Biological Systems Engineering Curriculum

133 total credit hours are required for graduation with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. For more detail on the department courses listed below, consult the on-line version of the Undergraduate Bulletin. BSEN course specifics.

Although the curriculum can be completed in eight semesters, many students take longer in order to participate in internships and co-op assignments with companies, international exchange studies, and part-time research projects in the department. These opportunities give BSEN students practical, hands-on experience to learn about careers in engineering.

 

 First Year

  Semester 1

 

Credit hours

  BSEN 100
Introduction to Biological Systems Engineering  and Agriculture Engineering

1

  CHEM 113 General Chemistry I 4
    Chem 109 may be substituted with permission of adviser.

 
  ENGR 10

Freshman Engineering Seminar

0

  MATH 106

Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

5
 
  Electives ACE 6
    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9  
      16 total
 

 Semester 2

   
  BSEN 112

Computer-Aided Problem-Solving

2

  CHEM 114
Fundamental Chemistry II

3

    Chem 110 may be substituted with permission of adviser.

 
  MATH 107

Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

4

  PHYS 211

General Physics I

4
  Elective Organizational Skills 3
    Choose from a list of 40+ courses available from adviser  
      16 total

 Second Year

 Semester 3

   
  BSEN 225

Engineering Properties of Biological Materials

3

  CHEM 251/253
or 255/257
or 261/263

Organic Chemistry & Lab 4
  ENGR 20

Sophomore Engineering Seminar

0

  JGEN 200

Technical Communication I

3

  MATH 208

Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

4

  MECH 223

Engineering Statics

3

      17 total
 

 Semester 4

   
  BSEN 130

Computer-Aided Design
2
  BSEN 244

Thermodynamics of Living Systems

3

  LIFE 120/120L

Fundamentals of Biology I and Lab

4

  MATH 221

Differential Equations

3

  MECH 373

Engineering Dynamics

3

  Elective Computer Programming 1
    Choose from: BSEN 212a, BSEN 212b, or BSEN 212e  
      16 total

 Third Year

 Semester 5

   
  LIFE 121/121L

Fundamentals of Biology II and Lab 4
  CIVE 310
or MECH 310
or CHME 332

Fluid Mechanics

Transport
3
  ELEC 211

Elements of Electrical Engineering I

3

  IMSE 321
or
MATH 380

Engineering Statistics & Data Analysis
Statistics & Applications
3
  BSEN Elective* Emphasis area 3
      16 total
 

 Semester 6

   
  BSEN 344

Biological & Environmental Transport Processes

3
  BSEN Elective*

Emphasis area 3
  BIOC 321 or BIOC 431

Elements of Biochemistry
Biomolecules and Metabolism
3
  Elective Oral Communication 3
    Choose from: ALEC 102; COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 283, or COMM 286; GERM 303; JAPN 202; JGEN 300; RUSS 304; SPAN 303
 
 
  Elective

Engineering or Science emphasis

3

  Electives ACE 3
    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9  
      18 total

 Fourth Year

 Semester 7

   
  BSEN 460

Instrumentation & Controls

3

  BSEN 470


Design I in Agriculture and Biological Systems Engineering

1
  BSEN 206

Engineering Economics 3
  BSEN Elective*

Emphasis area 3
  Elective ACE 3
    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9

 
  Elective

Engineering or Science emphasis

3

      16 total
 

 Semester 8

   
  BSEN 480

Design II in Agriculture or Biological Systems Engineering

3
  ENGR 400

Professional Ethics & Social Responsibilities

1

  BSEN Elective*

Emphasis area 3
  Elective ACE
3
    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9

 
  Elective

Engineering emphasis

3

  Elective Biological Science 5
    BIOS 203 is not acceptable; a minimum of two BIOS, BIOC or equivalent laboratory courses, or two courses with laboratories, is required within the 16 hrs of biological sciences and biochemistry courses  
      18 total
       
 

Total credit hours required for graduation:



  133

 *BSEN Emphasis Courses

Bioenergy and Food

  BSEN 303

Principles of Process Engineering 3
  BSEN 444/446 Biomass and Bioenergy Engineering
Unit Operations of Biological Processing
3

Biomedical Engineering

  BSEN 311

Biomedical Signal and System Analysis
3
  BSEN 317

Intro to Biomedical Engineering
3
  BSEN 414
or 416
or 418
Medical Imaging Systems
Intro to Biomaterials
Tissue Engineering
3

Water and Environment Engineering

  BSEN 326

Intro to Environmental Engineering 3
  BSEN 350

Soil and Water Resources Engineering 3
  BSEN 441
or 453
or 455
or 458
Animal Waste Management
Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering
Groundwater Engineering
3

  

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

    An emphasis area requires a student to take 21 hours of engineering and science-based courses. A minimum of 15 hours must be selected from courses offered by the College of Engineering. Within the 15 hours, a minimum of 12 hours must be BSEN courses or engineering courses crosslisted with BSEN. Of the BSEN or BSEN crosslisted courses, one must be a 300-level course of a primary emphasis area, one must be a 300-level course of a secondary emphasis area and one must be a 400-level course of a primary emphasis area. Water and Environment emphasis requires both BSEN 326 and BSEN 350, Bioenergy and Food emphasis requires BSEN 303, and Biomedical emphasis requires BSEN 317 as primary emphasis area courses,

Grade and Bulletin Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for all Biological Systems Engineering required courses and electives that are to count toward graduation, with the exception of ACE 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 electives. In addition to the “Bulletin Rule” of the College of Engineering, students transferring into the Department of Biological Systems Engineering must follow the bulletin in effect at the time of their transfer into the department.

University Honors Program

Several BSEN classes are available as honors-designated courses or on a “contract basis.” Honors thesis research is fulfilled by completion of a minimum of 3 credits of BSEN 499H (Honors Thesis) under the auspices of a department faculty member. Honors design projects (BSEN 480H) also satisfy University Honors Program requirements with the approval of department faculty.