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College of Agriculture

Agricultural Engineering

Energy, food, water and the environment are vital for the well-being of both current and future generations. The Agricultural Engineering program prepares students for careers that address these and other vital concerns. Students in this Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering program can specialize in either machine systems engineering or environmental and natural resources engineering. Employment opportunities for graduates include: product engineering, design and test engineering for machinery and manufacturing industries, engineering for consulting firms and government agencies responsible for environmental conservation and quality, facilities design, safety engineering, engineering management, private consulting, teaching in colleges and universities, and research in industry and government. See www.purdue.edu/ABE for updates to the plan of study shown below.

Credit Hours Required: 131 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
or (3) CS 15900 (Programming Applications for Engineers)
(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)
(3) Humanities selective* (4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)
(17) (17)

Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) ABE 20500 (Computations for Engineering Systems) (3) ABE 21000 (Biological Applications of Material and Energy Balances)
(1) ABE 29000 (Sophomore Seminar) (4) MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations)
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (3) ME 27400 (Basic Mechanics II)
(3) ME 27000 (Basic Mechanics I) (3) NUCL 27300 (Mechanics of Materials)
(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3) Humanities selective*
(4) Biological sciences selective
(18) (16)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) ABE 30500 (Physical Properties of Biological Materials) (3) ABE 33000 (Design of Machine Components)
(4) ABE 32500 (Soil and Water Resource Engineering) (3) ECE 20100 (Linear Circuit Analysis I)
(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science) (4) Biological sciences selective


ME 30900 (Fluid Mechanics) or
(3) CE 34000 (Hydraulics) and
(1) CE 34300 (Elementary Hydraulics Laboratory)
(3) Economics selective*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(17) (16)

Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) ABE 43500 (Hydraulic Control Systems for Mobile Equipment) (4) ABE 48500 (Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design)
(3) ABE 45000 (Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization) (3) Engineering technical selective
(1) ABE 49000 (Professional Practice in Agricultural and Biological Engineering) (3) Humanities selective*
(3) Agricultural selective (3) Social science or humanities selective*
(3) Engineering technical selective (1) Elective†
(3) Written or oral communication selective*
(16) (14)

* A total of 18 credit hours of general education electives must be taken in accordance with the requirements of the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering. The plan of study must include six credits of College of Agriculture International Understanding electives and three credits of Multicultural Awareness electives.

† Two credits of elective are required if (3) CS 15900 (Programing Applications for Engineers) is completed during the second semester of the freshman year.