The objectives of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering graduate program are to develop and strengthen:
the ability to plan and conduct research and design involving the application of engineering science to biological and agricultural systems.
an understanding of mathematical, physical, and biological sciences that enables critical assessment of scientific literature in these and related fields.
the skills required to use precision instruments, techniques and computers in research and design.
the ability to make sound engineering and management decisions.
the ability to teach college level courses in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, particularly at the doctoral level.
Both a Plan A (Thesis) and Plan B (Non-thesis) are available.
Admission into the M.S. graduate program of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department requires the concurrence of the Department Graduate Committee, and the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Department Chair and the availability of an advisor for the student. The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Graduate Committee reviews the applicant’s three letters of recommendation, resume, statement of professional objective and transcripts with special emphasis given to the science and mathematics area. The department requires a minimum grade point average of 2.8 and a GRE score of at least 1500. An engineering B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program (or international equivalent) is generally required, however, non-engineering students may be admitted by agreeing to take additional undergraduate courses specified by the graduate committee. Exceptions to these requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the materials described above as well as GRE scores.
Graduate students will combine courses in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, other engineering fields, the physical sciences, and the biological sciences to develop a program of study that facilitates these objectives. The advanced degrees, however, are primarily research degrees awarded for significant creative research accomplishment, not for the completion of a specified number of courses. Therefore, the program normally concentrates on a strong thesis or dissertation problem completed under the supervision of the graduate faculty of the department. A design-oriented, non-thesis option is also available for the master’s degree.
Plan A minimum requirements: Complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses to include, if desired, no more than 6 credit hours of BAE 768 , and submit a Thesis.
Plan B minimum requirements: Complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses.