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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and College of Engineering


Baird, C.D., Chair; Beck, H.W.; Berger, K.R.; Bucklin, R.A.; Burks, T.F.; Campbell, K.L.; Chau, K.V.; Chynoweth, D.P.; Dukes, M.D.; Earle, J.F.; French, B.T.; Graham, W.D.; Haman, D.Z.; Jones, J.W.; Jordan, J.D.; Judge, J.; Leary, J.D.; Lee, W.S.; Lehtola, C.J.; Mishoe, J.W.; Nordstedt, R.A.; Overman, A.R.; Price, D.R.; Smerage, G.H.; Talbot, M.T.; Teixeira, A.A.; Welt, B.A.

ABE 2012C Introduction to Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 2311.

The process of design is introduced along with approaches to solving engineering problems, manipulations and presentations of engineering data, and applied engineering concepts.

ABE 2062 Biology for Engineers.

Credits: 3.

Principles and engineering applications of biology. Principles and applications of biochemistry, genetics, microbial systems, animal systems, ecological systems and global systems. (B)

ABE 3042C Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design 1.

Credits: 2; Coreq: ABE 2012C.

Design of engineered agricultural and biological systems and devices. Problem definition analysis, synthesis, project management, economic, environmental and social impacts. Individual and team projects.

ABE 3062L Biological Engineering Laboratory.

Credits: 2; Prereq: General Biology, General Chemistry and Differential Equations or equivalent.

Quantitative laboratory studies of activities of biological systems, including microbial, plant and animal systems. (B)

ABE 3212C Natural Resources Conservation Engineering.

Credits: 4; Prereq: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 and EG classification.

Introduction to hydrology, flow through porous media, flood routing, grade control structures, erosion control, irrigation and drainage.

ABE 3612C Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems.

Credits: 4; Prereq: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 and EML 3007; Coreq: CGS 2425 or equivalent.

Transfer phenomena, steady and unsteady state heat conduction, radiation, free and forced convection, mass transfer, psychometrics, thermodynamics of biological processes.

ABE 3652C Physical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials.

Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC2313, PHY2048 and CHM2045.

Theory and use of physical and rheological properties of biological materials in agricultural engineering applications.

ABE 4043C Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design 2.

Credits: 2; Prereq: Senior standing (4EG), ABE 3042C, specialization courses.

Senior capstone design project.

ABE 4171C Power and Machines for Biological Systems.

Credits: 4; Prereq: EML 3100, EGM 3520.

Design and specifications of agricultural power units; soil, crops and machine interactions of agricultural tractors and machinery. Functional design requirements and operating characteristics of food production machinery.

ABE 4231C Irrigation Engineering.

Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 3212C and CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C.

The design of irrigation systems including pumps, power units and water distribution systems. Systems most applicable to irrigation in Florida will be emphasized.

ABE 4233C Drainage and Structural Design.

Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 3212C; Coreq: CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C.

The design and theory for agricultural land drainage systems, including appropriate conservation and management practices. Structural design considerations for culverts, small earthen dams and pump stations will be presented.

ABE 4303C Structural and Environmental Design.

Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 3612C and ABE 2012C.

Design and analysis of structures and environmental modification systems used in agricultural production.

ABE 4413C Postharvest Operations Engineering.

Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 3612C.

Engineering principles and practices of postharvest operations for the maintenance of quality of agricultural products. Design of systems and facilities.

ABE 4660 Applied Microbiological Biotechnology.

Credits: 3; Prereq: General biology and organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Principles of microbial biotechnology with emphasis on applications of microorganisms for industrial processes, e.g., energy, environmental, food, pharmaceutical and chemical.

ABE 4662 Quantification of Biological Processes.

Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 2062 or BSC 2010, BSC 2011, EML 3100, EGN 3353 or CWR 3201, ABE 3612C or EML 4140.

Quantitative description and analysis of biological processes pertaining to microbes, plants, animals and ecosystems. Biological transport phenomena, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioregulation, circulatory and muscle systems, agroecosystems. Analytical and experimental laboratory for development of quantitative skills.

ABE 4812 Food and BioProcess Engineering Unit Operations.

Credits: 4; Prereq: ABE 3612C, EML 3100, and CWR 3201. Coreq: ABE 4660.

Analysis of thermal freezing, evaporation, dehydration, contact equilibrium and mechanical separation process as governed by the reaction kinetics and rheology of processed foods.

ABE 4905 Individual Study in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Credits: 1 to 4; May be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credits in the course. Prereq: Recommendation of departmental chairperson.

Selected problems of projects in the studentís major field of engineering study.

ABE 4931 Professional Issues in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Credits: 1; Prereq: Junior standing.

Current developments in agricultural and biological engineering, principles of agricultural and biological engineering practice, professional standards and ethics.

ABE 4932 Special Topics.

Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: permission of instructor. May be repeated up to a maximum of 10 credits.

Variable subject content providing for the study of agricultural engineering topics not offered in other courses.

ABE 4949 Co-op Work Experience.

Credits: 1; Prereq: EG Classification; one term industrial employment, including extra work according to preapproved outline.

Practical engineering work under industrial supervision as set forth in the College of Engineering Regulations.

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