Courses

BENG 2632. Biological Engineering Design Studio (Fa). 2 Hours.

Application of the engineering design process to projects involving living systems. Projects are team-based open-ended design with hands-on construction and testing of design prototypes. Emphasis is placed on understanding, quantifying and controlling complex interacting living systems involving humans, animals, plants and microbes with the goal of creating economically and ecologically sustainable systems. 4 hours of design studio per week. Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 2054 and BIOL 1543 and BIOL 1541L, and (GNEG 1111 or GNEG 1103).

BENG 2643. Biological Engineering Methods I (Sp). 3 Hours.

Introduction to software techniques for the graphical and geo-spatial representation of processes, structures, devices, landscapes and watersheds in biological engineering. Process layout and process flow diagrams. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional scale drawings and models. Elements of engineering drawings and plans. Mapping and introduction to geographic information systems. Surface topography, digital elevation modeling, spatial land use, soils and other GIS data sources. Stream networks, watershed delineation, grade planning and introductory runoff modeling. Introductory land surveying. Geo-referencing and integrating designed hydrologic structures with GIS-based site maps. Communicating complex designed systems. Two hours of lecture plus one 3-hour lab per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2054.

BENG 3113. Measurement and Control for Biological Systems (Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of sensors, instruments, measurements, controls, and data acquisition systems, with emphasis on applications for biological systems; including basic circuit analysis, sensor calibration and hardware selection. Basic process monitoring and control methods, including hardware and software. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2074.

BENG 3113H. Honors Measurement and Control for Biological Systems (Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of sensors, instruments, measurements, controls, and data acquisition systems, with emphasis on applications for biological systems; including basic circuit analysis, sensor calibration and hardware selection. Basic process monitoring and control methods, including hardware and software. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: PHYS 2074 and honors candidacy.

This course is equivalent to BENG 3113.

BENG 3603. Metrics for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Fa). 3 Hours.

Analysis of productive agricultural systems necessary to meet expanding demand worldwide for food, feed, fiber and fuel while preserving critical ecosystem services to avoid future catastrophic failures of the biosphere. Characterization of sustainable systems using well-defined metrics, indicators and indices, including reference to sustainability certifications. Metrics for soil, water, atmosphere and biodiversity. Applications in crop and animal production with scales from field to watershed to eco-region. Examining the process and methodologies of integrating metrics into indices to support sustainable supply chain decisions. Discussion of life cycle analyses and current initiatives toward approaching agricultural systems sustainability. Technical course intended for students in agriculture, biology, business, engineering, and environmental sciences.

This course is cross-listed with CSES 3603.

BENG 3653. Global Bio-Energy Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours.

Global energy sources with a focus on renewable energy, solar and biomass derived fuels. Biomass energy production from crops and organic residues or waste products. Conversion of biomass to usable fuels. Utilization of renewable energy in society. Includes detailed systems analyses to examine inputs, efficiencies, usable outputs and by-products. Systems design to select and integrate components which meet client needs while maximizing sustainable global impacts. Three hours of lecture per week. Pre- or Corequisite: MEEG 2403 or CHEG 2313.

BENG 3663. Biological Engineering Methods II (Fa). 3 Hours.

Modeling biological processes to predict system behavior as part of the design process. Development and use of spreadsheets and script programming code to represent biological phenomena and processes. Introduction to experimental design as applied to biological processes, including data collection and analysis, and elementary statistics. Use of engineering economics to aid comparisons of alternatives. Analysis of engineering designs and management practices to best meet the needs of society and the client in areas of sustainable water, food and energy systems. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 2054 and MATH 2564.

BENG 3723. Unit Operations in Biological Engineering (Sp). 3 Hours.

Design of basic unit operations typical of biological engineering practice; unit operations include pump-pipe, fan-duct, moist air (psychrometric) processes (cool/heater/humidifier/dryer), air mixing, aeration, and refrigeration; unit operations design will account for unique constraints imposed by biological systems. Lecture 2 hours and lab 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: (MEEG 2403 or CHEG 2313) and (CVEG 3213 or CHEG 2133 or MEEG 3503).

BENG 3733. Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems (Fa). 3 Hours.

