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2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and College of Engineering

ABE 2012C Introduction to Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 2311.

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

ABE 2062 Biology for Engineers
Credits: 3.

Principles and engineering applications of biology. Principles and applications of biochemistry, genetics, microbial systems, animal systems, ecological systems and global systems. (B) (WR)

ABE 3000C Applications in Biological Engineering
Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010 or equivalent.

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

ABE 3042C Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design 1
Credits: 2.

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

ABE 3062L Biological Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 2; Prereq: general biology, general chemistry and differential equations or the equivalent.

Quantitative laboratory studies of activities of biological systems, including microbial, plant and animal systems. (B)

ABE 3212C Land and Water Resources Engineering
Credits: 4; Prereq: ENV 3040C, SWS 3022, and CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C.

Introduction to hydrology, flow through porous media, flood routing, grade control structures, erosion control, irrigation and drainage.

ABE 3612C Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems
Credits: 4; Prereq: EML 3007; Coreq: ENV 3040C or CGN 3421 or ESI 4567C.

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

ABE 3652C Physical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials
Credits: 3; Prereq: CHM 2045, MAC 2313 and PHY 2048.

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

ABE 4000 Nonpoint Source Pollution Modeling
Credits: 2; Coreq: ABE 3212C.

Concepts, principles and application of modeling and monitoring for assessment and management of nonpoint source pollution. Design and implementation of monitoring systems. Concepts of modeling agroecosystems and land use impacts on hydrologic/water quality response of upland catchments. Model selection, calibration, validation and application for comparative analysis. Screening models using Geographic Information Systems. Case studies in current watershed management issues with a focus on agricultural waste and nutrient management using existing field and watershed models.

ABE 4034 Remote Sensing in Engineering: Science, Sensors, and Applications
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAP 2302 or the equivalent.

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.

ABE 4043C Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design 2
Credits: 2; Prereq: senior standing (4EG), ABE 3042C, two courses in area of specialization.

Senior capstone design project.

ABE 4171C Power and Machines for Biological Systems
Credits: 4; Prereq: EGM 3520 and EML 3007.

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, power transmission.

ABE 4231C Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Credits: 4; Prereq: ABE 3212C.

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

ABE 4303C Structural and Environmental Design
Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 2012 C and ABE 3612C.

Design and analysis of structures and environmental modification systems used in agricultural production.

ABE 4413C Post harvest Operations Engineering
Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 3612C.

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

ABE 4660 Applied Microbial Biotechnology
Credits: 3.

Principles of microbial biotechnology with emphasis on applications of microorganisms for industrial processes; e.g., energy, environmental, food, pharmaceutical and chemical.

ABE 4662 Quantification of Biological Processes
Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 2062 or BSC 2010, EGN 3353 or CWR 3201, ABE 3612C.

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.

ABE 4812 Food and BioProcess Engineering Unit Operations
Credits: 4; Prereq: ABE 3612C, CWR 3201 or EGN 3353C.

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

ABE 4905 Individual Study in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: recommendation of department chair; can be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credits in the course.

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

ABE 4912 Integrated Product and Processing Design 1 in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Credits: 3.

The 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.

ABE 4913 Integrated Product and Process Design 2
Credits: 3; Prereq: ABE 4912.

The second part of ABE4912-13 sequence.

ABE 4931 Professional Issues in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Credits: 1.

Current developments in agricultural and biological engineering, principles of agricultural and biological engineering practice, professional standards and ethics.

ABE 4932 Special Topics
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: instructor permission. Can be repeated up to a maximum of 10 credits.

Variable subject content providing for the study of agricultural engineering topics not offered in other courses.

ABE 4949 Co-op Work Experience
Credits: 1; Prereq: EG classification; one term industrial employment, including extra work according to pre-approved outline.

Practical engineering work under industrial supervision as set forth in the College of Engineering Regulations. (S-U)

AOM 4909 Honors Project
Credits: 1 to 6; Prereq: Must be admitted to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' Honor Program; 3.5 GPA or greater required; can be repeated up to 6 credits with a change in topic..

An individual special project course restricted to students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' Honors Program. Students will complete a project on a select topic, issue, or problem.

General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.