The University of Arizona  1993-95 General Catalog

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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE)
Shantz Building, Room 507
(520) 621-1607

Professors Donald C. Slack, Head, Delmar D. Fangmeier, Martin
Fogel (Emeritus), Stuart Hoenig (Emeritus), Kenneth R. Frost
(Emeritus),  Kenneth A. Jordan, W. Gerald Matlock (Emeritus),
Gene M. Nordby, W. David Shoup, Frank Wiersma (Emeritus)

Associate Professors Wayne E. Coates, Dennis L. Larson, William
O. Rasmussen, Muluneh Yitayew

Adjunct Professors Clarence Becker, Herman Bouwer, Kenneth G.
Renard

Adjunct Associate Professor Kennith E. Foster, William G. Gensler

Assistant Specialist Edward Martin

The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and
Biosystems Engineering (see the College of Engineering and Mines
section of this catalog for specific undergraduate program
requirements and the following list of departmental courses
available for the engineering program).

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in
agricultural and biosystems technology is under review. Contact
the Office of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture, for
further information.

The department graduate program offerings lead to the Master of
Science with a major in agricultural and biosystems engineering
and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in agricultural and
biosystems engineering. The graduate programs are detailed in the
Graduate Catalog.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE)
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems
Engineering emphasizes several areas including: agricultural
engineering, irrigation engineering and water resources
management, bioenvironmental engineering, biological engineering,
and agri-biosystems power and machine systems. The program
emphasizes a base science program merging biological and physical
sciences. Included in the major areas as appropriate are: energy
issues and alternatives; biosystems analysis and design;
biotechnology engineering developments; hazardous waste
management and water quality control; soil, water, plant
relationships; applications of sensors, control systems, digital
imaging, computer vision, artificial intelligence and
multispectral analysis; robotics; and other emerging
technologies. Emphasis is placed upon the design of systems,
processes and equipment to serve the engineering needs of the
agricultural/biological industries and the water
resources/environmental engineering needs of various government,
industry, community, and engineering consulting organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems
Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation
Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology.

220. Microcomputing Applications (3) I II Introduction to the use
of microcomputers in word processing , spreadsheets, statistics,
data base management and other areas. 1R, 6L. (Identical with
AGRI 220, ENGR 200, NFS 220, and PL S 220)

250. Water in Its Uses (3) I GRD Introductory course on water
sources, uses, management and conservation; biological, economic,
and health issues. Not for ABE majors. (Identical with S W  250)
Rasmussen

404. Irrigation Principles and Management (3) II 1993-94 GRD
Principles of operating farm irrigation systems, evaluation of
systems, selection of systems, basic irrigation scheduling,
measurements of water flow, soil moisture, pump and system
efficiencies. Not for ABE majors. 2R, 3L. Field trip. P, MATH
117R/S, S W 200. (Identical with S W 404) May be convened with
504.

406. Applied Hydraulics (3) I GRD Fundamentals of hydraulics
applicable to the irrigation of agricultural lands, including
fluid properties, hydrostatics, irrigation flow characteristics,
open channel and pipeline applications, and measurement of
flowing water. Not for ABE majors. P, MATH 118, 123 or 125a, PHYS
102a. May be convened with 506. Yitayew

408. Environmental Simulation (3) I Introduction to the design,
development, and usage of simulation tools and techniques to
assist in analyzing physical, chemical, and biological components
of the environment. Not for ABE majors. P, MATH 123 or 124. May
be convened with 508. Rasmussen

410. Agri-biosystems Power Engineering (3) II 1993-94 Principles
of operation, design, and performance of engines and electric
motors. Design of mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic power
transmission systems for agri-biosystems environments. 2R, 3L.
2ES, 1ED. P, A ME 230, 250. May be convened with 510. Coates

412. Agri-biosystems Machinery Design (3) I 1993-94 Design and
evaluation of mechanized devices for agri-biosystems production
and processing. Introduction to finite element theory, stress
failure theories, and fatigue analysis. Machine qualitative and
quantitative performance evaluations. 2R, 3L. 1ES, 2ED. P, A ME
250, C E 217. May be convened with 512. Coates

415. Agri-biosystems Process Engineering (3) I 1994-95 Study of
existing models based upon principles of thermodynamics and fluid
flow involving simulation of 1) soil temperature and moisture
distribution, 2) radiation balances of plants and ventilated
greenhouses, and 3) photosynthesis and transpiration. 2R, 3L.
2ES, 1ED. P, A ME 240. May be convened with 515.

423. Agricultural Systems Analysis and Design (3) II 1994-95
Application of systems analysis to agricultural and biologically
related problems; computer modeling and use of operations
research methods. 2ES, 1ED. P, STAT 361. May be convened with
523. Larson

447. Sensors and Controls (3) I 1993-94 The selection,
interfacing, and calibration of digital and analog sensors to
measure physical variables for manipulation with microprocessors.
The development of logic and process control circuits. 2R, 3L.
1.5ES, 1.5ED. P, ECE 207. May be convened with 547.

455. Irrigation Engineering (4) II Introduction to soil and water
relationships, irrigation systems, irrigation water supply, and
irrigation management; basic designs. 3R, 3L. 2ES, 2ED. P, C E
321 or A ME 331a. (Identical with C E 455) May be convened with
555.

