Biological and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Courses

88A number of Biological and Agricultural Engineering online courses are offered at the graduate-level. These may be taken as part of a certificate or degree program, or by non-degree-seeking students on a course-by-course basis. For those interested in taking individual courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program, you must first enroll as a Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student. To learn more about enrolling as a PBS student or registering for courses, visit our Apply page.

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Listing for Biological and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Courses

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Special Topics and Experimental Courses:

 

Course Descriptions

BAE 501 — Instrumentation for Biological Systems
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, on-campus only
Basic concepts of instrumentation for monitoring biological systems. Study of transducers and circuits utilized in biological and agricultural engineering applications. Demonstration of concepts of error, accuracy and precision, linearity and other instrument characteristics by electronic models. Provision of hands-on experience for reinforcing lecture concepts in laboratories. Credit will not be given for both BAE 401 and BAE 501. Prerequisite: ECE 331

 

BAE 502 — Instrumentation for Hydrologic Applications
Units: 3

Offered in Spring only,  distance education only
Basic theory of instruments and measurements. Physical parameters of interest, available methods and sensors for assessment. Sensor characteristics. Dataloggers and sensor-datalogger communications. Data transfer, management, and processing. Emphasis on hydrologic and water quality research applications

Prerequisite: MA 341, BAE 401 or ECE 331, ST 370 or ST 511

 

BAE 525 — Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing
Units: 3

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
Introduction to the structure and functions of microbial cells and their cultivation and utilization in bioprocess engineering. Fermentation systems and downstream processing methods. Enzyme kinetics, production and application. Biomanufacturing of fuels, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food additives and food products such as beer, wine, cheese, and yogurt. Microbial biomass production. Introduction to environmental biotechnology including waste water treatment, bioremediation and biomining. Biodeterioration and its control. Product development, regulations and safety. Graduate standing required. Students cannot obtain credit for both BAE[BBS] 425 and BAE 525.

Prerequisite: MB 351

 

BAE 528 — Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, on-campus and distance education
This course will introduce fundamental principles and practical applications of biomass-to-renewable energy processes, including anaerobic digestion of organic wastes for biogas and hydrogen production, bioethanol production from starch and lignocellulosic materials, biodiesel production from plant oils, and thermoconversion of biomass and waste materials. Restricted to engineering seniors and graduate standing in COE, CALS, PAMS or CNR.

Prerequisite: Introductory Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

 

BAE 535 — Precision Agriculture Technology
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Spring only, on-campus and distance education
Overview of technology available for implementation of a comprehensive precision agriculture program. Topics include computers, GPS, sensors, mechanized soil sampling, variable rate control system, yield monitors, and postharvest processing controls. Applications of precision agriculture in crop planning, tillage, planting, chemical applications, harvesting and postharvest processing. Credit may not be received for BAE/SSC 435 and BAE/SSC 535

Prerequisite: Junior standing or Senior standing

 

BAE 536 — GIS Applications in Precision Agriculture
Units: 1

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
Exploration of geographic information systems [GIS] and its applications in precision agriculture. Topics will include file structure and formatting, interfacing with precision agriculture equipment, georeferencing maps, merging and clipping farm data, data field calculations, designing management zones, variable rate prescriptions, and basic data analysis.

Prerequisite: GIS 410 or GIS 510 or BAE 435 or BAE 535

 

BAE 560 — Aerosol Science and Engineering
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Fall only, on-campus and distance education
This course is designed for students who have a desire to work in the area of air quality. It will provide students with fundamental knowledge of aerosol properties, behavior and physical principles, and with hands-on experience in applying this knowledge to aerosol/PM measurements and control.

Prerequisite: MA 341

 

BAE 561 — Agricultural Air Quality
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Spring only, on-campus only
This course will prepare students to identify agricultural air pollutants and their sources, understand the on-farm and off-farm impacts of these pollutants, measure these pollutants, characterize and model the fate of these pollutants, and select and/or design cost-effective remediation measures. This course is restricted to seniors in engineering and MEAS, and graduate students in CALS, PAMS, and CNR.

Prerequisite: MA 341

 

BAE 572 — Irrigation and Drainage
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Spring only, on-campus only
Design, management and evaluation of irrigation and drainage systems; concepts and processes of system design.

