• Congressman Al Lawson and CAFS students at the Farmer's Roundtable event. 
  • Harambee Festival - Learning about insects. 
  • Dr. Mbuya explaining the importance of water quality and the impacts of contamination. 
  • Goat meat cooking demonstration conducted by Cooperative Extension. 
  • CAFS Living Learning Students(LLC) students inspecting bee colonies. 

Course Descriptions


ABE 1010-Introduction to Biological Systems Engineering (BSE)-2 Credits--An introduction of mathematical and engineering concepts utilized in food and agricultural systems design. The course includes exercises in problem solving and standard engineering computing techniques.

ABE 2001 L-Introduction to Computer Applications-3 Credits-ABE 1010 and MAC 2311 or permission-This laboratory course provides hands-on experience with computer application packages for development of problem solving and design skills. The course covers the use of spreadsheets, Matlab and Mathcad for problem solving, data analysis, numerical methods and statistics, and the use of SolidWorks and/or AutoCad software packages for engineering systems design.

ABE 3013-Introduction to Design Analysis-3 Credits-ABE 2001L and  MAC 2312 or permission-Introduction to modeling of mass and energy balances and rate equations.  Statistical analysis of experimental data, curve fitting and presentation of experimentally derived data.

ABE 3014L-Process Modeling for Bio and Agr Systems Engineers-3 Credits-ABE 3013-In this course, students will use modeling techniques to study different biological systems. The course is a lab Format with focus on separation science, reactor kinetics and mass transfer. Emphasis will be placed on the development of basic understanding for defining and Evaluation interrelationships of parameters in Biological Systems. this course is the second in a part two series

ABE 3212C-Natural Resources Conservation Engineering-4 Credits-SWS 3022 and CWR 3201 or permission-Natural resources utilization and engineering; hydrology, plant-water-air-soil relationships, soil erosion, erosion best management practices , GIS (geographic information systems), channel flow, pipe flow, irrigation and drainage.

ABE 3613C-Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological and Food Engineering-3 Credits-ABE 2001L; EML 3100 and MAP 2302-Transport phenomena, steady and unsteady state heat conduction, radiation. Free and forced convection, mass transfer, psychometrics, thermodynamics of biological processes

ABE 3650-Engineering Properties of Biological Materials-3 Credits-BSC 101 and PHY 2049 or permission-Physical properties important to the design of harvesting, storage, and processing systems for agricultural crops; principles and techniques for measurement of properties including  frictional effects, particle size, strength, moisture content, specific heat, and thermal conductivity.

ABE 4030-Instruments for Agricultural and Biological Systems-3 Credits-EEL 3003 and  MAC 3313-Overview of modern instrumentation techniques in agricultural and biological engineering systems. Emphasis is on laboratory use of the equipment. Topics include performance characteristics of instruments, analog signal conditioning, transducer theory and applications, and digital systems for data acquisition control

ABE 4042-Senior Capstone Design I-2 Credits-ABE 2001L, MAP 2302, MAS 3105, ABE 3013, Senior Standing and FE Application-Capstone design experience. The first of two senior design courses, this course prepares students to complete a real-world design problem, which culminates in Senior Design II (ABE 4043). This first course emphasizes design concepts of engineering problems including identification of problem and problem objectives, specifications, prior art, modeling and analysis. In addition, the students will have oral and written exercises in engineering ethics, safety and quality control, national and international standards, project management, and designing for sustainability. A written and orally presented design proposal for the selected team project is required. Students must be within 32 credits of completion of the BASE degree.


ABE 4043-Senior Capstone Design II-2 Credits-ABE 4042-Second semester continuation of the capstones design experiences, is the completion of the team project assigned in ABE 4042. A design notebook, weekly reports, a safety and quality assessment, sustainability analysis, final report and oral presentation are required. Student teams are also required to submit the final design to one of the design competitions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

ABE 4224-Non-Point Source Pollution-3 Credits-ABE 2001L and CWR 4101  or permission-Introduction to the chemical and physical processes involved in contaminant transport. Watershed modeling applications to characterize watersheds, identify contaminant sources, and evaluate alternatives for contaminant control. 

ABE 4232-Water Management System Design-3 Credits-ABE 3212C or permission-To acquaint the student with the science and design of drainage, irrigation, rural water supply and rural sanitation systems.  There will be an integration of economic, environmental, and social considerations into the various design projects.

ABE 4612-Environmental Modifications and Controls-3 Credits-EML 3100 and CWR 3201 or permission-Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, psychometrics and solar radiation, and their interactions with animals and plants in controlled environments.  Application of fundamental principles to the design of animal and plant production structures and other intensively managed biological systems.

ABE 4651-Biomass Conversion Processes for Energy and Chemicals-3 Credits-CHM 1045, BSC 1011-There are a variety of physical and biological processes available for converting plants and other biomass resources into energy, industrial chemicals, and foods.  The design is accomplished through fusing concepts from biochemistry, microbiology, and plant biology with the concepts and methods of engineering.  There are four components of this  course: plants as biochemical resources, heat and mass transfer, enzyme catalysis, and fermentation kinetics.  Each component concludes with a case study that demonstrates how the scientific concepts and methods are used to design a biomass conversion process.

ABE 4661-Biochemical Engineering-3 Credits-MCB 3010, MAP 2301, ABE 4812 and EML 3100-Use of microorganisms and enzymes for the production of chemical feedstock, therapeutic proteins, antibiotics and other fermentation productions.  Topics include kinetics and energetic of microbial metabolism, design and analysis of reactors for microbial growth and enzyme catalyzed reactions, and consideration of scale-up, mass transfer, and sterilization during reactor design.

ABE 4701-Agricultural Waste Management Engineering-3 Credits- BSC 1011, CHM 1045, or Permission.  -Sources and descriptions of wastes from livestock, food processing, and domestic refuse.  Waste is characterized by physical, biological, microbiological and chemical properties.  Details practices of collections, storage, treatment (aerobic and anaerobic), and utilization/disposal.  The environmental effects of land application, and other disposal practices is included.

ABE 4812-Food and Bioprocessing Engineering-3 Credits-ABE 3013, ABE 3612C, CWR 3201-An analysis of the most common unit operations utilized in the processing of food products.  The principles of heat and mass transfer associated with processing operations will be used in defining process systems for drying, refrigeration, etc.