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Undergraduate Courses in Biological Engineering

CourseDescriptionCreditsSemesters

ABE 2012C: Introduction to Biological Engineering

Introduces the process of design along with approaches to solving engineering problems, manipulations and presentations of engineering data and applied engineering concepts. (WR)

Prereq: MAC 2311

Instructor: Dr. James Leary

3 Fall, Spring

ABE 3000C: Applications in Biological Engineering

Overview of the research and applications of biological engineering, such as bioprocessing, biotechnology, transport processes, biosensors, bioremediation, biological materials and biomedicine.

Prereq: BSC 2010 or equivalent

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Correll

3 Spring

ABE 3212C: Land and Water Resources Engineering

Introduces hydrology, flow through porous media, flood routing, grade control structures and erosion control.

Prereq: ENV 3040C and MAP 2302
Coreq: CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C

Instructor: Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena

4 Fall

ABE 3612C: Heat and Mass Transfer in Bio Systems

Transport phenomena, steady and unsteady-state heat conduction, radiation, free and forced convection, mass transfer, psychometrics and thermodynamics of biological processes.

Coreq: ENV 3040C or CGN 3421 or ESI 4327C or COP2271 and COP2271L

Instructor: Dr. William Pelletier

4 Fall

ABE 3652C: Physical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials

Theory and use of physical and rheological properties of biological materials in agricultural engineering applications.

Prereq: CHM 2045, MAC 2313 and PHY 2048

Instructor: Dr. William Pelletier

3 Spring

ABE 4033: Fundamentals and Applications of Biosensors

Provides a broad introduction to the field of biosensors, as well as an in-depth and quantitative view of biosensor design and performance analysis. Fundamental application of biosensor theory will be demonstrated, including: recognition, transduction, signal acquisition, and post processing/data analysis.

Prereq: MAP 2302, BSC 2010 and CHM 2200

Instructor: Dr. Eric McLamore

3 Spring

ABE 4034: Remote Sensing in Engineering: Science, Sensors and Applications

Develop an understanding of remote sensing theory, systems and applications using information obtained from the visible/near infrared, thermal infrared and microwave regions of the EM spectrum.

Prereq: MAP 2302 or the equivalent

Instructor: Dr. Jasmeet Judge

3 Spring

ABE 4042C: Biological Engineering Design 1

Design of engineered agricultural and biological systems and devices. Problem definition analysis, synthesis, project management, economic, environmental and social impacts. Individual and team projects.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Scholtz

2 Fall

ABE 4043C: Biological Engineering Design 2

Senior capstone design project

Prereq: Senior standing (4EG), ABE 4042C and two courses in area of specialization

Instructor: Dr. Eric McLamore

2 Spring

ABE 4171: Power and Machines for Biological Systems

Design and specification of power and machine elements applied to agricultural, biological and land and water resources or food engineering; fundamentals of power units, design of machine elements and power transmission.

Prereq: EGM 3520 and EML 3007

Instructor: Dr. Tom Burks

3 Fall

ABE 4231C: Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Irrigation and drainage systems design, including pump sizing and specification, water distribution systems, plant water requirement, drainage systems and flood control.

Prereq: ABE 3212C

Instructor: Dr. Richard Scholtz

4 Fall

ABE 4413C: Postharvest Operations Engineering

Engineering principles and practices of post-harvest operations for the maintenance of quality of agricultural products. Design of systems and facilities.

Prereq: ABE 3612C

Instructor: Dr. William Pelletier

3 Spring (Odd Years) 

ABE 4655C: Bio-based Products

Provides the knowledge for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from renewable resources; includes the fundamental principles and practical applications of bio-based products: biorefinery and biobased products overview, fundamental concepts in understanding biorefinery and biobased products; materials, chemical platforms, and fuels from biomass.

Prereq: CHM 2045 or CHM 2095 and CHM 2046 or CHM 2096 or equivalent general chemistry courses, or instructor permission

Instructor: Dr. Zhaohui Tong

3 Fall

ABE 4662: Quantification of Biological Processes

Quantitative description and analysis of biological processes pertaining to microbes, plants, animals and ecosystems. Biological transport phenomena, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioregulation, circulatory and muscle systems, agroecosystems. Analytical and experimental laboratory for development of quantitative skills.

Prereq: ABE 2062 or BSC 2010, EGN 3353 or CWR 3201

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Correll

3 Fall

ABE 4812: Food and Bioprocess Engineering Unit Operations

Analysis of thermal freezing, evaporation, dehydration, contact equilibrium and mechanical separation processes as governed by the reaction kinetics and rheology of processed foods.

