Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Online and Distance Education

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

 

Courses

A 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.

Master of Biological and Engineering Courses

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

BAE 501 - Sensors and Controls

Units: 3

Basic concepts of sensors and controls for 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.

Offered in Spring Only

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BAE 525 - Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing

Units: 3

Introduction to the structure and functions of microbial cells and their cultivation and utilization in Biological engineering processes. Topics covered include Fermentation systems and downstream processing methods. Enzyme kinetics, production and application. Biomanufacturing of fuels, industrial chemicals, food additives and food products such as beer, wine, cheese and yogurt, Microbial biomass production, Introduction to environmental biotechnology including wastewater treatment and bioremediation. Field trip is an essential educational component of the course and is are required. Credit will not be given for both BAE 425 and BAE 525.

Offered in Spring Only

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2020 Spring Term

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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2020 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 435 and BAE 535.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2020 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

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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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BAE 577 - Wetlands Design and Restoration

Units: 3

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. Basic understanding of biology, soils , hydrology, and soil and water engineering is required.

Offered in Spring Only

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2020 Spring 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 discussion that emphasize problem solving and analysis.

Offered in Fall Only

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2020 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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2020 Spring Term 2020 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

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2020 Fall Term

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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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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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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2020 Fall Term

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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2020 Spring Term 2020 Fall Term