Basic principles governing transport of energy and mass. Estimating transfer of energy (heat) through solid bodies and liquid/gas boundary layers through conduction, convection, and radiation. Modeling the rates at which biological reactions occur (kinetics). Estimating the transfer of diffusing mass (gas or liquid) through solid bodies and liquid/gas boundary layers, including processes such as drying and oxygen diffusion. Three hours lecture per week. Pre- or Corequisite: (CVEG 3213 or MEEG 3503 or CHEG 2133.) Prerequisite: (MEEG 2403 or CHEG 2313) and MATH 2584.

BENG 4123. Biosensors & Bioinstrumentation (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of biologically based sensing elements and interfacing techniques. Design and analysis methods of biosensing and transducing components in bioinstrumentation. Applications of biosensors and bioinstrumentation in bioprocessing, bioenvironmental, biomechanical and biomedical engineering. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: BIOL 2013 or BIOL 2533 and BENG 3113.

BENG 450V. Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-4 Hour.

Selected problems in biological engineering are pursued in detail. Prerequisite: senior standing. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

BENG 451VH. Honors Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Honors thesis. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy.

BENG 452V. Special Topics in Biological Engineering (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Special topics in biological engineering not covered in other courses. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of degree credit.

BENG 4663. Sustainable Biosystems Designs (Sp). 3 Hours.

Process and methodologies associated with measuring, assessing, and designing sustainable systems in water, energy and food. Quantitatively rigorous methodology for life cycle analysis (LCA) for inventory, assessment and impact analyses. Use of other systems analyses and process control theory to evaluate and design sustainable systems. Application of the methods to a project to gain experience in defining, quantifying and utilizing sustainable metrics. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BENG 3653.

BENG 4703. Biotechnology Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to biotechnology topics ranging from principles of microbial growth, mass balances, bioprocess engineering as well as emerging principles in the design of biologically based microbial and enzymatic production systems. Application areas such as biofuels, and fine and bulk chemical production. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BENG 2632. Corequisite: Lab component.

BENG 4743. Food and Bio-Product Systems Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours.

Sustainable bio-product engineering through biosystem design, analysis, modeling, control, and optimization. Life cycle phases for bio-products (food, fiber, feed, and fuel). System analysis of inputs and outputs of energy, water and mass for the purpose of producing and processing biomass for human uses. Advanced bio-process design topics to utilize enzymes, cells, tissues and organisms to create bio-products and methods for deactivating biological agents to preserve the quality and safety of food and other bio-products. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: BENG 3723 and BENG 3733.

BENG 4753L. Nanotechnology Laboratory (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides students with hands-on experience in several major areas of nanotechnology, including nanoscale imaging, synthesis of nanomaterials, nanostructure assembly and manipulation, device and system integration, and performance evaluation. Students can earn credit for only one of the following courses: MEEG 4323L, BENG 4753L, BMEG 4103L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L. Corequisite: Drill component, junior standing and instructor consent. Prerequisite: MATH 2564, PHYS 2074, CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1133.

This course is cross-listed with MEEG 4323L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L.

BENG 4753M. Honors Nanotechnology Laboratory (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides students with hands-on experience in several major areas of nanotechnology, including nanoscale imaging, synthesis of nanomaterials, nanostructure assembly and manipulation, device and system integration, and performance evaluation. Students can earn credit for only one of the following courses: MEEG 4323L, BENG 4753L, BMEG 4103L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L. Corequisite: Drill component, junior standing and instructor consent. Prerequisite: MATH 2564, PHYS 2074, CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1133.

This course is cross-listed with MEEG 4323L, CHEM 4153L, PHYS 4793L.

BENG 4812. Senior Biological Engineering Design I (Fa). 2 Hours.

Initiation of comprehensive two-semester team-design projects to design processes, devices and systems to meet needs of clients in sustainable water, food and energy. Practice in following the design process, including the definition of design objectives and constraints, establishing functions and performance criteria, generating alternatives and evaluating alternatives through analysis, modeling and prototype testing; exploring relevant design considerations including performance, efficiency, costs, environmental impacts, sustainability and stewardship, safety and ethics. Developing analytic capability; and practicing design optimization to find best alternative for the client. Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Corequisite: Lab component.

BENG 4823. Senior Biological Engineering Design II (Sp). 3 Hours.

