BE - Biological Engineering

Larry A. Stauffer, Dean (125 Janssen Engr. Bldg.; 208/885-6470); Joseph Law, Associate Dean Undergraduates; Barry Willis, Associate Dean Outreach; Jon Van Gerpen, Associate Dean Research.


BE 142 Engineering for Living Systems

BE 142 Engineering for Living Systems (2 cr)

Introduction to engineering principles used to solve agricultural and biological systems problems, including use of computers. One lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; two half-day field trips.

BE 204 Special Topics

BE 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

BE 242 Engineering Analysis and Design

BE 242 Engineering Analysis and Design (2 cr)

Methods of analyzing and solving engineering problems and introduction to elements of design; use of computers in engineering problem solving. Recommended Preparation: computer science elective in a programming language.

Prereq: Math 170

Coreq: Math 175

BE 299 Directed Study

BE 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BE 355 Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering

BE 355 Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering (3 cr)

See CE 325.

BE 398 Engineering Cooperative Internship

BE 398 (s) Engineering Cooperative Internship (cr arr)

Supervised internship in professional engineering settings, integrating academic study with work experience; details of the co-op to be arranged with supervising professor before the start of the co-op; requires written report. Graded P/F. Cannot be used for technical elective.

Prereq: Permission

BE 411 Industrial Energy Efficiency

BE 411 (s) Industrial Energy Efficiency (1 cr, max 6)

This course will provide students an understanding of major industrial energy consuming equipment, diagnostics of energy inefficiencies, and instrumentation for baselining energy efficiency. Students will learn energy auditing and report writing with improvement recommendations including cost analysis. Each semester will cover a specific topic such as 'process heating and refrigeration' or ' motors and air compressors'. As topics change by semester, prerequisites may be only a subset of those listed. Contact instructor for details.

Prereq: ((ENGR 320 or ME 322) and ENGR 240) or permission

BE 425 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

BE 425 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 cr)

Principles of biomedical engineering, including biomechanics, biomaterials, nano-osseointegration, tissue engineering, cardiovascular systems and artificial hearts, medical imaging, and a brief survey of biosensors and bio-signaling.

Prereq: Junior or Senior standing in the College of Engineering or the College of Science; or Permission of instructor

BE 433 Bioremediation

BE J433/J533 Bioremediation (3 cr)

Theory and practice of bioremediation as applied to toxic and hazardous wastes, including reaction kinetics, reaction stoichiometry, microbiology, and design of ex- and in-situ processes. Graduate credit requires additional design project. One-two field trips.

Prereq: Biol 115/115L and Math 170, or Permission

BE 441 Instrumentation and Measurements

BE J441/J541 Instrumentation and Measurements (3 cr)

Sensing elements, signal conditioning, data output and control. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: BE 462. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

BE 450 Environmental Hydrology

BE 450 Environmental Hydrology (3 cr)

Carries no credit after BE 355 or CE 325. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the hydrologic processes associated with the environmental processes. Includes components of the hydrologic cycle, analysis of precipitation and run off, evapotranspiration, routing, peak flow, infiltration, soil and water relationships, snowmelt, and frequency analysis. (Spring only)

Prereq: Math 170

BE 451 Engineering Hydrology

BE 451 Engineering Hydrology (3 cr)

See CE 421.

BE 452 Environmental Water Quality

BE J452/J552 Environmental Water Quality (3 cr)

Engineering design to monitor, evaluate, and minimize non-point pollution from agriculture, environmentally acceptable disposal of wastes, bioremediation. Graduate credit requires an additional project and report. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: BE 355 and Chem 112; and Soil 205 or Biol 250

BE 458 Open Channel Hydraulics

BE 458 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 cr)

See CE 428.

BE 459 Irrigation System Design

BE 459 Irrigation System Design (3 cr)

Crop water requirements, irrigation scheduling and water management, selection and design of irrigation systems, pump selection. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.

