Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program
The degrees of Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy are offered with graduate programs in agricultural and biological engineering through the College of Engineering. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in agricultural and biological engineering are offered in the areas of agricultural operations management and applied science through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog. Additional information can also be found on the graduate studies pages on the department website at www.abe.ufl.edu.
A combined B.S./M.S. program allows up to 12 graduate credits to be double counted toward fulfillment of both degrees. Contact the graduate coordinator for qualifications and details. A 30-credit, 3-semester nonthesis master’s degree program is also available to students interested in completing the requirements in 1 year.
The Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the following areas of research:
Agricultural production includes development and application of precision agriculture concepts and tools, climate risk in agriculture, pesticide application, robotics and other machine systems and environmental control systems. Applications to space agriculture are included in cooperation with NASA at Kennedy Space Center.
Biological engineering includes post-harvest operations, bioprocess design, plant biotechnology, process microbiology, food process engineering, environmental biotechnology, bioreactors, and packaging science.
Information systems includes development and application of GIS and remote sensing, communications, mathematical modeling, environmental decision analysis and expert systems techniques to biological and agricultural systems.
Land and water resources includes soil-water-plant relations, irrigation, water quality, watershed hydrology, BMP and TMDL studies, hydrologic modeling, ecological restoration, environmental fate and transport of nanoparticles, waste management, ecological and risk modeling and water reuse.
Students also may choose to participate in interdisciplinary concentrations in hydrologic sciences, geographic information sciences, particle science and technology, and interdisciplinary ecology.
The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the agricultural operations management area of specialization provide for scientific training and research in technical agricultural management. Typical plans of study focus on advanced training in environmental systems management, production systems management, construction and process management and technical sales management.
For students with basic science degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy program with a specialization in applied sciences through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences provides advanced training in problem-solving capabilities, interdisciplinary research, and methods for applying science to real-world problems and issues. Typical emphasis is on (1) the use of engineering methods and approaches, such as mathematical modeling, optimization, and information technologies, in application of science to problems of various spatial and temporal scales; and (2) an interdisciplinary experience in research at the doctoral level.
The requirements for a master’s degree normally take 2 years to complete. The length of time required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree depends partly on the research topic, but normally takes 3 to 4 years.