Description

Website: http://bsen.unl.edu/

Biological systems engineering (BSEN) is one of two engineering degree programs offered in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Biological systems engineers need to understand biological phenomena and apply engineering principles to solve challenges faced by society. To solve complex problems, a biological systems engineer needs not only to develop expertise in a specific discipline but also be prepared to work across disciplinary boundaries in diverse professional communities. As such, BSEN students develop both depth through engineering coursework in one of three emphasis areas (biomedical engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, or environmental and water resources engineering) and breadth through purposefully selected coursework in the other areas. Biological systems engineers with an emphasis in biomedical engineering might work on systems to micropropagate tissue culture, design devices for monitoring and correcting heart arrhythmias, or develop biological sensors and imaging devices for detecting diseases in humans. Biological systems engineers with an emphasis in food and bioprocess engineering might advance products and manufacturing practices through the design of equipment and processes for producing foods and biofuels. Biological systems engineers with an emphasis in environmental and water resources engineering might restore streams, lakes and wetlands; manage ecosystems; minimize nonpoint source pollution; or design systems for animal waste management.

By two to six years after graduation, BSEN alumni will share the attribute of improving the organization for which they work and the community and country in which they live. They will do this whether they are involved in biomedical engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, or other professional endeavors such as business, law, or medicine. In doing so, they will:
 

  • Provide innovative and effective solutions to problems in a variety of work environments through the use of their unique background in biological systems engineering and the biological sciences.
  • Look beyond components in isolation thereby providing holistic solutions to complex issues involving (for example) interactions at the ecosystem, organism, organ, cellular or subcellular level.
  • Think logically using appropriate elements of mathematics, science, and engineering to develop, manage, and interpret data, to correctly interpret new research findings, and to design new systems for the benefit of society.
  • Successfully integrate technical knowledge with organizational, listening, communication, and interpersonal skills to lead and work effectively in teams, and to respectfully articulate the role of engineering decisions in the workplace, community, and world.
  • Responsibly address issues such as health and safety, personal and professional ethics, cultural diversity, as well as the social, environmental, and global impacts of their work.
  • Continue their personal growth, professional development, and professional and community service through various opportunities provided by institutions, professional organizations and other venues.

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering is located in Chase Hall on East Campus. BSEN students participate in classes and laboratories on both East and City Campuses. BSEN courses are offered on East Campus. Basic courses in math, chemistry, physics, engineering sciences, computers, and electives in mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineering are taken on City Campus. Convenient bus transportation is available between campuses.

Students benefit from small classes and personal acquaintances with faculty. In consultation with their advisor, students select electives that permit specialization in an emphasis area applicable to their career aspirations. Many students work part-time on departmental research projects, gaining valuable experience for employment in industry and for graduate or professional studies. Students also benefit from summer jobs, internships and co-op programs. These opportunities give students practical experience to learn about careers in engineering. Students also gain valuable experience through participation in professional organizations such as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the Water and Environmental Federation, the Soil and Water Resources Club, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers.

Major Department Admission

Pre-professionally admitted College of Engineering (COE) students majoring in biological systems engineering (BSEN) have their records examined for advancement to professionally-admitted status during the fall, spring, and summer immediately following the term in which:
 

  • They have completed 43 credit hours applicable to the degree including 6 hours of BSEN subject coursework.
  • Are enrolled in or have completed MECH 223.
  • Have removed all admissions deficiencies, except they may be currently completing the last class to remove the foreign language deficiency.

Students must be professionally admitted in order to enroll in some upper-division courses including AGEN 470/BSEN 470 Design I in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering.

To be professionally admitted to BSEN, the student must meet the general professional admission criteria of the College of Engineering and not already have been denied admission by two other engineering majors or twice by the BSEN program, and have removed all admissions deficiencies within the first 30 hours of enrollment at Nebraska, except for the foreign language deficiency which must be completed within the first 60 hours of enrollment at Nebraska. 
 

  • Students who meet the above criteria with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater will be professionally admitted without further review.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 but less than 2.8 will have their record reviewed by Department faculty for a decision of professional admission, conditional professional admission, or denial of professional admission.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will be denied professional admission to the BSEN program.

