University of Florida

ABE 3000C
Applications in Biological Engineering

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of the research and applications of Biological Engineering such as bioprocessing, biotechnology, transport processes, biosensors, bioremediation, biological materials, and biomedicine. Hands-on experiments and course projects are required. This course has two, one-hour lectures and a three-hour lab.


This course requires a junior-level standing in engineering or permission of both the instructor and the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. It is also expected that the student has basic courses in calculus, chemistry, physics and biology.

Course Objectives

  • Gain fundamental knowledge about the terminology, equipment, and recent advances in the fields of biotechnology, biomedicine, bioremediation, and bioprocessing.
  • Develop skills to identify, formulate, and solve problems in biological engineering.
  • Understand the impact of biological engineering in a global and societal context.
  • Develop skills in using modern engineering tools necessary for the practice in the biological engineering field.
  • Develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • Understand the importance of life-long learning.

Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET

This course contributes 3 credit hours toward meeting the minimum 48 credit hours of Engineering Topics in the basic-level curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses the following b, d, h, i, j, and k.

ABET Program Outcomes

  • (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
  • (g) Communicate effectively
  • (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
  • (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
  • (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


Dr. Melanie Correll
Office location: 209 Rogers Hall
Telephone: 352-392-1864 x 209
E-mail address:

 Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Textbooks and Software Required

Biological Process Engineering
Arthur T. Johnson
Publication date and edition:
John Wiley and Sons, Inc Copyright 1999
ISBN Number:

Other assigned reading material will be provided by the instructor.

Course Outline

Week Topics Lab Topic
1 Introduction- where engineers are playing roles in biotechnology, biomedicine, bioremediation, bioterrorism Introduction: lab safety, lab design, lab equipment, aseptic techniques
2 Genetic Engineering-designing of organisms to make desirable products, types of cell systems (bacterial, mammalian, insect, plant cell cultures) Inoculum prep., reactor calibration
3 Biotechnology- fermentation, cell culture, bioreactors descriptions, processing issues Fermentation and cell growth measurements (UV spec, dry weight calibrations, DO, pH measurements)
4 Biotechnology- protein purification, downstream processing Protein Purification, Scale-up issues, gel electrophoresis, column chromatography
5 Drug delivery Visit to Biotech Incubator Facility
6 Protein engineering Lab on protein databases
  Biomedical Engineering, biomechanics introduction, tissue engineering Model simulation of respiratory system
  Circulatory, Nervous, respiratory systems overview with engineering applications to monitor, improve, repair these systems Guest Lecturer from Biomedical Engineering
  Equipment overview in the medical facilities Medical Facility visit
  Bioremediation, bioterrorism Visit to waste treatment facility
  Biosensors types and designs Luminescence bacteria laboratory
  Biofuels TBT
  Nanotechnology in biology Guest Lecturer in nanotechnology
  Final Projects/ class presentations OPEN VISIT
  Final Projects/class presentations OPEN VISIT

Attendance and Expectations

Students are expected to arrive on time and attend all classes. Cell phone use is not allowed during class. Homework assignments are due by 5pm on the day specified for full credit (10% deduction/day thereafter). Students are expected to participate in discussion and have read assigned readings.


A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

grading scale
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
E <60%
Homework & Lab Reports 25%
Exams - 2 @ 20% each 40%
Final Project 15%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

No make-up quizzes or exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,