2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Biological Systems Engineering (BSE)

BSE 1004 - Engineering Biological Systems for the Global Good (1 credit) 

Survey of global societal and technological issues that engage biological systems engineers in the areas of health, environment, food and energy. Application of systems-level approaches to meet engineering challenges that intersect with crucial societal issues, including sustainability and equity. Evaluation of key factors that affect the design, communication, and public acceptance of engineered solutions. Analysis of cultural intelligence, with a specific focus on personality and problem solving styles amongst individuals and teams and productive conflict resolution.

BSE 1984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 2004 - Introduction to Biological Systems Engineering (3 credits) 

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of Biological Systems Engineering, including statistics and material and energy balances, through applications in protein separation, hydrology, sediment/nutrient transport, and microbial metabolism. Engineering design process. Engineering problem-solving tools and techniques. Resolving ethical dilemmas. Development of oral and written communication skills; introduction to job searching resources; strategies for career development, and the importance of teamwork and ethics in Biological Systems Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): ENGE 1215 or ENGE 1414 
BSE 2094 - Introduction to Metal Fabrication (1 credit) 

Introduction to metal working tools, equipment, and processes. Fundamentals of gas and arc welding.

BSE 2294 - Animal Structures and Environment (3 credits) 

Functional considerations in facilities development for production agriculture. Concepts of farmstead planning and system development emphasized. Techniques for providing production animal environment, especially for confinement facilities.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1016 or MATH 1025 
BSE 2304 - Landscape Measurements and Modeling (3 credits) 

Introduction to land surveying, computer-aided design, and drafting for land and water resources engineering. Representation of features in two and three dimensions for documentation and visualization of watershed engineering projects. Create plans, cross sections, detail drawings, and three dimensional visualizations using computer-aided design and drafting tools.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1206 or MATH 1226 
BSE 2484 - Engine and Power Train Technology (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of the construction and operation of current internal combustion power units. Control of power utilizing clutches, transmissions, drive shafts, and differentials.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1016 or MATH 1025 
BSE 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 2994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
BSE 3144 - Engineering Analysis for Biological Systems using Numerical Methods (2 credits) 

Solving engineering problems related to biological systems using numerical analysis including root finding, numerical integration, differentiation, interpolation and numerical solution of ordinary differential equations. Error analysis and programming with engineering software. Course requirements may be satisfied by taking MATH 2214 prior to or concurrent with course.

Corequisite(s): MATH 2214 
BSE 3154 - Thermodynamics of Biological Systems (3 credits) 

Fundamental concepts, first and second laws, psychrometrics applied to plant and animal environments, introduction to Gibbs energy, and application of calorimetry to gain basic understanding of energy flow in a biological system. Course requirements may be satisfied by taking CEE 3304 or CHE 3114 or ESM 3234 or ESM 3024 or ME 3404 prior to or concurrent with course.

Prerequisite(s): ESM 2304 and (MATH 2224 or MATH 2224H or MATH 2204 or MATH 2204H) 
BSE 3324 - Small Watershed Hydrology (3 credits) 

Precipitation, soil physics, infiltration, evapotranspiration, groundwater hydrology, overland flow, open channel flow, flow routing, hydraulic analysis.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2305 
BSE 3334 - Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control (3 credits) 

Erosion prediction and control; transport and fate of sediment, nutrients, and microorganisms; design of nutrient management plans, wetlands, detention facilities and other management practices for rural and urban nonpoint source pollution control.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3324 
BSE 3494 - Advanced Welding Technology (1 credit) 

Techniques in welding that include gas, submerged metal arc, metal inert gas, pulsed arc, and tungsten inert gas welding. Design of welding structures, fundamentals of heat treatment, and plasma arc cutting. Consent required.

BSE 3504 - Transport Processes in Biological Systems (3 credits) 

Introduction to material and energy balances in biological systems. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer in biological systems. One and two dimensional conduction, convection, and diffusion of thermal energy and mass. Heat and mass transfer rates, steady and unsteady state conduction, convection, diffusion; design of simple heat exchangers. Application of these topics and fluid mechanics to fluid handling, bacterial growth, plant nutrient uptake, enzymatic reactions.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3154 and ESM 3024 
BSE 3524 - Unit Operations in Biological Systems Engineering (3 credits) 

Unit operations for processing biological materials including heat exchangers, evaporation, drying, mixing, homogenization, extrusion, phase and multi-phase separation, and size reduction. Laboratory hands-on experience in various unit operations. Course requirements may be satisfied by taking BSE 3504 prior to or concurrent with course.