Students who have been denied professional admission to the BSEN program once and not also been denied professional admission to another engineering program may continue taking courses in the BSEN program and will be reconsidered for professional admission again the next term. Students who have twice been denied professional admission to the BSEN program are not allowed to continue in the program.

The Department faculty may recommend conditional admission and specify deficiencies and performance criteria required to transition out of conditional status. If a student has not met the professional admission criteria and has not, in the opinion of the Department faculty, demonstrated a minimum standard of good professional judgment in the pursuit of their academic program as expected of degreed engineers, they may be denied professional admission to the degree program. The student may appeal this decision to the biological systems engineering department head and then, if necessary, to the College of Engineering Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.

The minimum requirements of the BSEN program include courses involving ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 10. Students should work with their advisor to select courses that satisfy ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, and 9.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. Mathematics – 4 units: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, and 1 of precalculus and trigonometry
  2. English – 4 units
  3. Natural sciences – 3 units that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management)
  4. Foreign language – 2 units of a single foreign language
  5. Social studies – 3 units
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at Nebraska.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another University college until they meet COE admission requirements. Students transferring from UNO, UNL, or UNK to the College of Engineering must be in good academic standing with their institution.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although the University of Nebraska–Lincoln accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Upon admission to Nebraska, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

Students who were previously admitted to COE and are returning to the College of Engineering must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be readmitted to COE.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the biological systems engineering program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The above student outcomes have been approved by the ABET Engineering Area Delegation for use beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, and have been adopted by the faculty of the Department of ­­­­­­­­Biological Systems Engineering.

Major Requirements

Specific Major Requirements

First Semester
BSEN 100 / AGEN 100Introduction to Biological Engineering and Agricultural Engineering1
CHEM 113A
CHEM 113L
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory 1
4
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
MATH 106Calculus I5
CSCE 155NComputer Science I: Engineering and Science Focus3
ENGR 100Interpersonal Skills for Engineering Leaders3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Second Semester
BSEN 112 / AGEN 112Computer-Aided Problem-Solving2
CHEM 114Fundamental Chemistry II 23
MATH 107Calculus II4
PHYS 211General Physics I4
BSEN 130Computer-Aided Design2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Third Semester
BSEN 225 / AGEN 225Engineering Properties of Biological Materials3
Select one sequence from the following:4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Biological Organic Chemistry
and Biological Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
PHYS 212General Physics II4
MATH 208Calculus III4
MECH 223Engineering Statics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Fourth Semester
BSEN 260Instrumentation I for Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering3
BSEN 244Thermodynamics of Living Systems3
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
MATH 221Differential Equations3
MECH 373Engineering Dynamics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Fifth Semester
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
MECH 310Fluid Mechanics3
or CIVE 310 Fluid Mechanics
BSEN 460 / AGEN 460Instrumentation and Controls3
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
BSEN Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Sixth Semester
BIOC 401Elements of Biochemistry3
BSEN 344 / AGEN 344Biological and Environmental Transport Processes3
Statistics Elective
Select one of the following:3
Engineering Statistics and Data Analysis
Statistics and Applications
ACE Elective:
Select one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, or 93
BSEN Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Seventh Semester
BSEN 206 / CONE 206Engineering Economics3
BSEN 470 / AGEN 470Design I in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering1
ACE Electives:
Select two courses from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, or 96
BSEN Emphasis Elective: 3
Select 3 hours3
Biological or Science Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Eighth Semester
BSEN 480 / AGEN 480Design II in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering3
ACE Elective:
Select one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, or 93
BSEN Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Engineering or Science Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Engineering Emphasis Elective:
Select 3 hours3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours127

Emphasis Area Requirements

An emphasis area requires a student to take 18 hours of engineering and science-based courses. A minimum of 15 hours must be selected from courses offered by the College of Engineering. Within the 15 hours, a minimum of 12 hours must be BSEN courses or engineering courses crosslisted with BSEN. Of the BSEN or BSEN-crosslisted courses, one must be a 300-level course of a primary emphasis area, one must be a 300-level course of a secondary emphasis area and one must be a 400-level course of a primary emphasis area. Food and Bioprocess Engineering emphasis requires BSEN 303 Principles of Process Engineering, Biomedical Engineering emphasis requires BSEN 317 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources emphasis requires BSEN 350 Soil and Water Resources Engineering and either BSEN 321 Principles to Environmental Engineering or BSEN 355 Introduction to Ecological Engineering as primary emphasis area courses.

