Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Smart Agricultural Systems

The Minor in Smart Agricultural Systems, which is administered by the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is available for students with majors in Applied Engineering Sciences, Biosystems Engineering, Computational Data Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Lyman Briggs Computer Science who are interested in smart technology for management decision support and who plan to pursue careers in agriculture or natural resources. The minor will provide an opportunity for students to gain a working knowledge of digital technologies necessary to monitor and manage aspects of agriculture, food, natural resources, and bioenergy systems.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. At least 10 unique credits counted towards the requirements for a student’s minor must not be used to fulfill the requirements for that student’s major.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the Smart Agricultural Systems minor program coordinator in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and have their program of study approved in advance and in writing.

Requirements for the Minor in Smart Agricultural Systems

Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (10 credits):
BE` 221 Introduction to Smart Agriculture 1
BE 321 Principles of Precision Agriculture 3
BE 421 Sensors and Robotics for Agricultural Systems 3
BE 422 Crop Modeling and Optimization 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 or 7 credits):
BE 449 Human Health Risk Analysis for Engineering Controls 3
BE 456 Electric Power and Control 3
BE 481 Water Resources Systems Analysis and Modeling 3
BE 482 Engineering Ecological Treatment Systems 3
CSE 404 Introduction to Machine Learning 3
CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
CSE 480 Database Systems 3
CSE 482 Big Data Analysis 3
CSS 467 Bioenergy Feedstock Production 3
ECE 416 Digital Control 3
ECE 417 Robotics 3
ECE 431 Smart Sensor Systems 3
ECE 434 Autonomous Vehicles 3
ECE 477 Microelectronic Fabrication 3
ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
ME 451 Control Systems 4
ME 456 Mechatronic System Design 3