Completion of comprehensive two-semester team-design projects to design processes, devices and systems to meet needs of clients in sustainable water, food and energy. Focus on building of prototypes or models, system optimization, evaluation and improvement. Final design details packaged to meet the needs of the client. Interaction with appropriate persons from other disciplines. Written and oral reporting. Communications with peers, supervisor, clients and the public. Lecture 1 hour per week, two 2-hour lab periods per week. Prerequisite: BENG 4812. Corequisite: Lab component.

BENG 4831. Biological Engineering Professionalism (Fa). 1 Hour.

Preparation to be job-ready, employable and successful in transition to a professional career and further study in Biological Engineering. Introduction to job and graduate study searches. Professional and ethical responsibilities; professional registration. Conflict, change and project management. Effective communications and interactions with supervisors, peers, clients, and stakeholders. Two hour discussion section per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

BENG 4933. Sustainable Watershed Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides students with expertise in using advanced tools in watershed monitoring, assessment, and design. Builds on core competencies in hydrology and hydraulics to allow student to evaluate water used by sector in water management regions; evaluate and quantify water demands by sector with emphasis on irrigation; develop risk-based simulations of hydrologic processes, including precipitation, evapo-transportation, infiltration, runoff, and stream flow; quantify and simulate constituent loading to watersheds using GIS-based models, and understand the applications of these methods in water resource management policy. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: CVEG 3223.

BENG 500V. Advanced Topics in Biological Engineering (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Special problems in fundamental and applied research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

BENG 5103. Advanced Instrumentation in Biological Engineering (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Applications of advanced instrumentation in biological systems. Emphasis on updated sensing and transducing technologies, data acquisition and analytical instruments. Lecture 2 hours, lab 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: BENG 3113.

BENG 5253. Bio-Mems (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Topics include the fundamental principles of microfluidics, Navier-Stokes Equation, bio/abio interfacing technology, bio/abio hybrid integration of microfabrication technology, and various biomedical and biological problems that can be addressed with microfabrication technology and the engineering challenges associated with it. Lecture 3 hour per week. Prerequisite: MEEG 3503 or CVEG 3213 or CHEG 2133.

This course is cross-listed with MEEG 5253.

BENG 5303. Fundamentals of Biomass Conversion (Fa). 3 Hours.

Web-based overview of the technology involved in the conversion of biomass to energy, including associated sustainability issues. Overview of biomass structure and chemical composition; biochemical and thermochemical conversion platforms; issues, such as energy crop production related to water consumption and soil conservation. Further topics include: biomass chemistry, logistics and resources; biological processes; and thermochemical processes. Two web-based lectures/meetings per week. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent.

BENG 5313. Fundamentals of Bioprocessing (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course covers the fundamentals of mass and energy balances, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, as applied to Bioprocessing. The microbial growth, kinetics and fermenter operation as applicable to Bioprocessing will be covered in this course. Industrial Bioprocessing case studies that involve the integration of the course contents will be discussed. This course is offered on-line in collaboration with the AG*IDEA consortium of land grant universities. The principal instructor will be a non-UA faculty member at a participating university. Prerequisite: MATH 2554, CHEM 3813, and PHYS 2054.

BENG 5323. Bioseparations (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Study of separations important in food and biochemical engineering such as leaching, extraction, expression, absorption, ion exchange, filtration, centrifugation, membrane separation, and chromatographic separations. This course is offered on-line in collaboration with the AG*IDEA consortium of land grant universities. The principal instructor will be a non-UA faculty member at a participating university. Prerequisite: Instructor Consent.

BENG 5333. Biochemical Engineering (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

The analysis and design of biochemical processing systems with emphasis on fermentation kinetics, continuous fermentations, aeration, agitation, scale up, sterilization, and control. This course is offered on-line in collaboration with the AG*IDEA consortium of land grant universities. The principal instructor will be a non-UA faculty member at a participating university. Prerequisite: Instructor Consent Required.

BENG 5343. Advanced Biomass Thermochemical Conversion (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Advanced study, evaluation, and application of thermochemical conversion pathways in biofuel production. Specific topics include biomass gasification, pyrolysis, liquefaction, and heterogeneous catalysts. This course is offered on-line in collaboration with the AG*IDEA consortium of land grant universities. The principal instructor will be a non-UA faculty member at a participating university.Prerequisite: Instructor Consent.

BENG 5351. Sustainability Seminar (Su). 1 Hour.

