Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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The Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) major integrates life and engineering for the enhancement of systems involving agriculture, food, energy, water, and the environment. We are an ABET-accredited engineering program that combines fundamental engineering skills with understanding and the ability to design complex systems in some of the world’s areas of greatest need. Click here to view our Program Objectives and Outcomes.

We prepare you to create abundant and safe supplies of food, feed, water, and energy; to design healthier, more sustainable indoor and outdoor environments; and to develop new technology at both micro and macro levels. Our graduates are equipped to analyze data and manage information for complex systems. In a world with finite resources and nearly 7.5 billion people, these are skills that are valued on both local and global scales.

Students will choose a concentration during their sophomore or junior year, either Agricultural Engineering or Biological Engineering.

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Seven Paths

Students may choose to develop their area of interest by focusing on one of seven specializations within the major.

Bioenvironmental Engineering

Design systems that provide desired environmental conditions for animals, people, crop storage, and greenhouses; develop systems to handle and treat biowaste; design and manufacture structures.

Ecological Engineering

Design products for wetland, compost, restoration, phytoremediation, and integrated agriculture ecosystems; foster long-term system sustainability; develop and evaluate business models for engineering ecosystems.

Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Make useful food, feed, and energy products; develop and test new human and animal food and food ingredients; evaluate environmental factors and energy efficiencies associated with food and energy processing.

Nanoscale Biological Engineering

Design and manipulate biomolecular, metabolic, and subcellular processes; modify cell behavior; analyze nanoscale systems such as biosensors and particle delivery mechanisms.

Off-Road Equipment Engineering

Design, manufacture, and test agricultural, construction, and mining equipment; create equipment control systems for automating machinery; design specific machine components as well as complete machinery.

Renewable Energy Systems Engineering

Design energy systems reliant on sunlight, wind, geothermal, and biomass; create systems for collecting and converting renewable energy into thermal or electrical energy; develop and evaluate business models for renewable energy products.

Soil and Water Resources Engineering

Control erosion, sediment, and non-point source pollution; design systems that sustain and improve water quality, storm water management, and flood control; develop irrigation, water management, and drainage systems for sustainability.

A Flexible Curriculum