BSE - ABET Accreditation


ABET Accreditation: Biological Systems Engineering


The B.S. Degree in Biological Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering is to educate engineers and managers, conduct research, and transfer engineering technology to benefit Nebraska's biological systems.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering (BSEN) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET-accredited programs publish their Program Objectives for access by employers, parents, students, and others interested in what graduates of the program are "expected to be capable of doing once they enter the workforce." The following Program Objectives are for Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A few 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, bioenergy and food engineering, or other professional endeavors such as business, law, or medicine. In doing so, they will:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Continue their personal growth, professional development, and professional and community service through various opportunities provided by institutions, professional organizations, and other venues.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the Biological Systems Engineering program are the following:

A
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
B
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, utilize probability and statistics, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
C
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
D
  • An ability to function on teams, including multi-disciplinary teams.
E
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
F
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
G
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
H
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
I
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
J
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
K
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
A matrix indicating where the A.1 - K criteria are satisfied within our curriculum is below.

Agricultural engineering program courses by student outcomes
Student Outcomes
Required Agricultural Engineering Coursework A B C D E F G H I J K
BSEN 100 – Introduction to Biological Engineering and Agricultural Engineering 1   2 3 3 1 3 2   1 1
BSEN 112 – Introduction to Biological Engineering and Agricultural Engineering 3 1   2 3 1 2 1   1 2
BSEN 225 – Engineering Properties of Biological Materials 3 2 1 3 3 2 3 2 2 1 3
BSEN 303 – Principles of Process Engineering 4 4 5 3 4   5 6   4 4
BSEN 325 – Power Systems Design 5 4 6 3 6 3 5 4 3 3 4
BSEN 344 – Biological & Environmental Transport Processes 5   3   5       4   5
BSEN 350 – Soil and Water Resources Engineering 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
BSEN 453 –Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering 5 4 6 3 5 4 3 3 2 4 5
BSEN 460 – Instrumentation & Controls 6 6 6 6 6 6 6   1   6
BSEN 470 – Design I in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering 6 4 4 4 4 3 5 3   3 4
BSEN 480 – Design I in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering 6 4 6 4 6 3 5 3   5 4

Cognitive Domain Level (Bloom's Taxonomy):

1= Remembering
2= Understanding
3= Applying
4= Analyzing
5= Evaluating
6=Creating

Enrollment Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Biological Systems Engineering ABET Undergraduate Enrollment Chart
Source: College of Engineering, September 2017

Graduation Data

The table below is a summary subset of 10-year graduation data for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Biological Systems Engineering ABET Degrees Conferred Chart
Source: College of Engineering, September 2017



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