Topics in environmental sustainability, green engineering, life cycle analysis, sustainable development and sustainability science. This course is offered on-line in collaboration with the AG*IDEA consortium of land grant universities. The principal instructor will be a non-UA faculty member at a participating university. Prerequisite: CHEM 1123.

BENG 5613. Simulation Modeling of Biological Systems (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Application of computer modeling and simulation of discrete-event and continuous-time systems to solve biological and agricultural engineering problems. Philosophy and ethics of representing complex processes in simplified form. Deterministic and stochastic modeling of complex systems, algorithm development, application limits, and simulation interpretation. Emphasis on calibration, validation and testing of biological systems models for the purposes of system optimization, resource allocation, real-time control and/or conceptual understanding. Prerequisite: AGST 4023 or STAT 4003 or INEG 2313.

BENG 5623. Life Cycle Assessment (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course will examine the process and methodologies associated with life cycle analysis (LCA). The course will explore the quantitatively rigorous methodology for life cycle inventory (LCI), LCA and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). This course is offered on-line. The principal instructor will be a UA faculty member.

BENG 5633. Linkages Among Technology, Economics and Societal Values (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Addresses how macro-level change is influenced by the linkages among technology, economics and societal values. Three major course initiatives: 1) Developing a conceptual model for understanding how macro-level change has occurred over history; 2) Examining recorded history in order to develop a contextual appreciation for Society's current situation; and 3) Using statistical data to identify six overriding world trends that are likely to greatly impact society's goal of achieving sustainable prosperity and well-being in the foreseeable future. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.

This course is cross-listed with OMGT 5633.

BENG 5703. Design and Analysis of Experiments for Engineering Research (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Principles of planning and design of experiments for engineering research. Propagation of experimental error. Improving precision of experiments. Analysis of experimental data for optimal design and control of engineering systems using computer techniques. Students must have an introductory background in statistics. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

BENG 5733. Advanced Biotechnology Engineering (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Applications of the principles of bioprocess/biochemical engineering to microbiological and biomedical problems. Topics include applied enzymology, metabolic engineering, molecular genetics and control, and bioinformatics and nanobiotechnology in addition to classical applied enzyme and cell-growth kinetics and advanced bioreactor design. Prerequisite: BENG 3733 or BENG 4703 or BENG 5743 or equivalent.

BENG 5743. Biotechnology Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to biotechnology topics ranging from principles of microbial growth, mass balances, bioprocess engineering as well as emerging principles in the design of biologically based microbial and enzymatic production systems. Application areas such as biofuels, and fine and bulk chemical production. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Students may not earn credit for both BENG 5743 and BENG 4703. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Corequisite: Lab component.

BENG 5801. Graduate Seminar (Sp). 1 Hour.

Reports presented by graduate students on topics dealing with current research in biological engineering. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BENG 5923. Nonpoint Source Pollution Control and Modeling (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Control of hydrologic, meteorologic, and land use factors on nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in urban and agricultural watersheds. Discussion of water quality models to develop NPS pollution control plans and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), with consideration of model calibration, validation, and uncertainty analysis. Prerequisite: CVEG 3223.

BENG 5933. Environmental and Ecological Risk Assessment (Sp). 3 Hours.

Process and methodologies associated with human-environmental and ecological risk assessments. Environmental risk assessments based on human receptors as endpoints, addressing predominantly abiotic processes. Ecological risk assessments based on non-human receptors as endpoints. Approach using hazard definition, effects assessment, risk estimation, and risk management. Application of methods to student projects to gain experience in defining and quantifying uncertainty associated with human perturbation, management and restoration of environmental and ecological processes.

BENG 5953. Ecological Engineering Design (Fa). 3 Hours.

Design of low impact development techniques to enhance ecological services, reduce peak runoff, and capture sediments, nutrients and other pollutants resulting from urban development. Techniques may include: bio-swales, retention basins, filter strips. Design of sustainable ecological processes for the treatment and utilization of wastes/residues. Techniques may include: direct land application to soils/crops, composting systems, lagoons and constructed wetlands. Design goals include optimization of ecological services to maintain designated uses of land, water and air; including enhancement of habitat for wildlife and recreation, and the discovery of economically viable methods for co-existence of urban and agricultural land uses. Lecture 3 hours per week. Students may not earn credit for both BENG 5953 and BENG 4923.

BENG 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Graduate standing required for enrollment.

BENG 700V. Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-18 Hour.

Candidacy is required for enrollment.