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Bioengineering (BE)

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BE 191 Introduction to Applications in Bioengineering (V) Discussion and investigation of special topics, problems and applications of Bioengineering. Pre: consent.

BE 351 Energy Conversion and Power Units (3) Fundamentals of energy conversion for engineering and biological systems. Engineering design and performance analysis of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic energy conversion and power transmission systems. Practical problems related to power unit selection and optimal performance. A-F only. Co-requisite: 351L. Pre: CHEM 171, MATH 241, MATH 251A and PHYS 170; or consent. DP

BE 351L Energy Conversion and Power Units Lab (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory experience in design and analysis of power devices and energy conversion systems. Field trips focused on field and industrial applications. A-F only. Co-requisite: 351. DY

BE 360 Mass and Energy Balances (3) Introduction of the principles of mass and energy conservation; development of systematic approaches to apply these principles in calculations for design and analysis of biochemical, chemical, and physical processes. Pre: CHEM 171, PHYS 170, MATH 242, and MATH 252A. DP

BE 401 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems (3) Introduction to analytic solution of differential equations. Modeling and computer simulation of dynamic systems encountered in bioengineering with design applications. A-F only. Pre: BIOL 171, CHEM 171, EE 160, MATH 243, MATH 253A, and PHYS 170; or consent.

BE 405 Engineering Economics (3) Economic analysis in engineering and management decision-making, interest, depreciation, income tax, cost classification, break-even analysis, economic comparisons of alternatives, benefit-cost analysis. A-F only. Pre: ECON 120 or 130, and senior standing; or consent.

BE 413 Transport Phenomena (3) Fundamental principles and applications relating to mass, momentum, and energy transfers in biosystems and other systems for engineers and scientists. Pre: CHEM 161, PHYS 170, MATH 242 or MATH 252A; or consent. DP

BE 420 Sensors and Instrumentation for Biological Systems (4) Principles of common physical and chemical sensors. Interfacing sensors to different electronic circuits and instrumentation systems. Electronic detection and quantification of biomolecules (biosensors). Applied control for biological processes. Pre: EE 160 (or concurrent) and 211; or consent.

BE 421 Bioprocess Control (3) Process control in both time and Laplace domains with an introduction to the frequency domain; selection and design of appropriate control systems for bioprocesses with consideration of the impact on the total system; identification of safety concerns in designing control systems and process equipment. Pre: 360, MATH 243, or consent.

BE 431 Environmental Biotechnology (3) Environmental impact and control; the micro-organism and its nutrition and growth conditions; microbial growth and substrate removal kinetics; bioreactors; biological treatment systems; biodegredation of xenobiotic organic chemicals; case studies. A-F only. Pre: consent. Spring only. DP

BE 437 Biosystems Unit Operations (2) Pumps and fans; size reduction; cleaning and sorting; materials handling; processing of fruits, nuts, vegetables, animals, and other bio-products. Pre: PHYS 151. DP

BE 440 Bioremediation: Principles and Practices (3) (2 Lec, 1 3-hr Lab) Soil environment, fate and transport of contaminants; microbial ecology, metabolism, and energy production; biodegradation of selected compounds. In situ treatment, solid-phase bioremediation, slurry-phase bioremediation, and vapor-phase biological treatment. Open to nonmajors. Repeatable once. Pre: 360, CHEM 161, PHYS 170, or consent. DP

BE 460 Bioreactor Design and Analysis (3) Application of mass/energy balances and reaction kinetics for the design and analysis of bioreactors for microbial, plant, and animal cell cultures. Pre: CHEM 161 and PHYS 170, or consent. DP

BE 481 Senior Engineering Design I (3) (1 1-hr Lec, 2 3-hr Lab) First of a two-semester course sequence that provides a major design experience for senior students in biosystems engineering. Design process; project management; design methods; modeling and simulation; design optimization; engineering economics; engineering statistics, initiation of an open-ended design project. Pre: 351/351L, 360, or consent. DP

BE 482 Senior Engineering Design II (3) (1 1-hr Lec, 2 3-hr Lab) Continuation of 481. Properties of biological materials; risk and reliability; design ethics; guest lectures on engineering design by practicing engineers; extension and completion of the design project with submission of a final design report. Pre: 481 or consent. DP

BE 491 Bioengineering Topics (V) Study and discussion of significant topics and problems. Offered by visiting faculty and/or for extension programs. Repeatable.

BE 492 Internship (4) Integration and application of academic knowledge and critical skills emphasizing professional development. Placement with an approved cooperating supervisor/employer. Pre: consent.

BE 499 Directed Research (V) Research in the area of biosystems engineering. Pre: consent.

BE 604 Aquaculture Systems (3) Study and review of fundamental principles and mechanisms critical to understanding and operating aquaculture systems. Engineering, business, and operating analyses. Pre: CEE 320 or CHEM 151.

BE 606 Instrumentation and Measurement (3) Measurement concepts and operating principles applied to the selection and use of instruments important to scientists and engineers dealing with biological systems, including automatic data acquisition and processing. Pre: CHEM 151, MATH 241, and ME 311; or consent.

BE 610 Advanced Food Processing Technology (3) Principles and applications of new methods of food preservation. Repeatable. Pre: FSHN 401 and FSHN 403, or equivalent; or consent. (Cross-listed as FSHN 610)

BE 622 Experimental Methods in Cause-Effect Modeling (3) Factorial designs and fractional factorial designs for screening variable and response optimization. Response surface methodology. Experimental designs appropriate to building and testing multi-variable behavior relationships. Sequential experimental designs.

BE 625 Biosensor Principles and Applications (3) Elaboration of common biochemical interactions used to quantify biological molecules, and the electrical technologies used to detect them. Discussion of the desireable properties of biosensors, miniaturization and applications related to medicine, agriculture, bioproduction and environment. Pre: consent.

BE 634 Biological Treatment (3) Fundamentals of applied microbiology and biochemical reactor engineering, quantitative description of microbial growth, operational theory and design basis of aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic treatment processes. Applications for water, wastewater, air, solid wastes, and soil. A-F only. Pre: consent. Fall only. (Cross-listed as CEE 634)

BE 635 Irrigation System Design (3) Hydraulics of surface irrigation, volume balance analysis and irrigation efficiency, optimal length of run and irrigation scheduling; sprinkler irrigation system design, distribution, and uniformity; drip irrigation system design and related problems. Pre: consent.

BE 638 Biosystems Modeling (3) Introduction to system thinking, procedures for developing system models, characteristics of important agricultural system models, computer approach to evaluation and optimization of system models. Pre: one of MATH 215, MATH 241, MATH 251A or consent. (Cross-listed as AREC 610 and GEOG 636)

BE 648 Biosystems Simulation (3) Discrete and continuous simulation models and their application in design and management of engineering and biological systems.

BE 660 Bioseparation Processes (3) Design, analysis, and scale-up of separation process that incorporates unit operations such as filtration, cell distribution, and chromatography for the purification of biological products. Pre: MATH 241 or consent. Fall only.

BE 699 Directed Research (V)

BE 700 Thesis Research (V)

BE 750 Seminar (1) Use of computer and video technology in technical presentation, review of current biosystems engineering research. Pre: consent.