2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.)


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Distinguished Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Engineering 107, Box 2120
605-688-5661

Program Information

Graduate work in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering leads to Master of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences degrees.

Students who undertake graduate studies in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in agricultural, environmental and biological systems. Graduate studies improve the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem solving.

The department offers students an opportunity to undertake research and advanced study in specialization areas such as food and biomaterial processing, physical properties of biological materials, natural resource engineering, structures, indoor environment, waste management and machine design.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct Research or Design: Conduct research and/or design projects that demonstrate an ability to model, analyze, and design agricultural and biosystems engineering processes and systems.
  • Understand the principles of agricultural and biosystems engineering: The student will articulate a solid understanding of fate fundamental principles of agricultural and biosystems engineering, including the area of specialization and supporting areas.
  • Communicate effectively: The student will demonstrate an ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, technical information in an effective manner. (Communication Skills)

Course Delivery Format

The program engages students in lecture, laboratory, and in hands-on, field-based learning experiences.

Facilities and Services

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department is housed in the Agricultural Engineering Building. The entire building is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and outreach projects that support the engineering needs of production agriculture, natural resource conservation, and value-added processing of the food and fiber produced in the region and nationally. Additional research and outreach projects take place at multiple field locations in the region. There are almost 17,000 square feet of space dedicated to industry-sponsored student design projects and cutting edge research, including a full fabrication shop and a computer lab to support these efforts. The department is also home to the South Dakota Water Resources Institute (SDWRI), dedicated to the proper stewardship of the state’s water resources.

Student Engagement and Support Opportunities

Many students participate in activities such as internships and research projects. Other ABE opportunities are available via our student branch of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). In addition, engineering opportunities are available via organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and others. The most outstanding students are honored by induction into the ABE honorary society of Alpha Epsilon, Agricultural honorary society of Gamma Sigma Delta and engineering honor societies such as Tau Beta Pi.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours

Core Requirements


ABE Electives


Credits: 9

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B)


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 550 paper-based, 79 Internet-based
IELTS: 5.5

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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