Corequisite(s): BSE 3504, BSE 3534 
BSE 3534 - Bioprocess Engineering (3 credits) 

Engineering concepts for biological conversion of raw materials to food, pharmaceuticals, fuels, and chemicals. Metabolic pathways leading to products, enzyme kinetics, cell growth kinetics, and analysis of bioreactors and fermenters.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3154 
Corequisite(s): 3504, (BIOL 2604 or BIOL 2604H). 
BSE 3954 - Study Abroad (1-19 credits) 
BSE 3984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 4125 - Comprehensive Design Project (2 credits) 

4125: Identify and develop an engineering design project using the team approach; use of literature resources to define project objectives and approach; present project proposal in a professional written and oral manner; engineering ethics, professionalism and contemporary issues. Pre: Completion of 96 hours, overall GPA of 2.0 or better. 4126: Complete a comprehensive design project using the team approach, test approach, test prototype, and prepare and present a professional engineering design report.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3334 or BSE 3524 
BSE 4126 - Comprehensive Design Project (3 credits) 

4125: Identify and develop an engineering design project using the team approach; use of literature resources to define project objectives and approach; present project proposal in a professional written and oral manner; engineering ethics, professionalism and contemporary issues. Pre: Completion of 96 hours, overall GPA of 2.0 or better. 4126 Complete a comprehensive design project using the team approach, test prototype, and prepare and present a professional engineering design report.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 4125 
BSE 4204 - Instrumentation for Biological Systems (3 credits) 

Introduction to instrumentation and sensors for measurement and control of biological systems. Sensor response dynamics, data acquisition, sensor selection, signal processing and signal conditioning principles. Experimental determination of velocity, pressure, strain, displacement, forces and chemical constituents. Data analysis focused on uncertainty, error and statistical concepts.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2306 and ESM 3024 
BSE 4224 - Field Methods in Hydrology (3 credits) 

Site characterization: surveying, channel and floodplain mapping, land use, electronic data acquisition. Techniques for measuring surface and subsurface hydrologic processes: water flow, hydrologic conductivity, precipitation, evaporation. Sampling techniques: surface water, groundwater, and soil pore water sampling. In-situ monitoring: automatic samplers, dataloggers, water quality sondes. Laboratory analyses: good laboratory practices, selection of analytical method, calibration, quality assurance/quality control.

Corequisite(s): 3324 or CEE 3314 or FREC 3104 or WATR 3104. 
BSE 4304 - Introduction to Watershed Modeling (3 credits) 

Fundamental modeling principles used to quantifywatershed hydrology, energy budgets,and associated ecosystem functions, such asplant dynamics and biogeochemical processes, at scales ranging from soil poresto watersheds. Code development and model integration to simulate watershed hydrologyandnutrient and sediment transport. Model calibration and performance assessment. Data discovery, acquisition, and processing of data relevant to hydrologic/watershed modeling.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3334 
BSE 4324 - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (3 credits) 

Introduction to landscape evolution. Influence of geology and climate on stream form and processes. Fundamental river mechanics and sediment transport. Stream surveying and classification. River system response to changes in hydrology and sediment supply. Interactions between ecosystems and fluvial systems. Human impacts on stream systems.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3324 or CEE 3314 or FREC 3104 or WATR 3104 
BSE 4344 - Geographic Information Systems for Engineers (3 credits) 

Conceptual, technical, and operational aspects of geographic information systems as a tool for storage, analysis, and presentation of spatial information. Focus on engineering applications in resource management, site selection, and network analysis. Laboratory work and senior standing required.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3324 or CEE 3314 or FREC 3104 or WATR 3104 
BSE 4394 - Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries (3 credits) 

Social, economic and engineering principles of water supply and sanitation in developing countries as affected by climate, cultural and sociological factors, and material and financial resources. Pre: Junior or Senior standing.

BSE 4524 - Biological Process Plant Design (3 credits) 

Engineering principles for design of systems for processing biological materials into primary and secondary products. Delivery, scheduling, storage requirements, economic analysis. Process control and instrumentation of bioprocessing plants.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3524 
BSE 4534 - Bioprocess Engineering Lab (1 credit) 

Unit operations commonly used in processing biological materials, including filtration, heat transfer, ultrafiltration, crystallization, and protein expression by fermentation, purification by chromatography, and characterization by gel electrophoresis.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3524 and BSE 3534 
BSE 4544 - Protein Separation Engineering (3 credits) 

Concepts, principles and applications of various unit operations used in protein separations. Properties of biological materials, such as cells and proteins, and their influences on process design. Design of processes for protein purification based on the impurities to be eliminated. Concepts and principles of scale-up of unit operations. Case studies in practical protein recovery and purification issues, with a focus on enhanced protein purification by genetic engineering. Protein purification process simulation and optimization using process simulation software.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3504 or CHE 3144 
Cross-listed: CHE 4544 
BSE 4554 - Creating the Ecological City (3 credits) 

Multidisciplinary, team oriented, problem-solving approaches to creating cities that foster healthy interconnections between human and ecological systems. Analysis of problems from practical and ethical perspectives in the context of the diverse knowledge bases and values of decision-makers. Formation and utilization of integrated design teams to solve complex urban design and planning problems at a variety of scales. Senior standing.

Prerequisite(s): HORT 2134 or FREC 2134 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 6A Critique & Practice in Arts, 6D Critique & Prac in Design, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
BSE 4564 - Metabolic Engineering (3 credits) 

Engineering concepts for analyzing, designing, and modifying metabolic pathways to convert raw materials to food, pharmaceuticals, fuels and chemicals. Cell metabolism, pathway design, bioenergetics, regulatory mechanisms, metabolic modeling, and genetic tools.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3534 or BCHM 4115 or BIOL 3774 
BSE 4604 - Food Process Engineering (3 credits) 

Analysis and design of food processing operations including thermal pasteurization and sterilization, freezing, extrusion, texturization, and mechanical separation.

Prerequisite(s): BSE 3504 and BSE 3524 
BSE 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
BSE 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)