Prerequisite: BAE 471, SSC 200

 

BAE 573 — Introduction to Surface Hydrologic/Water Quality Modeling
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, on-campus  and distance education
Concepts in basic hydrologic, erosion and chemical transport used in modeling. Evaluation of typical hydrologic/water quality models on watershed systems. Usage of state-of-the-art models in project examples.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, BAE 471, SSC 200

 

BAE 574 — DRAINMOD: Theory and Application
Units: 3

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
This course presents the theory of water movement and storage in poorly drained soils and applies the drainage/water management model DRAINMOD to a wide range of problems. Technical issues related to evaluation, design and management of drained soils and to wetland hydrology are analyzed. A series of problem sets provides experience in using the model, and demonstrates how the model may be applied to describe the complex interactions of multiple processses affecting hydrology of shallow water table soils.

Prerequisite: One of the following: BAE 471, BAE 472, BAE 573, BAE 771, or SSC 511

 

BAE 575 — Design of Structural Stormwater Best Management Practices
Units: 3

Offered odd years, in Spring only, on-campus and distance education
The design of structural stormwater Best Management Practices [BMPs] used in the urban and suburban environments is reviewed, including stormwater wetlands, bio-retention areas, sand filters, innovative wet ponds, green roofs, permeable pavement, and reinforced grass swales. The course is application oriented and includes a pair of field trips.

Prerequisite: BAE 471 or CE 383

 

BAE 576 — Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, on-campus and distance education
Water measurement and structure sizing. Identification of water quality problems and water quality variable selection. Monitoring design, water quality sampling equipment, and sample collection and analysis. Statistical analysis and presentation of water quality data.

Prerequisite: [AES323 [SSC323/BAE323] or BAE471 or FOR429 [NR420] or CE586, and ST311 or ST361 or ST511

 

BAE 578 —Agricultural Waste Management
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, distance education only
This course covers principles of managing, handling, treating and applying animal and poultry manures and organic byproducts from an engineering perspective. Topics include waste characterization, descriptions of systems and technology, land application principles, preparation of waste management plans, biochemical/biological processes, and potential impacts to the environment. Assignments include homework, quizzes, projects, and discussions that emphasize problem solving and analysis.

Prerequisite: Biology or Engineering background

 

BAE 580 —Introduction to Land and Water Engineering
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, distance education only
This distance course introduces students to concepts of the hydrologic cycle, water quality, precipitation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, watershed delineation, surface runoff, open channel flow and pond design. Students will apply these concepts to an engineering design problem. This course is designed for BAE distance graduate students, lifelong education students and students from related disciplines outside of BAE. It will not substitute for BAE 471. The course is only open to students with senior standing or higher.

Prerequisite: MA 241

 

 

BAE 581 — Open Channel Hydraulics for Natural Systems
Units: 3

Offered odd years, in Fall only, distance education only
Theory and applications of hydraulics to open channels with an emphasis on natural streams and rivers. Course will introduce and develop principles of flow regimes [subcritical/critical/supercritical], and types [uniform flow, gradually varied and rapidly varied flow]. Application will include hydraulics of flow measuring devices, step-backwater analysis and rating curve development, and flood studies using hydraulic models. A lab-scale flume will be used to illustrate concepts. Laptops will be used in class to learn and apply HEC-RAS [water surface profiles model]. CE 382 or equivalent required. CE 381 recommended.

Prerequisite: CE 382 or equivalent. CE 381 recommended.

 

BAE 582 — Risk and Failure Assessment of Stream Restoration Structures
Units: 1

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
This course defines uncertainty and risk pertaining to stream restoration structures and identifies and quantifies sources of such. Students will review various in-stream structures and, using an example study of the rock cross vane as a guide, will investigate a structure of their choice applying the concepts of risk and uncertainty. Modules include: Introduction to structures and definitions; Types and modes of failure; Uncertainty in Stream Restoration Design; Probability of failures, cost of failures; and Failure modes and effects.

Prerequisite: CE 382 or MAE 308 or equivalent

 

BAE 583 — Ecohydraulics and River Corridor Function
Units: 1

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
This course provides an ecological perspective of lotic systems and introduces students to ecological processes that structure river corridors. This course defines hydraulic, hydrologic, chemical, sedimentary, and biotic influences on an aquatic ecosystem. The five modules define components of aquatic ecosystems and their interactions, and explore ecological implications of engineered designs and cause-effect relationships from the watershed scale down to individual organisms. This course assumes students have a working knowledge of general biological and physical principles related to fluvial ecosystems.

