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College of Agriculture

Biological and Food Process Engineering

The need for high-quality, naturally derived biological products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals and biochemicals has produced a high demand for knowledgeable, capable engineers who understand the complexity and sophistication of biological materials and who have solid engineering skills. Employment and career advancement opportunities have been excellent for graduates, not only nationally, but also internationally. Graduates who have a biological engineering degree with a major in biological and food process engineering are successful in various areas in the biological and food process industry, such as research development, process and product development, environmental and corporate engineering and management. Within the degree program, students can specialize in either food process engineering or cellular and biomolecular engineering. Technical electives vary between these two specializations and, with guidance from a faculty advisor, some course substitutions may be appropriate. Dual-degree options, including two additional required semesters, are offered with biochemistry or pharmaceutical sciences. See www.purdue.edu/ABE for updates to the following plan of study.

Credit Hours Required: 134 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(2) ENGR 13100 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation I) (2) ENGR 13200 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation II)
(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)
(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)
(14) (17)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(4) ABE 20100 (Thermodynamics in Biological Systems I) (3) ABE 20200 (Thermodynamics in Biological Systems II)
(1) ABE 29000 (Sophomore Seminar) (3) BCHM 22100 (Analytical Biochemistry) or FN 20500 (Food Science I)
(3) BIOL 23000 (Biology of the Living Cell) (3) CHE 32000 (Statistical Modeling)
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (3) MA 26500 (Linear Algebra)
(2) IT 22600 (Biotechnology Laboratory I) (3) MA 26600 (Ordinary Differential Equations)
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (3) General education selective*
(18) (18)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) ABE 30100 (Modeling and Computational Tools in Biological Engineering) (3) ABE 37000 (Biological/Microbial Kinetics and Reaction Engineering)
(3) ABE 30300 (Applications of Physical Chemistry to Biological Processes) (4) ABE 45400 (Transport Processes in Biological and Food Process Systems)
(3) CHE 37700 (Momentum Transfer) (4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)
(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (4) CHE 37800 (Heat and Mass Transfer)
(3) General education selective* (3) General education selective*
(16) (18)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(1) ABE 49000 (Professional Practice in Agricultural and Biological Engineering) (3) ABE 46000 (Sensors and Process Control)
(4) ABE 55500 (Biological and Food Processing Unit Operations) (4) ABE 55600 (Biological and Food Process Design)
(3) Biological science or food science selective† (3) ABE 58000 (Process Engineering of Renewable Resources)
(3) Engineering selective (3) Biological science or food science selective†
(6) General education selectives* (3) General education selective*
(17) (16)

* Eighteen credit hours of general education selectives must be chosen in accordance with the general education document available in the Student Academic Center located in Room 201 of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building. Of the 18 credit hours, three must be economics (ECON 25100 or 25200) and three must be an additional communication selective. The plan of study must include six credits of College of Agriculture International Understanding selectives and three credits of Multicultural Awareness selectives.

† This is a restricted selective. See list of approved courses in the
ABE Student Handbook. Selectives are FN 31500, FN 53400, FS 36100, FS 36200, FS 45300 and FS 46700.