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Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering B.B.E.

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 128
  • Required credits within the major: 40 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
The bioproducts and biosystems engineering curriculum provides a broad fundamental scientific and engineering background to harness the molecular building blocks of renewable resources for sustainable utilization, to design and develop biological systems, and to help improve the environment by developing solutions for environmental and natural resource issues affecting soil, water, and air. The curriculum offers three areas of specialization: bioproducts engineering, food engineering, and environmental and ecological engineering. The program produces graduates who * have a broad fundamental engineering background including mathematics, physical science, biological science and engineering science and design; * serve the engineering needs of clientele in the areas of bioproducts, bioprocessing and food, and environment and ecology; * are successfully employed in engineering jobs in industry, consulting, government, or academia; * are engaged in professional development and lifelong learning.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 10 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1272 - Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II (4.0 cr)
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Biological and Physical Sciences
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1031H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1032H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Common Core
BBE 1001 - Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Orientation (1.0 cr)
BBE 2001 - Mechanics and Structural Design (4.0 cr)
BBE 2002 - Introduction to Engineering Design (3.0 cr)
BBE 3013 - Engineering Principles of Molecular and Cellular Processes (3.0 cr)
BBE 3033 - Material and Energy Balances in Biological Systems (3.0 cr)
BBE 3043 - Biological and Environmental Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
BBE 3012 - Transport in Biological Processes I (4.0 cr)
BBE 4013 - Transport in Biological Processes II (3.0 cr)
BBE 4023W - Process Control and Instrumentation [WI] (3.0 cr)
BBE 4303 - Introduction to Bio-based Materials Science (3.0 cr)
BBE 4502W - BBE Capstone Design [WI] (4.0 cr)
STAT 3021 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Bioproducts Engineering
Chemistry
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4501 - Introduction to Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics (3.0 cr)
Emphasis Courses
BBE 1002 - Biorenewable Resources [TS] (3.0 cr)
BBE 4001 - Chemistry of Biomass and Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Products [ENV] (4.0 cr)
BBE 4301 - Applied Surface and Colloid Science (3.0 cr)
BBE 4401 - Bioproducts Engineering (3.0 cr)
BBE 4402 - Bio-based Products Engineering Lab I (1.0 cr)
BBE 4403 - Bio-based Products Engineering Lab II (1.0 cr)
BBE 4713 - Biological Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
Technical Electives
See adviser for suggestions in creating a materials focus or an energy and manufacturing focus. Take a minimum of 2 courses or 6 credits from the following: BBE 4302, BBE 4305, BBE 4404, BBE 4733, BBE 3396, BBE 4491, BBE 4900, BBE 4504W, IE 5513), (Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:BIOC 3021, CHEM 2302, CHEM 2311, CHEM 4221, MATS 3801, MATS 4214, ME 4431W, IE 5551, CE 4502)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BBE 3396 - Industry Assignment (1.0 cr)
· BBE 4302 - Biodegradation of Bioproducts (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4305 - Pulp and Paper Technology (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4404 - Biopolymers and Biocomposites Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4491 - Senior Topics: Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· BBE 4504W - Bio-based Products Development and Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4733 - Renewable Energy Technologies [TS] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4900 - Intern Reports (2.0 cr)
· IE 5513 - Engineering Safety (4.0 cr)
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2311 - Organic Lab (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4221 - Introduction to Polymer Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· MATS 3801 - Structural Characterization Lab (4.0 cr)
· MATS 4214 - Polymers (3.0 cr)
· ME 4431W - Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CE 4502 - Water and Wastewater Treatment (3.0 cr)
· IE 5551 - Production Planning and Inventory Control (4.0 cr)
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Biochemistry
BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
Emphasis Courses
BBE 3023 - Ecological Engineering Principles (3.0 cr)
Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· BBE 4523 - Ecological Engineering Design (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4533 - Sustainable Waste Management Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4535 - Assessment and Diagnosis of Impaired Waters (3.0 cr)
