2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Interim Department Head and Distinguished Professor
Lin Wei, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Raven Precision Agriculture Center 217

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, precision agriculture, 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.

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 Raven Precision Agriculture Center 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 more than 25,000 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: 79 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 110

Personal statement with a focus on area of research interest and prospective faculty to whom interest in working for the degree program.

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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