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Undergraduate Courses for Biological Engineering

ABE 2012: Introduction to Biological Engineering
Areas of concentration within BE are highlighted through laboratory experiences. The process of design is introduced along with approaches to solving engineering problems, manipulation and presentation of engineering data, and applied engineering concepts.

Semesters Taught: Fall and Spring

Credits: 3

ABE 3000C: Applications in Biological Engineering
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.

Prereq: Junior standing in Engineering 

Semester(s) Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

ABE 3212C: Land and Water Resources Engineering
Introduction to hydrology, flow through porous media, flood routing, grade control structures, erosion control, irrigation and drainage.

Co-requisites: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 & EG classification 

Semester(s) Taught:

Credits: 4

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, thermodynamics of biological processes.

Prereq: MAP 2302 or EGM 3311 and EML 3007; Coreq: CGN 2425 or equivalent

Credits: 4

ABE 3652C: Physical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials
Theory and use of physical and rheological properties of biological materials in agricultural and biological engineering applications.

Prereq: CHM 2045, MAC 2313 and PHY 2048

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

ABE 4033: Fundamentals and Applications of Biosensors
The course is intended to provide a broad introduction to the field of biosensors, design and performance analysis. Fundamental application of biosensor theory will be demonstrated, including recognition, transduction, signal acquisition, and post processing/data analysis.

Prereq: Senior standing required for enrollment, Passing grade in organic chemistry (CHE 2210/2211, EES4200, or equivalent) and differential equations (MAP 2302 or equivalent) is required

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

ABE 4042C: Biological Engineering Design
Design of engineered agricultural and biological systems and devices. Problem definition analysis, synthesis, project management, economic, environmental and social impacts. Individual and team projects.

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 2

ABE 4043C: Biological Engineering Design 2
Senior capstone design project

Prereq: senior standing (4EG), ABE 4042C, specialization courses

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 2

ABE 4171C: Power and Machine Design in Agriculture and Biological Engineering
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

Semester Taught: Fall (Odd Years)

Credits: 3

ABE 4231C: Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Irrigation & drainage systems design including pump sizing & specification, water distribution systems, plant water requirement, drainage systems, & flood control.

Prereq: ABE 3212C. Co-req: CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 4

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

Semester Taught: Spring (Odd Years)

Credits: 3

ABE 4655C: Bio-based Products
This course is intended to provide the knowledge for the production of energy (fuels), chemicals and materials from renewable resources. The course includes the fundamental principles and practical applications from renewable materials to bio-based materials: biorefinery and biobased products overview, fundamental concepts in understanding biorefinery and biobased products; biomass production; materials from biomass; chemical platforms from biomass; energy and fuels from biomass; pilot-plant and process design.

Recommended background in general chemistry

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

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, and agroecosystems. Analytical and experimental laboratory for development of quantitative skills.

Prereq: ABE 2062 or BSC 2010/2011, EML 3100, EGN 3353 OR CWR 3201, ABE 3612C or EML 4140

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

ABE 4812C: Food and Bioprocess Engineering Unit Operations
Design and analysis of thermal, freezing, evaporation, dehydration; and mechanical, chemical and phase separations processes as governed by reaction kinetics and rheology of food and biological materials.

Prereq: ABE 3612, EML 3100, and CWR 3201

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 4

ABE 4935: Writing Grant Proposals for Scholarships and Fellowships
The course is intended to provide upper level students in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department a broad introduction to opportunities for obtaining scholarships, fellowships, internships, and teaching/research assistantships from federal funding agencies. The course will introduce the students to funding sources and opportunities, provide guidelines for proposal writing, and require students to prepare the components of a proposal which will be reviewed by the instructor as well as other students enrolled in the course.

Undergraduate students are required to have senior status, be currently enrolled toward a degree in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, and request permission from the instructor.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 2

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

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

 

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Undergraduate Courses for Agricultural Operations Management

AOM 2520: Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future
Students will be able to analyze energy consumption patterns for individuals and nations, and include all sectors of the global economy from fully developed countries to developing nations. New renewable energy sources will be investigated and international solutions to future needs will be analyzed. Both physical limitations and capabilities of these new sources will be presented and debated.

Semester Taught: Fall Distance course (Canvas), one hour per week mandatory meeting via web, Period 9, Monday

Credits: 3

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 will be combined to provide an introduction to the changing world of construction.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

AOM 3333: Pesticide Application Technology
Equipment and methods used to apply pesticides in agriculture. Techniques used to avoid misapplication, a common cause of pesticide failures, are emphasized.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

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

Semester Taught: Summer A

Credits: 3

AOM 4314C: Power and Machinery Management
Functional requirements, operating principles, performance, safety, and economic application of agricultural power units for field and process operation.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

AOM 4434: Precision Agriculture
Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and planning for natural resource data management. Global positioning system (GPS), yield monitoring and mapping, remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, Internet information access, and computer software for management.

Prereq: Junior standing

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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. 

Prereq: MAC 1147 or equivalent, PHY 2004, or equivalent, or instructor approval

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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: MAC1147, or equivalent, computer course or instructor approval

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

AOM 4461: Sustainable Ag 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 first year physics

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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: Biology, Physics and Chemistry related coursework

Semester Taught: Summer A

Credits: 3

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

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

AOM 4643: Principles & Issues in Environmental Hydrology
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

Semester Taught: Fall (Online)

Credits: 3

AOM 4905: Special Problems in Agricultural Operations Management

Credits: 1-4

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.

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

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

Credits: 1-4

AOM 4933: Professional Practices in Agricultural Operations Management

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 1

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Undergraduate Courses for Packaging

PKG 3001: Principles of Packaging
Course 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.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

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.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

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.

Semester Taught: Fall

Credits: 3

PKG 4008: Distribution and Transport Packaging
Covers topics of containment, protection and preservation related to transporting and delivery of packages.

Semester Taught: Spring

Credits: 3

PKG 4905: Senior Design in Packaging

Credits: 2

PKG 4941: Work Experience in Packaging

Credits: Varies

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