Prereq: ABE 3612C, CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C

Instructor: Dr. Pratap Pullammanappallil

4 Fall

ABE 4905: Individual Study in Biological Engineering

Selected problems of projects in the student's major field of engineering study.

Prereq: Recommendation of department chair

1-4 Fall, Spring, Summer C 

ABE 4912: Integrated Product and Processing Design 1 in Biological Engineering

First part of a two-course sequence in which multidisciplinary teams of engineering and business students partner with industry sponsors to design and build authentic products and processes on time and within budget.

Instructor: Dr. James Leary

3 Fall 

ABE 4913: Integrated Product and Process Design 2 in Biological Engineering

Second part of a two-course sequence in which multidisciplinary teams of engineering and business students partner with industry sponsors to design and build authentic products and processes on time and within budget.

Prereq: ABE 4912

Instructor: Dr. James Leary

3 Spring 

ABE 4932: Modeling Coupled Natural-Human Systems

In this course, we will explore some approaches to modeling coupled natural-human systems (CNHs). By definition, modeling such systems requires concepts drawn from both natural and social sciences, a selected few of which will be studied in this course.

Prereq: Basic calculus and college-level probability courses

Instructor: Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul

3 Spring

ABE 4932: Fundamentals and Applications of Solar Energy

The student will be introduced to principles and applications of Solar Energy in a variety of situations including photovoltaics and solar thermal. After the first four weeks, which well be entirely devoted to theory, the course will combine theory and laboratory work simultaneously.

Prereq: Physics, Trigonometry and Calculus I and II

Instructor: Marco Pazmino, Visiting Professor

3 Spring

ABE 4935: Writing Grant Proposals for Scholarships and Fellowships

Introduces seniors in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department to opportunities for obtaining scholarships, fellowships, internships, and teaching/research assistantships from federal funding agencies; includes funding sources and opportunities, provide guidelines for proposal writing. Requires preparing a proposal.

Prereq: Senior standing, must be pursuing a degree within the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department, and instructor permission

Instructor: Dr. Eric McLamore

2 Fall

ABE 4949: Work Experience in Biological Engineering

Work experience in the biological engineering industry with advisor approval. (S-U)

Prereq: Advisor approval

1-3 Fall, Spring, Summer C 

ABE 6933: Logistics of Agricultural Food Chains

This course covers logistic strategy and concepts for agricultural food chains, and the techniques and tools needed to improve supply chain efficiency and solve logistics problems.

Prereq: Basic skill of math and statistics, knowledge of farming operations

3  Spring

EGN 4912: Engineering Directed Independent Research

Provides firsthand, supervised research with a faculty advisor or postdoctoral or graduate student mentor. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)

0-3 Fall, Spring, Summer B and C 

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Undergraduate Courses in Agricultural Operations Management

CourseDescriptionCreditsSemesters

AOM 2520: Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future

Students will explore the global history of energy sources. New energy sources are investigated and international solutions to future needs are analyzed.

Instructor: Dr. Wendell Porter

3 Fall (Online)
Distance Course, One hour per week mandatory meeting

AOM 3220: Agricultural Construction and Maintenance

Selection and use of materials and tools used in planning, constructing and maintaining buildings. Students will participate in class lectures and hands-on laboratory activities to build full-scale projects involving framing, plumbing, electrical, windows, etc. Building codes and building science are combined to provide an introduction to the changing world of construction.

Instructor: Dr. Wendell Porter

3 Fall

AOM 3333: Pesticide Application Technology

Equipment and methods used to apply pesticides in agriculture. Emphasizes techniques used to avoid misapplication, a common cause of pesticide failures.

Instructor: Dr. Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee

3 Fall

AOM 3734: Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida

Irrigation practice related to Florida agriculture. The course deals with irrigation system characteristics, management, maintenance and economics.

Prereq: MAC 1147

Instructor: Dr. Richard Scholtz

3 Summer A

AOM 4062: Principles of Food Engineering

The functional requirements and principles of operation of systems for handling and processing food and agricultural products.

Prereq: MAC 1147 and 3 credits of physics

Instructors: Andrew Macintosh and Renee Goodrich

4 Fall 

AOM 4314C: Power and Machinery Management

Functional requirements, operating principles, performance, safety and economic application of agricultural power units and field machines for citrus, vegetable and field crop production.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Scholtz

3 Spring

AOM 4434: Precision Agriculture

Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and planning for natural resource data management. Global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, automated guidance, Internet, information access and computer software for management.

Prereq: Junior standing

Instructor: Dr. Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee

3 Spring

AOM 4444C: Electrical Power and Instrumentation for Agricultural Operations Management

Fundamental concepts of electricity, power, instrumentation, computer control operations and selected transducers. Foundation to aid in management of agricultural processing operations.