456. Irrigation Systems Design (3) I Design and operation of
surface, sprinkler, and trickle irrigation systems. Field trip.
1ES, 2ED. P, 455. May be convened with 556.

457. Irrigation Engineering Laboratory (1) II Data acquisition
and analysis pertinent to the design and evaluation of irrigation
systems. 3L. 1ES. Field trip. CR 455. May be convened with 557.

458. Drainage of Irrigated Lands (3) II 1993-94 Origin and nature
of drainage problems in arid lands; drainage theories,
investigations and design for irrigated agriculture. Field trip.
1.5ES, 1.5ED. P, C E 321 or A ME 331a. (Identical with C E 458)
May be convened with 558.

462. Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (3) II 1994-95
Methods for estimating runoff from croplands, Universal Soil Loss
Equation, design of terraces, waterways, small earth dams,
erosion control structures. 1.5ES, 1.5ED. P, 406 or C E 321 or A
ME 331a. May be convened with 562. Slack

463. Energy from Biomass (3) II Biomass energy sources;
collection and processing methods; thermal, anaerobic digestion
and fermentation conversion processes, energetic, economic and
environmental issues. P, A ME 230. (Identical with NEE 463) May
be convened with 563. Larson

494. Practicum
a. Agri-biosystems Engineering Design (3) I 3ED. P, 6 units of
400-level ABE courses. Writing-Emphasis Course. Satisfaction of
the upper-division  writing-proficiency requirement (see
"Writing-Emphasis Courses" in the Academic Policies and
Graduation Requirements section of this catalog).
b. Advanced Agri-biosystems Engineering Design (3) I II 1R, 6L.
3ED. P, 494a.

504. Irrigation Principles and Management (3) II 1993-94 For a
description of course topics, see 404. Graduate-level
requirements include a special project on a current irrigation
topic. Not for ABE majors. P, MATH 117R/S, S W 200. (Identical
with S W 504) May be convened with 404.

506. Applied Hydraulics (3) I For a description of course topics,
see 406. Graduate-level requirements include a special project on
current hydraulic topics. P, MATH 118, 123 or 125a, PHYS 102a.
May be convened with 406. Yitayew

508. Environmental Simulation (3) I For a description of course
topics, see 408. Graduate-level requirements include a special
project on a current environmental topic. P, MATH 123 or 124a.
May be convened with 408. Rasmussen
510. Agri-biosystems Power Engineering (3) II 1993-94 For a
description of course topics, see 410. Graduate-level
requirements include a special project. P, A ME 230, 250 or CH E
206. May be convened with 410. Coates

512. Agri-biosystems Machinery Design (3) I 1993-94 For a
description of course topics, see 412. Graduate-level
requirements include an additional design project. P, A ME 250, C
E 217. May be convened with 412. Coates

515. Agri-biosystems Process Engineering (3) I 1994-95 For a
description of course topics, see 415. Graduate-level
requirements include a special project. CR, A ME 240. May be
convened with 415.

523. Agricultural Systems Analysis and Design (3) II 1994-95 For
a description of course topics, see 423. Graduate-level
requirements include a simulation project. P, STAT 361. May be
convened with 423. Larson

547. Sensors and Controls (3) I For a description of course
topics, see 447. Graduate-level requirements include a special
project. P, ECE 207. May be convened with 447.

550. Small Scale Water Management Systems (3) I Design,
construction, testing and operation of water management systems
for small scale operators; water harvesting; runoff farming.
Field trips. P, 6 units of hydrology, hydraulics, or irrigation.

555. Irrigation Engineering (4) II For a description of course
topics, see 455. Graduate-level requirements include a special
project on a current irrigation topic. P, C E  321 or A ME 331a)
Identical with C E 555) May be convened with 455.

556. Irrigation Systems Design (3) I For a description of course
topics, see 456. Graduate-level requirements include a special
project. P, 455. May be convened with 456.

557. Irrigation Engineering Laboratory (1) II For a description
of course topics, see 457. Graduate-level requirements include a
special report. May be convened with 457.

558. Drainage of Irrigated Lands (3) II 1993-94 For a description
of course topics, see 458. Graduate-level requirements include a
special project. P, C E  321 or A ME 331a. (Identical with C E
558) May be convened with 458.

562. Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (3) II 1994-95 For a
description of course topics, see 462. Graduate-level
requirements include a special project. P, 406 or C E 321 or A ME
331a. May be convened with 462. Slack

563. Energy from Biomass (3) II For description of course topics,
see 463. Graduate-level requirements include a special project.
(Identical with NEE 563) May be convened with 463. Larson

605. Soil-Water Dynamics (3) II 1994-95 (Identical with S W 605)

650. Advanced Irrigation Management (3) II 1993-94 Irrigation
scheduling using Jensen-Haise and Penman equations for predicting
evapotranspiration; determination of crop coefficients;
production functions, economics, and energy considerations. P,
404 or 455 or S W 520.

655. Surface Irrigation Analysis (3) I 1993-94 Analysis of design
and operating criteria for basin, border and furrow irrigation
systems, effect of field parameters on system design. Evaluation
criteria for existing systems. P, 456.

656. Pressurized Irrigation Systems (3) II 1994-95 Analysis of
design and operating criteria for sprinkler and trickle or drip
irrigation systems, hydraulics of sprinklers and emitters,
hydraulics of pipe systems. P, 456.

696. Seminar
a. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (1) [Rpt./8] I II
Yitayew

 


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