Food and Bioprocess Engineering

BSEN 303 / AGEN 303Principles of Process Engineering3
BSEN 446 / AGEN 446Unit Operations of Biological Processing3
Select one of the following3
Biomass and Bioenergy Engineering
Bioprocess Engineering
Total Credit Hours9

Biomedical Engineering

BSEN 317Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
Select two of the following:6
Biomedical Signal and System Analysis
Rehabilitation Engineering
Medical Imaging Systems
Introduction to Biomaterials
Tissue Engineering
Total Credit Hours9

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

BSEN 350 / AGEN 350Soil and Water Resources Engineering3
Select one of the following:3
Principles to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Ecological Engineering
Select one of the following:3
Animal Waste Management
Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering
Groundwater Engineering
Wetlands
Hydroclimatology
Total Credit Hours9

Additional Major Requirements

Written Communications Requirement

Six hours of English composition (e.g., two from ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254) may be substituted for the written communications requirement (JGEN 200) in the biological systems engineering program.

Grade Rules

A grade of C- or better is required for all biological systems engineering required courses and electives that are to count toward graduation, with the exception of ACE 5, 6, 7, and 9 electives.

Catalog to Use

In addition to the “Catalog Rule” of the College of Engineering, students transferring into the Department of Biological Systems Engineering must follow the catalog in effect at the time of their transfer into the department.

BSEN100
Introduction to Biological Engineering and Agricultural EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 100

Description: Description of careers in biomedical, environmental, water resources, food and bioproducts, and agricultural engineering. The human, economic and environmental impacts of engineering in society. Communication, design, teamwork, and the role of ethics and professionalism in engineering work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BSEN112
Computer-Aided Problem-SolvingCrosslisted with AGEN 112

Prerequisites: MATH 106 or parallel.

Description: Problem solving techniques and procedures through the use of Excel, MATLAB, and graphical methods. Emphasis on problem/solution communications with topics and problems from agricultural engineering and biological systems engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

BSEN130
Computer-Aided Design

Description: Use of computer-aided design software to communicate engineering ideas. Specifications, dimensioning, tolerancing, 2- and 3-D model development, topographic mapping, and process layout with environmental, bioprocess, and biomedical emphases.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

BSEN206
Engineering EconomicsCrosslisted with CONE 206

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing

Description: Introduction to methods of economic comparisons of engineering alternatives: time value of money, depreciation, taxes, concepts of accounting, activity-based costing, ethical principles, civics and stewardship, and their importance to society.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 476, CONE 476; CONE 319; MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

BSEN225
Engineering Properties of Biological MaterialsCrosslisted with AGEN 225

Prerequisites: MATH 106

Description: 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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 324, BSEN 324

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN244
Thermodynamics of Living Systems

Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L or CHEM 114; MATH 107; PHYS 211; LIFE 120 or BIOS 101 or parallel

Description: Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics and their application to biological and environmental systems. Zeroth, first, second, and third laws; open and closed systems; enthalpy and specific heat; and Gibb's free energy and chemical potential for biological and environmental systems. Applications to biochemical potentials, water potential, absorption, osmosis, radiation, membranes, surface tension, and fugacity. Thermodynamic cycles as they apply to living systems.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 344, BSEN 344

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN260
Instrumentation I for Agricultural and Biological Systems EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 260

Prerequisites: MATH 221 or parallel

Description: Developing concepts in instrumentation relevant to agricultural and biological systems. Fundamental concepts of charge, current, voltage, impedance, power, and circuit analysis within the context of biological engineering. Introduction to sensors and their applications. Data collection using modern acquisition hardware and software. Electrical safety and effects of electricity on the human body.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN303
Principles of Process EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 303

Prerequisites: MATH 221

MECH 310 or CIVE 310 or CHME 332 is recommended as prereq or parallel.

