program.

BsET412 Surveying (3) Measurement of landforms using radar, remote imagery, satellite real-time kinematics, and laser-based surveying instruments. Survey methods and mapping using GIS. Precision landform measurement of distances, angles, and areas; differential and profile leveling; topographic surveying and mapping; area computation. Recommended background: college mathematics and computer literacy

BsET414 CAD Appl. to Biosystems Eng. Tech. (3) Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) applications in agriculture and environmental science. Essentials of CAD software to create drawings of components, systems, flow charts, and process diagrams. Applications in mechanical, structural, and biosystems. 2-D applications with limited exposure to 3-D applications. Computer intensive course. Hands-on experience. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 414 and 514. Contact Hour Distribution: Two 2-hour labs. Recommended Background: Computer proficiency.

BsET425 Commercial Estimating with Computer Appl. (3)

BsET432 Agricultural and Construction Equipment (3) Functions, selection, matching, and management of agricultural machinery systems. Tractor power ratings, engine and transmission systems, hydraulic systems, hitching, and ballasting. Field and material capacity, field efficiency, cost analysis, and machinery replacement strategies. Functional analyses of tillage operations, planters and drills, no-tillage systems, hay harvest systems, forage and small grain harvesting, and cotton harvesting. Crop drying processes, off-road machinery safety considerations, and operator ergonomics. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 123 or Mathematics 151

BsET434 Production Monitoring & Automation (3) Precision technologies for monitoring and control of agricultural systems. Applications include: yield monitoring; variable rate control and sensing systems for planters, sprayers, soil applied nutrients, water management, crop health, and pest pressure; electronic information transfer; and GPS-based vehicle guidance. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Corequisite(s): 326.

BsET435 Construction Finance/Accounting and Law (3) Construction finance and cost accounting, industry formats, fixed and variable costs, record and report practices; capital equipment, depreciation, and expensing; forecasting costs and cash flow requirements, payment processes and time value of money, surety bonds and insurance; construction law, construction contracts, legal roles and responsibilities, the regulatory environment and licensing, lien laws and the contractor’s rights, national and local labor law, administrative procedures to avoid disputes. Prerequisite (RE): Accounting 200 or graduate standing

BsET442 Agricultural Waste Management and Pollution Control (3) Waste renovation fundamentals; characteristics of animal manure, techniques for collecting, transporting, storing, and utilizing livestock waste. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 123 or Mathematics 125.

BsET452 Small Internal Combustion Engines (3) Theory, concepts and mechanics of small internal combustion engines; theoretical cycles, selection, operation, adjustment, troubleshooting and repair of single-cylinder engines. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 123 or Mathematics 151.

BsET462 Agric. Chemical Application Tech. (3) Equipment for application of liquid, solid, and gaseous agricultural chemicals; system components; operational characteristics; calibration; selection and management; safety considerations; materials handling and disposal methods. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 123 or Mathematics 151.

BsET474 Envir. Instrumentation & Monitoring (3) Equipment and techniques commonly used to measure all aspects of hydrologic cycle: precipitation, runoff, streamflow, and subsurface water movement. Sampling of all flows for contaminants. Design of monitoring systems. Analysis of data. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 474 and 574. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Environmental and Soil Sciences 324.

BsET480 Selected Topics (1-3)