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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Certificate in Applications in AI-based SmartAg Systems (CALS)

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering graduate studies program offers an opportunity for students to earn a certificate in Applications in AI-based SmartAg Systems through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). 

A 3-tier sequence of courses was devised based on current catalog of courses with emphasis on precision agriculture and SmartAg concepts. The first course, at Tier I, introduces students to design analysis, and evaluation of SmartAg methods for applications in production agriculture, biological and food engineering, forestry, land, and water resources At Tier II, the student will develop machine learning skills that can be applied to a broad ranges of applications in agriculture and life sciences. In addition to current prerequisites for listed courses, the required courses will follow the proposed tiered structure sequence, i.e. Tier II will require Tier I courses. After completion of Tier I and Tier II, the student can select 1 additional specialized course (elective) according to the student's area of focus or interest across different disciplines. Courses in Tier III will require completion of Tier I and II.

How to apply for admissions into the program:

  • For currently enrolled UF students, apply here. You will need your GatorLink username and password to apply.
  • New students should apply here.

IMPORTANT: Student must apply to start the certification prior to completing two courses toward the certificate.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must complete all certificate courses with a “B” or better to earn this certificate.
  • Credits earned at another institution may not be used to meet the requirements of a UF Graduate Certificate.
  • Currently enrolled UF graduate students will be permitted to count previously taken UF coursework towards this Graduate Certificate

How to be Awarded the Certificate:

  • Students must apply to receive a Graduate Certificate by the degree application deadline of the term in which they plan to complete the certificate program requirements.
  • Graduate Certificates will be awarded after successful completion of the program and will be posted to the academic transcript. The Office of the University Registrar will print and distribute Graduate Certificates to the recipients.
  • Students must be registered during the term in which they receive the Graduate Certificate.

Please notify Daphne Flournoy ( after you complete the application so she can process your admission.

3-Tier Sequence of Courses

  • Course Syllabi

    Tier 1 (Required)

    • Syllabus for ABE5456
    • Syllabus for ABE5435

    Tier 2 (3 Credits Required)

    Tier 3 (Choose One)

  • Tier 1 [Required]
    AOM 5456 Applied Methods in SmartAg System


  • AOM 5435 Advanced Precision Agriculture
  • Tier 2 [Required]
    STA 6703 Statistical Machine Learning


  • EEL5840 Fundamentals of Machine Learning
  • Tier 3 [Choose One]
    ABE 6035 Advanced Remote Sensing: Science and Sensors
    ABE 6645C Computer Simulation of Crop Growth and Management Responses
    ABE 6933 Special Topics in Agricultural and Biological Engineering 
    AOM6932 Controlled Environment Plant Production
    GIS 6116 Geographic Information Systems Analysis
    SUR6502C Foundations of UAS Mapping