Description: Introduction to performance parameters and characteristics of pumps, fans, presses, and solids handling, size reduction, separation and agitation equipment. Application of the various technologies studied with analysis of example systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN311
Biomedical Signal and System Analysis

Prerequisites: MATH 221; CSCE 155N or equivalent

Description: Mathematical modeling of biophysical systems. Continuous and discrete signals. Signal representation, system classification, impulse response, convolution, Fourier analysis, transfer functions, difference-equation approximations of differential equations. Basic filtering concepts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN317
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Prerequisites: PHYS 211; MATH 221 or parallel; and LIFE 120 or BIOS 101

Description: Research areas and applications related to biomedical engineering including bioelectricity, biosensors, biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, tissue engineering, biotechnology, and medical imaging. Identifying engineering methods used to develop biomedical technologies and communicating technical knowledge to a wide variety of audiences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN321
Principles to Environmental EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 321

Prerequisites: CHEM 109A/109L or 110A/110L or 111 or 113A/113L, and MATH 107

Description: Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 321L, CIVE 321L; BSEN 425, CIVE 425; CIVE 420; ENVE 322; ENVE 410; ENVE 430

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN321H
Honors: Principles of Environmental EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 321H

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation: CHEM 109A/109L or 110A/110L or 111 or 113A/113L, MATH 107

Description: Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 321L, CIVE 321L; CIVE 420; ENVE 322; ENVE 410; ENVE 430

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN321L
Environmental Engineering LaboratoryCrosslisted with CIVE 321L

Prerequisites: CIVE 321 or parallel

Description: Environmental engineering experiments, demonstrations, field trips, and projects. Experiments include the measurement and determination of environmental quality parameters such as solids, dissolved oxygen, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, and alkalinity.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BSEN324
Mechanics of Materials for Agricultural and Biological Systems EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 324

Prerequisites: AGEN/BSEN 225, MECH 223

Description: Development of the concepts of stress and strain relevant to agricultural and biological systems. Stress analysis of axial, torsional, and bending stresses, combined loading analysis, deflection evaluation, static and dynamic failure theory. Practical applications in agricultural and biological systems will be discussed.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 443

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN325
Power Systems DesignCrosslisted with AGEN 325

Prerequisites: PHYS 212 or ECEN 211 or AGEN/BSEN 260, and MECH/CIVE 310 or CHME 332 or parallel, and professionally admitted engineering student.

Description: Fundamentals of Power systems for machines. Introduction to fluid power (hydraulics, pneumatics), pumps, motors, cylinders, control devices and system design. Selection of electric motors as power sources, operating characteristics and circuits. Selection of internal combustion engines as power sources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN344
Biological and Environmental Transport ProcessesCrosslisted with AGEN 344

Prerequisites: BSEN 244 or MECH 200; MATH 221; MECH/CIVE 310 or CHME 332 or parallel

Description: Introduction to concurrent transport of energy and mass in biological and environmental processes. Modes of heat transfer, steady and non-steady state heat conduction, convective heat transfer, radiative heat transfer, and heat transfer with phase change. Equilibrium, kinetics, and modes of mass transfer, diffusion, dispersion, and convective mass transfer. Soil freezing and thawing, energy and mass balances of crops, diffusivities of membranes, photosynthesis, human and animal energy balances, and respiration.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN350
Soil and Water Resources EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 350

Prerequisites: MATH 221; and parallel: MECH 310 or CIVE 310 or CHME 332

Description: Introduction to soil and water resources and the engineering processes used to analyze watersheds. Soil water relations, evapotranspiration, precipitation, runoff, erosion, flow in natural waterways and through reservoirs, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality. Geographic information system utilized to develop maps and analyze watershed characteristics. A selected watershed is investigated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN355
Introduction to Ecological Engineering

Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L or CHEM 111 or CHEM 114; and MATH 104 or MATH 106.

Recommended: AGEN/BSEN 350 or CIVE 352 or CIVE 353 or MSYM/WATS 354; and BIOS 101 or LIFE 121 or NRES 220.

