Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering

 

Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering (BASE) is a branch of engineering which integrates agricultural, biological, chemical, and engineering sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering has two options:

 

(1) Bioprocessing and Food Engineering

(2) Natural Resources Conservation Engineering

The program provides the students with a strong background in engineering fundamentals by incorporating a series of engineering science courses offered through the College of Engineering. It then provides a professional focus by combining courses in agricultural, biological and chemical engineering. Graduates of the program are prepared for graduate studies in science and engineering, professional studies and/or for work as engineers in industry and government, solving complex engineering problems or designing products and processes.

BASE focuses on solving current problems related to natural resource management and conservation as well as biological and agricultural production and processes. The 128 semester hour curriculum provides BASE students the opportunity to choose one of two major emphasis areas, natural resource conservation engineering or bioprocessing and food engineering. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in private industry, consulting, government agencies (including local, state, and federal government agencies such as USDA and EPA), graduate programs, medicine and many other fields.

 

ABET ACCREDITATION

The B.S. degree for the Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering (BASE) program  is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, INC.  (http://www.abet.org)

 

Program Educational Objectives

The BASE program will produce:

·         Graduates who are successful in graduate or professional study in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and related fields;

·         Graduates who are successful practitioners in the engineering profession at all levels (e.g. engineering design, management, consulting,       engineering education etc.);

·         Graduates who are capable of operating in the global arena to meet societal needs for agricultural, biological, and natural resource systems; and

·         Graduates who have a sense of professional and societal responsibility.

 

Student Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the BASE program at FAMU are mapped directly to those with ABET (a-k), which are as follows:

a)    an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in a broad area of Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering;

b)    an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data related to Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering;

c)    an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

d)    an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e)    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f)     an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g)    an ability to communicate effectively;

h)    the broad education necessary to understand the impact of biological and agricultural engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i)      a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j)      a knowledge of contemporary issues in Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering; and

k)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 
 
STUDENT DATA

 

Student Enrollment

Term

Female

Percent

Male

Percent

Total

Fall 2012

10

10%

15

60%

25

Fall 2011

8

32%

17

68%

25

 

Graduation Data

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

1

3

2

1

4