Prereq: Engr 335

BE 461 Bioprocess Engineering

BE 461 Bioprocess Engineering (3 cr)

Carries 2 credits after ME 345. Processing principles and transport processes applied to the analysis and design of handling, processing, and producing of biomaterials and bioprocesses. Course includes advanced biological sciences applications. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Math 310 and Engr 320 and Engr 335; or Permission

BE 462 Electric Power and Controls

BE 462 Electric Power and Controls (3 cr)

Design, selection, and use of electrical equipment and electric power systems for application to biological systems; design and use of electrical, electronic, and other feedback control systems for use with biological systems. Course includes advanced biological sciences applications. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: Engr 240

Coreq: Math 310

BE 478 Engineering Design I

BE 478 Engineering Design I (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

The capstone design sequence for biological and agricultural engineering majors. Course topics include research, design, experimental methods, specifications, prototyping, and verification; report writing, documentation and oral presentations. Topics, from industrial sponsorship, are considered in the context of a major design project involving a team of students. Projects incorporate realistic engineering constraints including environmental concerns, sustainability, ethical, safety, manufacturability, social and political considerations.

Prereq: BE 242, Engr 320, Engr 335, and Engr 350

BE 479 Engineering Design II

BE 479 Engineering Design II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Continuation of the capstone design sequence for biological and agricultural engineering majors. Course topics include research, design, experimental methods, specifications, prototyping, and verification; report writing, documentation and oral presentations. Topics, from industrial sponsorship, are considered in the context of a major design project involving a team of students. Projects incorporate realistic engineering constraints including environmental concerns, sustainability, ethical, safety, manufacturability, social and political considerations

Prereq: BE 478

BE 485 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts

BE J485/J585 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts (3 cr)

Review of current technology for producing energy and products from biological materials. Discussion of economic, social, and political aspects and future prospects for petroleum displacement. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry.

Prereq: Chem 111

Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

BE 491 Senior Seminar

BE 491 Senior Seminar (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Professional aspects of the field, employment opportunities and preparation of occupational inventories. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Senior standing.

BE 492 Biofuels

BE J492/J592 Biofuels (3 cr)

Basic principles for the production and utilization of biobased fuels; processing techniques and chemistry; fuel properties and utilization. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry.

Prereq: Chem 111

Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

BE 494 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion

BE J494/J594 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion (3 cr)

Introduce the fundamentals of biomass conversion technologies for biofuels and bioenergy. Specific topics include biomass preparation/pretreatment, pyrolysis, gasification, direct liquefaction, and economic factors in thermochemical conversion of biomass. Advances of the technologies will be brought to current through literature reviews. A semester long course project is required if taken as a graduate level course. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Engineering Thermodynamics.

Prereq: Chem 277 and Chem 278

Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

BE 499 Directed Study

BE 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BE 500 Master's Research and Thesis

BE 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

BE 501 Seminar

BAE 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

BE 502 Directed Study

BAE 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BE 504 Special Topics

BE 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

BE 533 Bioremediation

BE 533 Bioremediation (3 cr)

See BE J433/J533.

BE 534 Applied Bioremediation

BE 534 Applied Bioremediation (3 cr)

Application of theory and design learned in prerequisite BAE 433 including conducting treatability studies, transportation and fate modeling in the subsurface, and hydrologic testing. Students required to complete laboratory, numerical modeling, and field-testing modules in addition to a subsurface modeling project.

Prereq: BE 433/533

BE 541 Instrumentation and Measurements

BE 541 Instrumentation and Measurements (3 cr)

See BE J441/J541.

BE 551 Advanced Hydrology

BE 551 Advanced Hydrology (3 cr)

Principles of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation, lower atmosphere, evaporation, fluid mechanics of free surface flow, overland flow, stream flow routing, water transport in porous media, infiltration, groundwater outflow and base flow, stream flow generation, and elements of frequency analysis in hydrology.

Prereq: BE 450 and Math 310; or Permission

BE 552 Environmental Water Quality

BE 552 Environmental Water Quality (3 cr)

See BE J452/J552

BE 558 Fluid Mechanics of Porous Materials

BE 558 Fluid Mechanics of Porous Materials (3 cr)

Statics and dynamics of multiflow systems in porous materials; properties of porous materials; steady and unsteady flow. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

BE 585 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts

BE 585 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts (3 cr)

See BE J485/J858.

BE 592 Biofuels

BE 592 Biofuels (3 cr)

See BE J492/J592.

BE 594 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion

BE 594 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion (3 cr)

See BE J494/J594.

BE 598 Internship

BE 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

BE 599 Non-thesis Master's Research

BE 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

BE 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

BE 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)