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majors_minors: Biological and Food Process Engineering


Biological and Food Process Engineering

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Nate Engelberth

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-3060

Advisor's Email


The need for high quality, naturally derived biological products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, and biochemicals has produced a high demand for knowledgeable, capable engineers who understand the complexity and sophistication of biological materials and who have solid engineering skills. Employment and career advancement opportunities have been excellent for graduates, not only nationally, but also internationally. Graduates who have a biological engineering degree with a major in biological and food process engineering are successful in various positions in the biological and food process industry, such as research development, process and product development, environmental corporate engineering, and management. Within the degree program, students can specialize in either food process engineering or cellular and bimolecular engineering. Technical electives vary between these two specializations and, with guidance from a faculty advisor, some course substitutions may be appropriate. Dual-degree options, including two additional required semesters, are offered with biochemistry or pharmaceutical sciences. See for updates to the following plan of study.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(2) ENGR 13100 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation I)

(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)

Total Credits: 14

Second Semester

(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(2) ENGR 13200 (Transforming Ideas to Innoviation II)

(4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)

(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)

Total Credits: 17

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(4) ABE 20100 (Thermodynamics in Biological Systems I)

(1) ABE 29000 (Sophomore Seminar)

(3) BIOL 23000 (Biology of the Living Cell)

(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)

(2) IT 22600 (Biotechnology Laboratory I)

(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus)

Total Credits: 18

Fourth Semester

(3) ABE 20200 (Thermodynamics in Biological Systems II)

(3) BCHM 22100 (Analytical Biochemsitry) or (3) FN 20500 (Food Science I)

(3) CHE 32000 (Statistical Modeling)

(3) MA 26500 (Linear Algebra)

(3) MA 26600 (Ordinary Differential Equations)

(3) General education selective*

Total Credits: 18

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) ABE 30100 (Modeling and Computational Tools in Biological Engineering)

(3) ABE 30300 (Applications of Physical Chemistry to Biological Processes)

(4) CHE 37700 (Momentum Transfer)

(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics)

(3) General education selective*

Total Credits: 16

Sixth Semester

(3) ABE 37000 (Biological/Microbial Kinetics and Reaction Engineering)

(4) ABE 45400 (Transport Processes in Biological and Food Process Systems)

(4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)

(4) CHE 37800 (Heat and Mass Transfer)

(3) General education selective*

Total Credits: 18

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(1) ABE 49000 (Professional Practice in Agricultural and Biological Engineering)

(4) ABE 55500 (Biological and Food Processing Unit Operations)

(3) Biological science or food science selective**

(3) Engineering selective**

(6) General education selectives*

Total Credits: 17

Eighth Semester

(3) ABE 46000 (Sensors and Process Control)

(4) ABE 55600 (Biological and Food Process Design)

(3) ABE 58000 (Process Engineering of Renewable Resources)

(3) Biological science or food science selective**

(3) General education selective*

Total Credits: 16

Additional Information

*Eighteen credit hours of general education selectives must be chosen in accordance with the general education document available in the Student Academic Center located in Room 201 of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building. Of the 18 credit hours, three must be economics (ECON 25100 or 25200) and three must be an additional communication selective. The plan of study must include six credits of College of Agriculture International Understanding selectives and three credits of Multicultural Awareness selectives.
**This is a restricted selective. See list of approved courses in the ABE Student Handbook. Selectives are FN 31500, FN 53400, FS 36100, FS 36200, FS 45300, FS 46700.










Created at 4/27/2009 1:44 PM by Quesada, Virginia
Last modified at 2/22/2016 11:01 AM by Lough, Kelly S