Instructor: Dr. Wendell Porter

3 Spring

AOM 4455: Agricultural Operations and Systems

Quantitative and managerial techniques for management and planning of technical resources in agriculture. Applications of queuing theory, project scheduling, optimization and expert decision systems.

Prereq: MAC 1147 and a computer course

Instructor: Dr. Clyde Fraisse, Dr. J. Adam Watson, and Dr. Greg Kiker

3 Spring

AOM 4461: Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Minimizing energy and costs in agricultural and natural resource systems and industries. Students explore ways to enhance sustainable systems by improving efficiency. Topics include agricultural machinery, pumps, motors, fans, refrigeration, lights and construction methods.

Prereq: Senior standing and PHY 2004 or the equivalent

Instructor: Dr. Wendell Porter

3 Spring

AOM 4521: Introduction to Biofuels

An overview of biofuel production related to technologies and feedstocks, economics of producing biofuels and impact on the environment and the local economy. Dealing specifically with liquid and gaseous biofuels and bioenergy produced from renewable resources, it provides a summary of the past, present and future production technologies and applications.

Prereq: BSC 2010, PHY 2004 and CHM 2045 or the equivalent

Instructor: Dr. Pratap Pullammanappallil

3 Summer

AOM 4642: Environmental Systems for Agricultural Structures

Effects of the environment on plant and animal production, processing operations and quality of stored produce. Selection of building materials and sizing of components of environmental systems in agricultural structures to enhance more efficient agricultural production, processing and storage.

Prereq: MAC 1147 and 3 credits of physics

Instructor: Dr. J. Adam Watson

3 Fall

AOM 4643: Environmental Hydrology: Principles and Issues

This is a basic course in environmental hydrology intended for agricultural and natural resource managers. The first half of the course covers scientific principles of the hydrologic cycle while the second half investigates case studies of current water quality and water management issues.

Recommended knowledge of simple and intermediate algebraic equations, trigonometry, sophomore-level chemistry, physics, and mathematics through pre-calculus

Instructor: Dr. Greg Kiker

3 Fall (Online)

AOM 4905: Special Problems in Agricultural Operations Management

Selected problems or projects in the student's major field of mechanized study.

Prereq: permission of department chair or advisor. 

1-4 Fall, Spring 

AOM 4911: Supervised Research in Agricultural Education and Communication

Firsthand, authentic research in Agricultural Education and Communication under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)

0-3 Fall 

AOM 4932: Agri-Food Systems Innovation

Students will explore the role of innovation in food systems from a reverse chain perspective. Students will gain knowledge of the food system framework from a multi-level (i.e., global, national, and regional/local) perspective, identify current, innovative business and technological practices, as well as present and think critically about future trends in food.

Instructor: Dr. J. Adam Watson

3 Spring

AOM 4933: Professional Practices in Agricultural Operations Management

Professionalism and interfacing of technical skills. Topics include ethics, continuing education, placement skills and professional development in agricultural operations management.

Prereq: Junior standing in agricultural operations management

Instructor: Dr. J. Adam Watson

1 Spring

AOM 4941: Full-time Practical Work Experience in Agricultural Operations Management

  1-4 Fall, Spring 

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Undergraduate Courses in Packaging

CourseDescriptionCreditsSemesters

PKG 3001: Principles of Packaging

Focuses on the materials, uses, functions and production processes of packaging. Topics include an industry overview and related applications as well as the historical, societal and technological drivers of packaging and how end-users decide on the product/package combination they use for their product and the impact these choices make on the product's market success.

Instructor: Dr. William Pelletier

3 Fall

PKG 3103: Food Packaging

Study of major technical, safety and legislative issues involved in modern food packaging practices. Physical and chemical properties of food packaging materials. Survey of modern packaging techniques for various food types.

Prereq: CHM 2045

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Welt

3 Fall

PKG 4008: Distribution and Transport Packaging

Studies containment, protection and preservation practices related to transporting and delivery of packages.

Instructor: Dr. William Pelletier

3 Spring

PKG 4011: Packaging Production and Processing

Studies operations and machinery used in modern packaging lines. Topics include high-speed forming, filling, sealing, labeling, check weighing, inspection, coding, palletizing and shipping.

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Welt

3 Spring

PKG 4101C: Computer Tools for Packaging

Covers powerful computer tools applicable to the packaging industry. Topics include label design, bar code technology, spreadsheet programming, 3D package design and distribution efficiency analysis.

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Welt

3 Spring

PKG 4941: Work Experience in Packaging

Work experience in the packaging science industry. (S-U)  1-3 Fall, Spring 

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