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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

 

Master | Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

Intended for working professionals wishing to pursue advanced study, but not desiring a career in research. Requires 30 credit hours. No thesis is required.

The Master of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (MBAE) is intended for working professionals who seek advanced study beyond the undergraduate level but are not interested in pursuing a career in research. This program is currently focused toward environmental engineering, but bioprocess engineering interests can be accommodated as well. Requires 30 credit hours. No thesis is required. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission is granted by the Graduate School upon recommendation of the BAE Director of Graduate Programs. Applicants must hold a B.S. degree from an accredited undergraduate engineering program with an overall GPA of 2.8 and a major GPA of 3.0. Applicants not meeting the requirements for full admission may be granted provisional admission.

All applicants must submit:

  • Final transcript of baccalaureate program
  • Letters of reference
  • A clear and concise statement of interest

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: June 25 (US citizens); March 1 (Internationals)
  • Spring semester: November 25 (US citizens); July 15 (Internationals)
  • Summer I: March 25 (US citizens); December 15 (Internationals)
  • Summer II: May 10 (US citizens): December 15 (Internationals)

PLAN OF STUDY

 

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate credit, at least 20 credit hours of which must at the 500 or 600 level. Up to three credit hours of Special Topics (BAE 610) or Special Problems (BAE 620) will be allowed.

All students must include a minimum of three hours of mathematics, statistics, and/or biomathematics at the 400-level or higher. Moreover, each MBAE program must show 15 hours of 400-level (or greater) engineering courses, either on the undergraduate transcript or the student's plan of work. These courses must have engineering content and must be taught from an engineering perspective.

Each student must submit a plan of work outlining the 30 credit hours which will be included in his or her program.

Normally, students in the MBAE program are self-supported. Since self-supported students may take as many as 12 credit hours of course work per semester, the MBAE can be completed in as little as three semesters (one and a half years).

CAREER PROSPECTS

Biological and agricultural engineers specialize in areas such as environment engineering and bioprocess engineering. They develop ways to conserve soil and water and to improve the processing of agricultural products. Environmental engineers are involved in water and air pollution control, ecosystem maintenance, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues.

  At least 60 percent of the hours shown on the plan of work must be BAE courses. Online courses include:

BAE 502 - Instrumentation for Hydrologic Applications

Units: 3

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. Course offered by Distance Education only.

Offered in Spring Only

BAE 528 - Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

BAE 535 - Precision Agriculture Technology

Units: 3

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

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

BAE 574 - DRAINMOD: Theory and Application

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

BAE 575 - Design of Structural Stormwater Best Management Practices

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

BAE 576 - Watershed Monitoring and Assessment

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

BAE 578 - Agricultural Waste Management

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

BAE 580 - Introduction to Land and Water Engineering

Units: 3

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

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

BAE 581 - Open Channel Hydraulics for Natural Systems

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

BAE 582 - Risk and Failure Assessment of Stream Restoration Structures

Units: 1

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.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

BAE 583 - Ecohydraulics and River Corridor Function

Units: 1

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.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

BAE 584 - Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

BAE 585 - Integrating AutoCAD Civil 3D and GIS

Units: 1

Basics of the AutoCAD Civil 3D user interface, drawing tools, importing and handling of survey data, generation of surfaces. GIS data sources and formats. Accessing and using GIS data for Civil 3D design purposes. Creation of GIS objects within Civil 3D and exporting to GIS formats.

Offered in Fall Only

BAE 590 - Special Problems

Units: 1 - 6

Selection of a subject by each student on which to do research and write a technical report on the results. The individual may choose a subject pertaining to his or her particular interest in any area of study in biological and agricultural engineering.

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

    Tuition Level: Graduate - Engineering

    Resident
    Cost per Credit Hour: $445.66
    Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,369.80

    Non-resident
    Cost per Credit Hour: $1,041.66
    Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,249.80

    Approximate cost per semester: $4,010.94 based on 9 credit hours

    Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

    More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

    Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
    FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
    SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
    Summer 1Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
    Summer 2May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

    Dr. John Classen

    Director of Graduate Programs, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

    919.515.6755
    john_classen@ncsu.edu

    Heather Austin

    Student Services Specialist

    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    919.515.6710
    heather_austin@ncsu.edu