The Department of Agricultural
and Biological Engineering
The University of Florida's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is founded on developing, teaching, and applying engineering principles to improve and sustain agricultural and biological systems for current and future generations. Our programmatic expertise on these complex systems ranges from nano to global scales, integrating anthropogenic and sociological aspects to natural and managed systems. The UF/IFAS ABE department continually transcends disciplinary boundaries to create synergy among different knowledge areas for designing, quantifying, assessing, and managing engineering solutions for natural and managed systems.
Our Mission: The mission of our department is to develop professionals, create and disseminate knowledge, and promote the application of engineering, science, and management principles to meet societal needs with respect to agricultural, biological and land and water resource systems.
Our Goal: To develop agricultural and biological engineering professionals with technical proficiency and a sense of societal responsibility.
UF/IFAS ABE is ranked among the top programs in the nation and provides unique opportunities for in-depth research and field experience with award-winning department faculty. Our department offers graduate and undergraduate programs in both the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
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Program Educational Objectives
Graduates from the University of Florida's undergraduate degree program in Biological Engineering will in a few years after graduation:
- Pursue advanced study if desired
- Meet or exceed the expectations of employers of biological engineers or other related fields
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
The Agricultural and Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.
Academic Learning Compacts
Academic Learning Compacts are agreements that describe the communication skills, critical thinking skills, and content knowledge in the major (known collectively as Student Learning Outcomes) that students should acquire if they diligently follow the prescribed course of study.UF is required to assess student achievement in these Student Learning Outcomes through Individual Student Assessments (ISA) before graduation.
Each baccalaureate degree program has formulated a set of ISAs suitable to the major. Each major will require one or more additional ISAs to satisfactorily complete the Academic Learning Compact.
- Biological Engineering
- Agricultural Operations Management
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The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.