ABE Program Objectives, Outcomes and Statistics

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

This accreditation includes consideration of the program's educational objectives and outcomes:

Program Objectives

The educational objectives for the Agricultural and Biological Engineering program reflect the mission of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the importance placed on successful professional practice, the ability to pursue advanced degrees, the assumption of professional and societal leadership roles, and a commitment to life-long learning. University of Illinois Agricultural and Biological Engineering graduates will…

Objective 1

Successfully enter the agricultural and biological engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants with prominent companies and organizations in diverse areas that include agricultural and off-road equipment manufacturing and automation, food and fiber production, renewable energy production, environmental conservation and water quality engineering, indoor environmental control, systems informatics and analysis, or other related fields.

Objective 2

Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities in agricultural and biological engineering, and related fields.

Objective 3

Advance in their chosen fields to supervisory and management positions.

Objective 4

Engage in continued learning through professional development.

Objective 5

Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

Educational Outcomes

Engineering design, teamwork, and communication are integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a capstone design experience. By choice of electives, students not only meet all the outcomes listed below but are also provided with the opportunity to specialize in career-oriented areas that include bioenvironmental engineering, ecological engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, nanoscale biological engineering, off-road equipment engineering, renewable energy systems or soil and water resource engineering. The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation.

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering degree program includes coursework to provide exposure, practice and evaluation to demonstrate that our students attain:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

ABE Statistics

Category 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Undergraduate enrollment 182 157 182 194 163 165 143 105
Graduate enrollment 68 76 68 70 62 51 48 53
B.S. degrees granted 36 37 43 37 24 30 11 12