2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Van Kelley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Engineering 107

Program Information

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is the science of engineering applied to the products and processes of agriculture and related industries. Design projects solicited from industry provide students with relevant “real world” design experience.  This provides hands on learning in variety of technical areas such as natural resource management, irrigation and drainage, water resources development, machine dynamics and design, precision agriculture, agricultural power, properties and processing of biological materials, environmental control for livestock, indoor air quality, structures, control and disposal of agricultural wastes, computers, or instrumentation. To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, students must have an average grade of “C” or better in courses taken and required in the ABE curriculum and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

  • To produce engineers that become competent in methods of analysis involving use of mathematics, fundamental physical and biological sciences, engineering sciences, and the computer skills needed for the practice of agricultural and biosystems engineering.
  • To produce engineers that develop design skills, including the ability to think creatively, to formulate problem statements, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information, and to evaluate and implement problem solutions.
  • To produce engineers that become capable of addressing issues of ethics, safety, professionalism, cultural diversity, globalization, environmental impact, and social and economic impact in engineering practice.
  • To produce engineers that will contribute to agricultural profitability though the development, adaptation, and proper use of improved and safer engineering technologies, production systems, and management practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program will have:

  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 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.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

The undergraduate Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET is a federation of 32 professional societies representing applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.  Most state licensing boards and certification programs require graduation from an ABET-accredited program as the first step in the registration or certification process for professional practice. Additionally, the Fundamentals in Engineering examination is required for becoming a registered Professional Engineer. For more details on dates, time and location, go to the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions website.

Course Delivery Format

The ABE program engages students in lecture, laboratory, and field based learning experiences.  Senior students are members of design teams which design, build, test and demonstrate engineered products and processes.

Requirements for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Major: 130 Credits

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements


The elective program for each student must be approved by the advisor and will include 14-15 credit hours of technical electives, at least 6 credits from 300 or above level courses in the College of Engineering. Credits: 14-15

Total Required Credits: 130

Curriculum Notes

1Required to receive a “C” or better in ENGL 277.
2Technical elective credit not given for both CEE/CM 482 and EE 422.
3Students must take these courses, with the exception that they may choose to replace one of these four Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering courses with four additional technical elective credits (300 or higher in the College of Engineering) in addition to the basic technical elective requirements.

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 33 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 82-83 Credit Hours
Electives** 14-15 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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