Students Without An Engineering Undergraduate Degree

The Agricultural Systems Management and the Biological Engineering and Technology areas of specialization are open to students with strong science backgrounds who may not have an undergraduate engineering degree.  Their degrees will not be “engineering” degrees, unless they take the engineering courses described below. 

Students without a BS in engineering may be able to take remedial engineering courses in order to meet the guidelines for an engineering degree. Applicants with BS degrees from non-engineering or non-accredited programs who possess undergraduate GPA's greater than 3.5 may be admitted to provisional status while completing credit for a minimum of 15 credit hours of remedial undergraduate engineering courses from five categories listed below. Some areas of study may require more as agreed upon by the applicant and the Major Professor, and approved by ABE Graduate Program Committee. Credit for these remedial courses may be applied from equivalent courses from the applicant’s BS degree, subject to approval by the Major Professor and the ABE Graduate Program Committee. The selection of courses from the five categories is left to the student subject to the approval of the student’s Major Professor and Advisory Committee. The equivalent of two semesters of engineering physics and four semesters of mathematics (through differential equations) are prerequisites for the engineering courses and must be considered part of the remedial coursework if the applicant's background does not include them. Two suggested remedial course plans of study are given below:

Agricultural & Biological Engineering:
1.       Engineering Statics (ME 270 or equivalent)
2.       Engineering Dynamics (ME 274 or equivalent)
3.       Thermodynamics (ABE 210, ME 200, or equivalent)
4.       Fluid Mechanics (ME 309, CE 340, or equivalent) -- also known as Hydraulics, Momentum Transfer
5.       Mechanics of Materials (CE 273, or equivalent) -- also known as Strength of Materials
 
Biological and Food Process Engineering:
1.      Thermodynamics (ABE 201/202, CHE 205/211, or equivalent)
2.      Fluid Mechanics (CE 340, CHE 377, or equivalent) -- also known as Hydraulics, Momentum Transfer (CE 340 not recommended if CHE 378 will be taken)  
3.      Mechanics of Materials (ABE 303 or equivalent) – also known as Properties of Materials
4.      Heat and Mass Transfer (CHE 378 or equivalent)
5.      Kinetics and Reaction Engineering (ABE 301/370 or equivalent).


Depending upon the applicant’s background and work experience, completion of at least one 400 or 500-level engineering design course is required, and a senior capstone engineering design class (ABE 485 or ABE 556) is strongly encouraged.