· BBE 5513 - Watershed Engineering (3.0 cr)
Engineering Technical Electives
Select at least 9 credits of engineering electives from: (BBE 4523, 4533, 4535, or 5513 if not taken above) BBE 4401, BBE 4713, BBE 4723, BBE 4733, CE 3202, CE 3402, CE 3501, CE 4351, CE 4502, CE 4511, CE 4512, CE 4561, CE 4562, CE 5591, IE 5513
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BBE 4401 - Bioproducts Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4713 - Biological Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4723 - Food Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4733 - Renewable Energy Technologies [TS] (3.0 cr)
· CE 3202 - Surveying and Mapping (2.0 cr)
· CE 3501 - Environmental Engineering [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· CE 4351 - Groundwater Mechanics (3.0 cr)
· CE 4502 - Water and Wastewater Treatment (3.0 cr)
· CE 4511 - Hydraulic Structures (3.0 cr)
· CE 4512 - Open Channel Hydraulics (4.0 cr)
· CE 4562 - Environmental Remediation Technology (3.0 cr)
· CE 5591 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· IE 5513 - Engineering Safety (4.0 cr)
Other Technical Electives
Select at least 9 credits with at least 1 course from (BIOL 3007W, BIOL 3407, EEB 3001, OR EBB 5601) ESPM 3603, ESPM 3606W, ESPM 3612W, ESPM 4608, ESPM 4609, FR 3131, SOIL 3416
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 3007W - Plant, Algal, and Fungal Diversity and Adaptation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3407 - Ecology (3.0 cr)
· EEB 3001 - Ecology and Society [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· EEB 5601 - Limnology (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3603 - Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3606W - Pollution Prevention: Principles, Technologies, and Practices [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3612W - Soil and Environmental Biology [WI] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4608 - Environmental and Industrial Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 4609 - Air Pollution Impacts, Management, and Ethical Challenges [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 3131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources [TS] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3416 - Plant Nutrients in the Environment (3.0 cr)
EIP
This sub-plan is optional and does not fulfill the sub-plan requirement for this program.
This option provides students with a hands-on work experience after the freshman year of the degree program. Students can take up to two semesters of intern work with one or more employers. An example may be two summers and one semester. This may be adjusted to suit individual needs. Students have an opportunity to assist in design work and apply their knowledge to practical problem solving. The experience helps students choose a career and select electives for the degree.
During the academic portion of the intern program students are expected to take a normal load of 11-13 credits. Graduation may be delayed because of the intern experience. It is important to plan ahead, since biosystems and agricultural engineering classes are usually offered only once per year, and in some cases in alternating years. Students registering for BBE 4900 must first submit a proposed plan of study with the intern coordinator.
Internship
A total of 4 BBE 4900 intern experience credits may be taken and applied toward the degree program as general engineering electives, but not as BBE electives.
BBE 4900 - Intern Reports (2.0 cr)
Food Engineering
Emphasis Courses
BBE 4402 - Bio-based Products Engineering Lab I (1.0 cr)
BBE 4713 - Biological Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
BBE 4723 - Food Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory (5.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· BBE 4401 - Bioproducts Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4533 - Sustainable Waste Management Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4733 - Renewable Energy Technologies [TS] (3.0 cr)
· IE 5441 - Financial Decision Making (4.0 cr)
· IE 5513 - Engineering Safety (4.0 cr)
Technical Electives
Select 9 credits from BBE 4401, BBE 4533, BBE 4733, IE 5513, IE 5441, if not taken above and from the following list of courses below.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BBE 4001 - Chemistry of Biomass and Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Products [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· FSCN 1102 - Food: Safety, Risks, and Technology [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 1112 - Principles of Nutrition (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 3102 - Introduction to Food Science (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 4112 - Food Chemistry and Functional Foods (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 4121 - Food Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 4332 - Food Processing Operations (3.0 cr)
 
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