Description: Introduction to principles of ecological engineering including ecosystems ecology, river restoration, constructed wetlands, green infrastructure stormwater management, and environmental restoration. Ecological design of water and land protection practices. Includes introduction to water pollution and contaminant fate and remediation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN410
Biomechanics of Human Movement

Prerequisites: PHYS 211, MECH 223, and MECH 373

Description: Introduction to basic human movement involving kinematics, kinetics, and other quantitative analysis including linear and angular position, velocity, and acceleration. Emphasis on the muscular and skeletal systems as well as other basic human systems. Human capabilities and injuries will demonstrate the limitations of the human body.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN412
Rehabilitation EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 812

Description: Application of engineering methods to the development of assistive technology for people with injuries and disabilities. Characterization of the physical and mental capabilities of people with impairment, universal design, assistive technologies associated with seating, transportation, communication, and recreation. Integration of engineering design principles in a rehabilitation design project.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN414
Medical Imaging SystemsCrosslisted with BSEN 814

Prerequisites: BSEN 311 or ECEN 304

Description: Underlying physics, instrumentation, and signal analysis of biomedical and biological imaging modalities. MRI, X-ray, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and the human visual system. Energy-tissue interactions. Resolution, point spread function, contrast, diffraction, comparisons. Information content in images for biological systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN416
Introduction to BiomaterialsCrosslisted with BSEN 816

Prerequisites: BSEN/AGEN 225 or MECH 325; BIOC 401 or BIOC 431

Requires the evaluation of current primary literature in the field.

Description: Introduction to all types of bio-materials, metals, ceramics, polymers, and natural materials. Characterization of biomaterials, mechanical and physical properties, cell-biomaterials interactions, degradation, and host reaction to biomaterials. FDA testing and applications of biomaterials, implants, tissue engineering scaffolds, artificial organs, drug delivery, and adhesives.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 418, BSEN 818

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN418
Tissue EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 818

Prerequisites: BSEN 416/816 or equivalent

Uses case studies to demonstrate clinical implementation of engineered tissues.

Description: Introduction to engineering biological substitutes that can restore, maintain or improve organ function in therapy of diseases. Engineering methods and principles to design tissues and organs, cell and tissue biology, tissue growth and development, biomaterial scaffolds, growth factor and drug delivery, scaffold-cell interactions, and bioreactors.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN422
Pollution Prevention: Principles and PracticesCrosslisted with BSEN 822, CIVE 422, CIVE 822

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Introduction to pollution prevention (P2) and waste minimization methods. Practical applications to small businesses and industries. Legislative and historical development of P2 systems analysis, waste estimation, P2 methods, P2 economics, and sources of P2 information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN425
Process Design in Water Supply and Wastewater TreatmentCrosslisted with CIVE 425

Prerequisites: CIVE/BSEN 326 and CIVE/MECH 310.

Description: Design of unit operations and processes associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN441
Animal Waste ManagementCrosslisted with AGEN 441, AGEN 841, BSEN 841

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Description: Characterization of wastes from animal production. Specification and design of collection, transport, storage, treatment, and land application systems. Air and water pollution, regulatory and management aspects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN444
Biomass and Bioenergy EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 844

Prerequisites: Senior/graduate standing in engineering; BIOC 401 or 431

Description: Engineering processes for biomass conversion and bioenergy production. Topics include biomass chemistry, conversion reactions, current and emerging bioenergy technologies, feedstock logistics, life cycle assessment. Analysis of primary research literature required for graduate credit.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN445
Bioprocess EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 845

Prerequisites: BIOC 401 or BIOC 431; BSEN 303, BSEN 344

Description: Engineering topics related to processing of biological materials into valuable products. Enzyme kinetics, microbial kinetics, application of enzymes in industrial processes, bioreactor design, equipment scale-up, gas transfer in reactors and bioseparations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN446
Unit Operations of Biological ProcessingCrosslisted with BSEN 846, AGEN 446, AGEN 846

Prerequisites: AGEN/BSEN 225; and AGEN/BSEN 344

Description: Application of heat, mass, and moment transport in analysis and design of unit operations for biological and agricultural materials. Evaporation, drying, distillation, extraction, leaching, thermal processing, membrane separation, centrifugation, and filtration.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 935

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN453
Irrigation and Drainage Systems EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 453, AGEN 853, BSEN 853

Prerequisites: CIVE 310 or MECH 310; AGEN 344 or BSEN 344.

Description: Analytical and design consideration of evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water movement as related to irrigation and drainage systems; analysis and design of components of irrigation and drainage systems including water supplies, pumping plants, sprinkler systems, and center pivots.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 854, MSYM 854; AGEN 953

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN455
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 855, CIVE 455, CIVE 855

Prerequisites: BSEN 326/CIVE 326 or BSEN 355; AGEN/BSEN 350 or CIVE 352 as prerequisite or parallel.

Description: Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN458
Groundwater EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 858, CIVE 458, CIVE 858

Prerequisites: CIVE 352 or AGEN 350 or BSEN 350.

Description: Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement..

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 955, AGRO 955, CIVE 955, GEOL 985

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN460
Instrumentation and ControlsCrosslisted with AGEN 460, AGEN 860, BSEN 860

Prerequisites: ELEC 211 or ELEC 215 or AGEN/BSEN 260

Description: Analysis and design of instrumentation and controls for agricultural, biological, and biomedical applications. Theory of basic sensors and transducers, analog and digital electrical control circuits, and the interfacing of computers with instruments and controls. LabVIEW Programming. Emphasis on signal analysis and interpretation for improving system performance.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN468
WetlandsCrosslisted with BIOS 458, NRES 468, NRES 868, WATS 468, BSEN 868

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L and CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L, or CHEM 105 or CHEM 105A and 105L and CHEM 106 or CHEM 106A and 106L; Junior or Senior Standing.

Offered even-numbered calendar years.

Description: Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

BSEN470
Design I in Agricultural and Biological Systems EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 470

Prerequisites: Professional admission into AGEN or BSEN; and permission.

Description: Definition, scope, analysis, and synthesis of a comprehensive design problem within the areas of emphasis in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Identification of a client's engineering problem to solve, and development of objectives and anticipated results.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 480, BSEN 480

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BSEN479
HydroclimatologyCrosslisted with NRES 479, METR 479, WATS 479, NRES 879, METR 879, BSEN 879

Prerequisites: NRES 208 or METR 100 or METR/NRES 370.

Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.

Description: Interaction between earth's climate and the hydrologic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaporation, snowmelt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydrologic cycle.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BSEN480
Design II in Agricultural and Biological Systems EngineeringCrosslisted with AGEN 480

Prerequisites: BSEN/AGEN 470

Description: Definition, scope, analysis, and synthesis of a comprehensive engineering problem in an engineering area of emphasis within the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Design activity using the team approach to develop a solution.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

BSEN492
Special TopicsCrosslisted with BSEN 892

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Subject matter in emerging areas of Biological Systems Engineering not covered in other courses within the curriculum. Topics, activities, and delivery methods vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

BSEN496
Independent StudyCrosslisted with AGEN 496

Prerequisites: Permission

Topics vary.

Description: Investigation and written report on engineering problems not covered in sufficient depth through existing courses.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

BSEN499H
Honors ThesisCrosslisted with AGEN 499H

Prerequisites: Senior or junior standing, admission to the University Honors Program.

Description: Independent project which meets the requirements of the University Honors Program, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. The project should contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Written thesis and formal presentation required.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


 

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Intro Bio or Ag Eng
complete either BSEN 100 or AGEN 100
1hr
C-

Computer Science I
complete CSCE 155N
3hr
C-

ACE 4 Chemistry I
4hr
C-
Complete one set - lecture and lab.

Freshman SeminarCritical
complete ENGR 10
0hr

ACE 3 Calculus I
complete MATH 106
5hr
C

ACE 2 Interp Skills
complete ENGR 100
3hr
C-
15 HR TERM 2
Comp Aid Prob SolvCritical
complete BSEN 112, BSEN 130
4hr
C-
BSEN 112 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the second term of enrollment.

Fund Chemistry II (ACE 4)
complete 2 from CHEM 110A, CHEM 110L, CHEM 114
3hr
C-
Complete one set - lecture and lab.

Calculus II (ACE 3)Critical
complete MATH 107
4hr
C
MATH 107 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the third term of enrollment.

General Physics I (ACE 4)Critical
complete PHYS 211
4hr
C-
PHYS 211 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the third term of enrollment.
18 HR TERM 3
Engr Topics (Term 3)Critical
complete either BSEN 225 or AGEN 225
3hr
C-
BSEN 225 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the third term of enrollment.

Add Engr Topics (Term 3)Critical
complete MECH 223
3hr
C
MECH 223 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the fourth term of enrollment.

