Graduate Program

Specializations

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering department offers degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. While obtaining a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, students may specialize in one of four areas:

  • Agricultural Production
  • Biological Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Land and Water Resources

Graduate Degrees

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department offers graduate degree programs through the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Please refer to the Graduate Student Manuals for requirements.

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

The graduate programs offered through the College of Engineering for Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) majors are the Master of Engineering, Master of Science, Degree of Engineer, and the Ph.D.

  • Master of Engineering
    • The Master of Engineering degree is intended for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in engineering and desire to further their technical and analytical skills.
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
    • The Master of Science degree through the College of Engineering is intended for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering but desire to advance their science backgrounds within the framework of an engineering discipline.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • The engineering Ph.D. degree is an advanced graduate degree for students who wish to pursue a career in education or research.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

For the Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) option the following degrees are offered through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree.

  • Master of Science
    • The Master of Science degree in AOM is for students who desire to advance their management skills through additional course work and graduate level research.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • The AOM Ph.D. degree through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an advanced degree in technical management.
  • Applied Science Master's and Ph.D.
    • An Applied Science Masters and Ph.D. degree is offered for students with a basic science degree who desire advanced training in problem-solving capabilities, interdisciplinary research, and methods for applying science to real world problems and issues.
Combined Degree Program
One-Year Master's Degree (Non-Thesis)

This degree program requires a total of 30 credit hours. It can be completed in two semesters and one summer term. Students may take four courses in the Fall, four courses in the Spring, and two courses in the Summer.

Students may select an area of concentration within Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and must complete 30 hours of graduate level course work, at least 15 of which must be from Agricultural and Biological Engineering. With the approval of the supervisory committee, students may take coursework in related areas from other departments including both engineering management and technical courses.

Graduate Certificate

Certificate in Biological Systems Modeling

The ABE graduate studies program offers an opportunity for students to earn a certificate in biological systems modeling. Engineering and science graduate students and professionals will be trained to model a wide range of biological and environmental systems. A tiered course structure introduces students to conceptual modeling, model development and design with high-level programing languages, and an overview of the model application to simulation of biological systems.

All applicants to approved certificate programs on campus must use the centralized application with the Office of Admissions. To visit the Office of Admissions application, click here.

For information, contact Dr. Rafael Munoz-Carpena.

Certificate Courses
3-Tier Sequence of Courses

A 3-tier sequence of courses was devised based on current catalog of courses with emphasis on simulation/modeling. The 3-tier sequence consists of two required courses followed by electives that can be selected according to the student's area of focus or interest. The first two courses introduce students to conceptual modeling, model development and design with high-level languages and an overview of the application of these tools to simulation of agricultural and biological systems. After completion of the first two courses, the student can select 2 additional specialized courses (electives) selected according to the student's area of focus or interest across different disciplines (see below).

  • Tier 1
    ABE5643C: Biological Systems Modeling
  • Tier 2
    ABE5646: Agricultural and Biological Systems Simulation
  • Tier 3
    Choose two courses:
    ABE5015: Empirical Models of Crop Growth & Yield Response
    ABE5663: Applied Microbial Biotechnology
    ABE6035: Advanced Remote Sensing: Science & Sensors
    ABE6037C: Remote Sensing in Hydrology
    ABE6254: Simulation of Agricultural Watershed Systems
    ABE6265: Vadose Zone Water and Solute Transport Modeling
    ABE6644: Agricultural Decision Systems
    CWR6536: Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology
    PKG6100: Advanced Computer Tools for Packaging
    ABE6933: Crop Simulation
    ABE6933: Math & Statistical Characteristics of Nonlinear Regression Models