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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.)

Graduate work in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering leads to Master of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences degrees.

Students who undertake graduate studies in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in agricultural, environmental and biological systems. Graduate studies improve the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem solving.

The department offers students an opportunity to undertake research and advanced study in specialization areas such as food and biomaterial processing, physical properties of biological materials, natural resource engineering, structures, indoor environment, waste management and machine design.

Master of Science in Engineering (M.Eng.)

A Master of Science is offered through the College of Engineering. Primary and secondary course requirements are defined in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin. Areas of specialization for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering include machine vision, biomaterials processing, soil and water engineering, structures, and machine design.

The Master of Engineering program is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in engineering and science, while simultaneously developing workplace capabilities and skills highly valued by employers for management, leadership, and other professional responsibilities.

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) builds upon the undergraduate engineering degree as a ‘capstone’ sequence composed of advanced engineering discipline courses and applied management and leadership courses. The M.Eng. is considered a terminal or professional degree as it does not culminate in a thesis or research project.  This coursework-only graduate program is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and senior-level engineering students seeking advanced education via the graduate degree.

The M.Eng. has a dedicated industrial advisory board to provide input and guidance on expected student competencies and program outcomes.  These are the board approved program competencies:

At the time of graduation from the Master of Engineering program, students will have:

  • in-depth technical knowledge in engineering;
  • knowledge of contemporary leadership and management in professional practice;
  • a demonstrated ability to apply engineering, management and leadership concepts; and,
  • a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally, graphically and in writing

Ph.D. in Agricultural, Biosystems & Mechanical Engineering (A.B.M.E.)

The Ph.D. in Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering (A.B.M.E.) shares a common core between the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and department of Mechanical Engineering. All students will be required to complete 14 credits of core course work shown below. Core courses will provide a broad foundation covering basic graduate concepts in A.B.M.E., compliance and research ethics. Several core courses are unique in the nation and make this program novel and highly integrated. Elective coursework will provide students with the opportunity for greater depth in a topical area and will usually be directly related to their dissertation research topic. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree must complete 90 credits (30 coursework and 60 dissertation) and students entering with a master’s degree must complete 60 credits (20 coursework and 40 dissertation).

Students who undertake this graduate degree normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in agricultural, biological and mechanical systems. Graduate studies improve the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem solving.

For more information about these degrees, check out the Graduate Catalog.