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ABET Accreditation

The BS in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Program*:

A few years after graduation, SDSU ABE graduates will:
  1. Use methods of analysis involving use of mathematics, fundamental physical and biological sciences, and the computer skills needed for the practice of agricultural and biosystems engineering.
  2. Practice design skills, including the ability to think creatively, to formulate problem statements, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information, and to evaluate and implement problem solutions both individually and in team settings.
  3. Address issues of ethics, safety, professionalism, diversity, globalization, environmental impact, and social and economic impact in engineering practice.
  4. Contribute to agricultural profitability and enhance environmental and biological systems through the development, adaptation, and proper use of improved and safer engineering technologies, production systems, and management practices.

*Updated September 28, 2015

Student Outcomes of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Program:

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department has adopted the ABET Criterion 3, (a) - (k) outcomes as they were originally established, as the departmental Program Outcomes. These outcomes align well with the departmental Program Objectives, which were developed at the same time in consideration of our client industries and constituent groups.

Student outcomes:

a.  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b.  an ability to design and conduct experiments, 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 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 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

Current enrollment and graduation data for the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program can be found at the following link: