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ENGR 102B - Microcomputing Applications

Introduction to engineering design process, effective team participation and career preperation.  Studetn are expected to participate in hands-on design projects, understand the nature of engineering design challenges and intiate development of the personal and management skills necessary for lifelong learning.

Offered in: Fall & Spring

Prerequisites: College of Engineering Major, pre- or so-requisite of MATH 122B, 124, 125, 129, 223, 250A, 250B, or 254

Units: 2.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  120 - Microcomputing Applications

Introduction to computer concepts, file management, and Microsoft windows operating systems. In addition students will be taught the use of Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations for business application.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  170A1 - Basic Concepts in Water-Related Applications

This course develops an understanding of natural science concepts and ideas and how they can be used to understand and analyze processes and objects in the every day world. Water is a central theme. Students examine how it is obtained, stored, distributed, used, polluted, and cleaned. They learn to estimate its quality, quantity, energy, and movement. It is a broad introductory course.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer 1

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE  170A2 - Science, Technology and Environment
The scientific method, technology, motion, energy, gases, heat, chemistry, electricity and magnetism are covered in class lectures. In laboratories, students will use physical principles to assess environmental problems and technology: e.g., CAP water, air pollution, solar cookers, and water use in the arid southwest.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Winter

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE  193 – Internship
Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Offered in: Fall & Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 - 3.00

Online: No


ABE  199 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall & Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 - 3.00

Online: No


ABE  201 - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
This course provides an introduction biosystems engineering with emphasis on biological laboratory skills and basic fabrication, foundations of modeling biological processes, team work and professional skills, and the societal and global context in which the profession is practiced.  Discussion topics include internship opportunities, professionalism, engineering ethics, and the impact of engineering on society.  Laboratory exercises include renewable energy production, device design and fabrication, and biological sensing.  Presentations, discussions, and writing exercises will provide communication experiences.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 124

Units: 2.00

Online: No

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ABE  205 - Engineering Analytic Computer Skills

Introduction to Excel, Visual Basic in Excel, Access, and Matlab with an emphasis on flow charts, graphing, regression, if-then, do loops, statistics, functions and subroutines, and copying to and reporting results in Word; applications include biological energy, growth, and CO2 models.

Offered in: Spring, Summer 1

Prerequisites: College of Engineering majors only

Units: 2.00

Online: No

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ABE  221 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design

Introduction to computer aided design concepts and techniques. Two and three-dimensional drawing presentation, methods of graphical communications, data analysis, design synthesis and production methods.

Introduction to computer aided design concepts and techniques. Two and three-dimensional drawing presentation, methods of graphical communications, data analysis, design synthesis and production methods.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE  284 - Biosystems Thermal Engineering

This course provides an integrated introduction to basic thermal engineering topics.  A structured problem-solving approach emphasizes the interrelated roles of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat and Mass Transfer relevant to real-world engineering analyses.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 129, PHYS 141

Units: 2.00

Online: No

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ABE  291 – Preceptorship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in the department.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00

Online: No


ABE  299 - Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 – 3.00

Online: No


ABE  299H - Honors Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 – 3.00

Online: No


ABE  391 – Preceptorship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in the department.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00

Online: No


ABE  393 – Internship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Winter

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major

Units: 1.00 – 6.00

Online: No


ABE/ENVS  397A - Teaching Workshop

The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.

Offered in: Fall, Spring

Units: 3.00 – 4.00


ABE  399 - Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major

Units: 1.00 – 4.00

Online: No


ABE  399H - Honors Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: Active in Honor College

Units: 1.00 – 3.00

Online: No 


ABE  413 - Applied Biostatistics
Introductory and advanced statistical methods and their applications in ecology. Focuses on how research design dictates choice of statistical models; explores principles and pitfalls of hypothesis testing.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE/CE  422 - Open-Channel Flow
[Usually offered every three semesters beginning Fall 2007] Differential equations governing unsteady flow in open channels. Simple surface waves in subcritical and supercritical flows. Introduction of kinematic, diffusion, and dynamic wave methods. Applications to reservoir routing, dam break flow, and overland flow.

Offered in: Fall, Spring

Units: 3.00


ABE  423 - Biosystems Analysis and Design

Application of systems analysis to biologically related problems; computer modeling and use of simulations, optimization methods, decision support systems.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Familiarity with statistics

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE  426 - Watershed Engineering
Design of waterways, erosion control structures and small dams. Methods for frequency analysis and synthetic time distribution of rainfall. Methods for estimating infiltration and runoff from small watersheds, flow routing and storm water management. Estimating erosion using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation.

Application of systems analysis to biologically related problems; computer modeling and use of simulations, optimization methods, decision support systems.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering or WSM major or minor; CE 218 or AME 331

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE/CE  427 - Computer Applications in Hydraulics

Computer modeling of surface water hydrology, flood plain hydraulics and water distribution systems. Theoretical basis. Application and design studies.

Offered in: Fall

Units: 3.00


ABE  428 - Control of Erosion Processes

According to the US environmental regulations, it is mandatory that everyone who disturbs the soil is responsible for the sediments generated from that site. For instance, knowledge of erosion/sediment processes and control is an important tool those days to avoid federal penalties. The course focuses on the types of soil erosion, factors affecting it, and how to estimate erosion rates. Also, the student will learn how to design erosion control practices, based on certain runoff.

Offered in: Summer

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; MATH 124 or MATH 125

Units: 3.00

Online: No

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ABE  447 - Sensors and Controls

Principles of electric circuits. Selection, interfacing and calibration of digital and analog sensors to measure physical variables. Optical electrochemical and piezoelectric biosensors. Basic bioprocess control.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; CHEM 151 and CHEM 152 (or equivalent)

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  452 - Globalization, Sustainability and Innovation

Globalization, sustainability and innovation constitute the three principal forces that drive the world of the 21st century -- economically, politically, socially and culturally. Aimed at engineering and science students, the objective of the course is to foster among them global intelligence (or global smarts), defined as an inclusive and cross-disciplinary working knowledge of how the globe operates today - including (1) how global infrastructures in communication, transportation and information technology have transformed how nations and corporations conduct business, (2) how nurturing sustainability ensures competitive advantage  while ignoring it imperils nations as well as the planet, and (3) how technological innovation is critical both in maintaining competitive advantage and in providing the essential sustainable solutions to many of our current global challenges. In a flat world, fostering global intelligence has become a vital component of a well-rounded engineering and science education.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  455 - Soil and Water Resources Engineering

Introduction to soil and water relationships, irrigation systems, irrigation water supply, and irrigation management; basic designs.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Junior or Senior status; CE 218 or AME 331

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  456 - Irrigation Systems Design

Design and operation of surface, sprinkler, and trickle irrigation systems based on economic and environmental criteria.

Offered in: Spring (Odd Yrs)

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; CE 218

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  458 - Soils, Wetlands and Wastewater Reuse

Water quality and system design for agricultural drainage and waste-water systems.

Offered in: Spring (Even Yrs)

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; CE 218 or AME 331

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  459 - Design of Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Dispersal Systems

This course will cover issues and concepts relating to the design of domestic and small commercial onsite wastewater treatment and recycling systems. This course is typically offered every even spring semester

Offered in: Spring (Even Yrs)

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Junior or Senior status

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE/WSM  467 - Advanced Watershed Hydrology

Advanced topics in watershed hydrology; rainfall-runoff, infiltration, overland flow routing, sediment modeling, statistical analysis and research methods in hydrology.

Offered in: Spring

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes


ABE  475A - Physiology of Plant Production under Controlled Environment

Students will learn the major environmental factors affecting plant growth and development and will understand interactions between plants and their microenvironments, including light penetration and CO2/H2O diffusion. Students will learn energy and mass balance of leaves and canopy and correlate these phenomena with plant productivity and related plant physiological mechanisms. Lectures cover critical controlled environment issues and practices of plant production in greenhouse, plant production factory, tissue culture vessels and post-harvest storage, with an introduction to the current research status in these areas. This course will be offered in spring of even years.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00


ABE  479 - Applied Instrumentation for Controlled Environment Agriculture

Students will learn principles, methods, and techniques related to the measurement and control of environmental factors affecting plant growth and plants' surrounding climate under controlled environments. Light intensity, light quality, temperature (air, plant), relative humidity, carbon dioxide, water, air current, and related factors are important variables in controlled environment plant production systems to measure and control since they affect and determine plant growth and development and processes such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning, fertigation etc. Therefore, students will learn application of sensors, instrumentation and designing of a simple system to measure and control environments for plant production systems.

Offered in: Spring (Even Yrs)

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major OR PLS major or minor; Junior or Senior status; MATH 113 and PHYS 102

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE/CHEE  481A - Engineering of Biological Processes

To learn to apply to the design of biological systems principles of engineering, science and mathematics, including, but not limited to statistics, kinetics, sensors and bioreactor design and scale up.  To explore and be familiar with the principal areas of biological engineering such as food process engineering, tissue engineering, and other large-scale fermentation processes.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: None

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ABE/BME  481B - Cell and Tissue Engineering

Development of biological engineering methods including applied genetics, metabolic regulation, and bioreactors employed in industrial processes for manufacture of pharmaceuticals and in the design of tissue engineered devices to replace normal physiological function.

Offered in: Spring

Units: 3.00

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ABE  482 - Integrated Engineered Solutions in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Integrated engineered solutions in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus are transformational integrated designs -- drivers of change -- that are necessary to make feeding an increased global population this century possible, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major;

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  483 - Controlled Environment Systems

An introduction to the technical aspects of greenhouse design, environmental control, hydroponic crop production, plant nutrient delivery systems, intensive field production systems, and post-harvest handling and storage of crops.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major or minor; PLS major; Junior or Senior status

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE/BME  486 - Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions

Biomaterials and their applications; protein-surface and blood-biomaterial interactions, inflammation, wound healing, biocompatibility, implants, and tissue engineering.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; CHEM 151 and CHEM 152

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  487 - Metagenomics: From Genes to Ecosystems

Environmental genomics is revolutionizing our understanding of microbes from the environment to human health, towards a holistic view of ecosystems or "One-Health".  At its core are new molecular methods called metagenomics to sequence DNA directly from an environmental sample, thus capturing the whole microbial community and bypassing culture.  Modern (Next-Gen) sequencing technologies offer vast new datasets of short sequence reads representing these microbial communities, however many hurdles exist in interpreting data with high species complexity and given specialized software for microbial metagenomic analyses.  This course focuses on the science of metagenomics towards understanding (1) questions that metagenomics can address, (2) possible approaches for metagenomic sequencing and analysis, and (3) how genes, pathways, and environmental context are translated into ecosystem-level knowledge.  This course alternates between traditional lectures and hands-on experience with programming, bioinformatics tools, and metagenomic analysis.  The course concludes with several weeks of seminar-format discussions on current research in metagenomic data analysis and a final project of your choice analyzing real-world experimental data.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: College of Science Junior or Senior with 2.0 GPA or higher, or College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Junior or Senior status with 2.0 GPA or higher; MCB 416, ABE 201, MIC 205 are recommended

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE/AME  488 - Micro and Nano Transducer Physics and Design

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major or (Plant Sciences, Environmental Science, or Environmental and Resource Economics major with Junior or Senior status); AME 250 and (ECE 207 or ABE 447); AME/ABE 489/589 Recommended 

Offered in: Spring

Units: 3.00


ABE  489A - Fabrication Techniques for Micro- and Nanodevices

See AME 489A

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Stdg: Engineering, or (Plant Sciences, Environmental Science, or Environmental and Resource Economics major with Junior or Senior status). ECE 207 or ABE 447.

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  492 - Directed Research

Student will participate a faculty-led research within the University of Arizona as an individual or as a small group.  The faculty member will provide clear objectives at the beginning of the class, and meet with the student on a regular basis to track his/her progress. Towards the end of the class, the student needs to make oral presentation(s) in laboratory meeting and submit a written report to the faculty member. Department Consent is required.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 - 3.00

Online: Yes


ABE  493 - Internship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Junior or Senior status

Units: 3.00 – 6.00

Online: Yes


ABE  496A - Seminar in Engineering Careers and Professionalism

The seminar will focus on employment in agricultural and biosystems engineering and engineering professionalism. Topics will include how to find a job (finding opportunities, writing resumes, interviewing), continuing education (professional societies, schools, self-learning) and engineering ethics. Presentations and discussion will provide communication opportunities. Students will be required to registrar for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE).

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Junior or Senior status; Concurrent enrollment in ABE 498A

Units: 1.00

Online: Yes

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ABE/ENTO  497C - Greenhouse Pest Management: Methods and Practice

Pest management skills development in the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) teaching/research greenhouses, with hands-on assignments, and group discussion covering pest management principles, methods, and current practice.Prerequisites: None

Offered in: Spring

Units: 3.00


ABE  498A - Senior Capstone: Biosystems Engineering Design I

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies.

Offered in: Fall

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Senior status; ABE 221 and 6 units of ABE 400-level courses; Con-current enrollment in ABE 496A

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  498B - Senior Capstone: Biosystems Engineering Design II

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies.

Offered in: Spring

Prerequisites: Adv. Standing; Engineering major; Senior status; ABE 498A;  Students will be required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes

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ABE  498H - Honors Thesis

An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.

Offered in: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes


ABE  499 - Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: None

Units: 1.00 – 5.00

Online: Yes


ABE  499H - Honors Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

Offered in: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: None

Units: 3.00

Online: Yes