Prerequisite: CE 382 or MAE 308 or equivalent

 

BAE 584 — Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, distance education only
This distance course provides an introduction to applied fluvial geomorphology as it relates to natural physical stream processes. Students will learn about watershed hydrology, stream gage data analysis, bankfull stage identification, hydraulic geometry relationships, stream channel assessment and classification, stream stability and channel evolution.

Prerequisite: BAE 471 or BAE 580

 

BAE 771 — Theory Of Drainage—Saturated Flow
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Fall only, distance education only
Discussion of physical concepts and properties of fluids and porous media in relation to soil-water movement. Derivation and discussion of the fundamental laws and equations governing saturated flow in porous media. Analysis of mathematical solutions of steady-state and transient flow equations to determine their applicability to drainage problems. Consideration of analogs and models of particular drainage problems.

Prerequisite: MA 301

 

Special Topics and Experimental Courses

BAE 590 — AutoCAD Civil 3D & Hydraulic/Hydrologic Models
Units: 3

Offered Spring 2017, on-campus only
Introduction to the use of models integrated with Civil 3D in the Storm & Sanitary Analysis (SSA) package, e.g., TR-55, TR-20, HEC-1, SWMM, and Rational Method. Hydraulic network analysis of simple to complex systems involving, e.g., open and closed conveyences, detention ponds and outlet structures, and flood routing. Transfer of data from Civil 3D landscape models to/from hydrologic/hydraulic models.

BAE 590 — Aquacultural Engineering

Units: 3

Offered Spring 2017, on-campus only

Engineering principles applied to aquacultural systems; water chemistry; fluid mechanics; aquacultural pumping plants; fish pond design; recirculating aquacultural systems; water filtration; disinfection; aeration and degassing; instrumentation in aquacultural systems; biological, ecological and environmental aspects of aquacultural engineering design. This course assumes working knowledge of biological and physical principles as well as basics of fluid dynamics.

BAE 590 — Biogeochemical Processes for Ecological Engineering
Units:3

Offered in Fall only, on-campus and distance education
The class aims at providing an integrated view of biogeochemical processes from the microbial cell scale to the treatment system level applicable to common non-point source pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus.  The knowledge gained applies to understanding watershed processes and designing ecologically engineered systems.

 

BAE 590 — Freshwater Use, Rights & Policy
Units: 2

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
The goal for this course is to engage students in the ongoing dialog concerning freshwater usage, rights and policy on a local to a global level and learn several engineering applications of freshwater usage. We will study the current map of freshwater sources, systems of collection, storage, purification and distribution, conveyance, rainwater cistern design, the major players who are shaping current policy, and a series of case studies of shared resources, water shortage, and environmental concerns.

 

BAE 590 — Wetlands Design and Restoration
Units: 3

Offered even years, in Spring only, distance education only
Fundamental understanding of hydrology, soils and ecology of natural wetland systems will be developed to serve as the basis for designing wetland systems for water treatment and restoring degraded natural wetland systems.  Stormwater and wastewater treatment wetland design and implementation concepts will be emphasized.  Wetland restoration will also be studied with emphasis on current wetland regulations, design, and implementation techniques.  Engineered wetland concepts will be supplemented with relevant case studies.

 

BAE 590 — Biofiltration of Gaseous Waste Streams
Units: 1

Offered in Spring only, distance education only
Theory and application of biofiltration as an air pollution abatement technology. Topics covered include design of biofilters, media selection, operational conditions, microbiology, and modeling.

 

BAE 590 — Agricultural and Environmental Safety and Health
Units: 3

Offered in Fall only, distance education only
This course is designed to provide the student an opportunity to explore various aspects of agriculture and the environment with an emphasis on safety and health. We must recognize that a perfectly safe agricultural production system or environment is unattainable. However, with proper safety management, hazards and exposure to hazards can be greatly reduced.

 

BAE 590 — Postharvest Engineering
Units: 3

Offered in Spring only, on-campus only
This course is an introduction to the engineering aspects of the proper postharvest handling of fresh produce. Topics addressed include cleaning, grading, sorting, cooling, storing, packaging, transport. Issues relating to food safety will be integrated throughout all the course content.

BAE 790 — Bioseparations for Biofuels and Bioproducts
Units: 3

Offered in Spring only, on-campus only
This course will introduce fundamental principles, design, and practical applications of bioseparation processes, including cell lysis and flocculation, filtration, sedimentation, extraction, liquid chromatography and adsorption, and precipitation.