Organic Chemistry
Complete one set - lecture and lab.

Soph Eng SeminarCritical
complete ENGR 20
0hr
ENGR 20 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the fifth term of enrollment.

Physics II
complete PHYS 212
4hr
C-

Calculus IIICritical
complete MATH 208
4hr
C
16 HR TERM 4
Engr Topics (Term 4)Critical
9hr
C-
BSEN 244 and MECH 373 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the fifth term of enrollment. BSEN 260 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Life Science
4hr
C-

MATH 221
complete MATH 221
3hr
C
16 HR TERM 5
ACE 4 Life Science
4hr
C-

Engr Topics (Term 5)Critical
complete 2 from BSEN 460, AGEN 460, MECH 310, CIVE 310
6hr
C-
Complete BSEN 460 or AGEN 460 and CIVE 310 or MECH 310. BSEN 460 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the seventh term of enrollment. CIVE 310 or MECH 310 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

BSEN Emphasis Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C-
Select a course towards an Emphasis Elective.

ACE 1 Written Comm
complete 1 from ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 200
3hr
C-
Complete either ENGL 150 and 151, or ENGL 150 and 254, or ENGL 151 and 254, or JGEN 200.

Milestones
  1. Professional Admission into College.
15 HR TERM 6
Biochemistry
complete either BIOC 401 or BIOC 431
3hr
C-

Engr Topics (Term 6)Critical
complete either BSEN 344 or AGEN 344
3hr
C-
BSEN 344 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 6, 7, or 9 requirement this term.

Statistics Elective
complete either MECH 321 or STAT 380
3hr
C-

BSEN Emphasis Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C-
Select a course towards an Emphasis Elective.
16 HR TERM 7
ACE 8 Engr Topics (Trm 7)
complete BSEN 206
3hr
C-

Engr CapstoneCritical
complete either BSEN 470 or AGEN 470
1hr
C-
BSEN 470 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the seventh term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 6, 7, or 9 requirement this term.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 6, 7, or 9 requirement this term.

BSEN Emphasis Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C-
Select a course towards an Emphasis Elective.

Biological Sci Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C-
See advisor for list.
15 HR TERM 8
Engr Capstone (ACE 10)
complete either BSEN 480 or AGEN 480
3hr
C-

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 6, 7, or 9 requirement this term.

BSEN Emphasis Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
6hr
Select a course towards an Emphasis Elective.

Engr/Science Elective
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C-
See advisor for list.
Graduation Requirements
  1. 127 hours required for graduation.
  2. 2.40 GPA required for graduation.
  3. 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken at UNL/UNO.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Project Manager/Implementation Consultant, Epic - Madison WI
  • Design Engineer, ScanMed - Omaha NE
  • Process Engineer, Novozymes, Inc. - Blair NE
  • Environmental Sales Associate, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Research Associate, Mayo Clinic - Rochester MN
  • Environmental Engineering Volunteer, Peace Corps - Panama City, Panama
  • Project Engineer, Becton Dickinson - Columbus NE
  • Water Resource Engineer, HDR - Denver CO
  • Production Management Engineer, Cargill - Raleigh NC
  • Applications Engineer, National Instruments - Austin TX

Internships

  • Biological Systems Engineering Co-op, NASA - Johnson Space Center - Houston TX
  • R&D Hematology Intern, Streck - Omaha NE
  • Water Resources Intern, Olsson Associates - Lincoln NE
  • BioTDC Research and Development Intern, Cargill - Eddyville IA
  • Biological Systems Engineering Co-op Researcher, Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis MO
  • Bioenergy Research Assistant, Penn State University - State College PA
  • Environmental Science Intern, HDR - Omaha NE
  • Biomedical Engineering Summer Associate, Medtronic - Minneapolis MN
  • Project Manager Assistant, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Hydrologic Student Intern, United States Geological Survey - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics, M.S., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas TX
  • Medical Scientist Training Program/M.D. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison WI
  • Biological Systems Engineering, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Bioengineering, Ph.D. and Medical Science Training Program, Rice University - Houston TX
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln NE
  • Juris Doctor, George Washington University Law School - Washington DC
  • Bioengineering, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley - Berkeley CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University - Ames IA
  • Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D., University of Minnesota - Minneapolis MN