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College of Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Suggested Plan of Study for Biological Engineering

Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 135

Freshman Year, see First-Year Engineering Program
It is recommended that students take a general education elective in the freshman year.

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)
(3) BIOL 23000 (Biology of the Living Cell) (3) CHE 32000 (Statistical Meeting)
(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 elective*
(18)   (18)  

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) ABE 30100 (Modeling and Computation Tools in Biology and 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)
(4) 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 elective* (3) Engineering elective
(17)   (18)

Senior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth 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 Operations)
(4) ABE 55600 (Food Plant Design and Economics)
(4) Biological or food science elective† 3) ABE 58000 (Process Engineering of Renewable Resources)
(3) Engineering elective† (3) Biological or food science elective†
(6) General education elective (3) General education elective*
(18) (16)

* Eighteen credit hours of general education electives must be chosen in accordance with the general education document (available in the Student Academic Center, Room 201, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building). Of the 18 credit hours, 3 must be economics, such as ECON 25100 or 25200 and 3 must be an additional communication elective.

† See the list of approved restricted electives that appears in the ABE Student Handbook.