The ABE graduate program is designed to produce professionals that have a thorough understanding of advanced engineering principles. The Department offers the following degrees in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering: Master of Science (MS), Accelerated Master of Science (AMP), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Department is active in research in the following general emphasis areas:
- Biometry & Biosystems Informatics
- Controlled Environment Agriculture
- Food, Bioproducts, & Renewable Energy
- Water Resources
However, the students find that a graduate program in the ABE department can be designed to fit almost any need in the general field of the application of engineering principles to the solution of agricultural and biological engineering problems. The flexibility of the degree programs allows domestic and international students, in consultation with their advisors, to develop programs specifically suited to their needs. The University of Arizona is a diverse institution, and therefore provides courses in many different areas to support specific and general programs. Some of the specific areas for graduate research may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Irrigation and Water Quality
- Agricultural Water Resource Engineering
- Controlled-Environment Plant Systems and Engineering
- Algae High-Value Products and Biofuels
- Plant Cell Cultures
- Bioreactor Design
- Waste Management and Pollution Control
- Renewable Energy
For MS students, graduates are expected to acquire increased professional experience over the course of their graduate program, so that they can be prepared for a successful industrial career through their coursework and the development of a research project. Graduates should be capable of applying knowledge of biological, physical, and engineering sciences to formulate problem statements, design experiments, test hypotheses, and solve problems in agricultural and biological areas. ABE PhD graduates should have similar outcomes as the MS graduates, but with an emphasis on a deeper understanding of problem formulation (to be able to recognize and formulate problem statements) and higher mathematical skills. In particular, graduates should be able to independently conduct original research at and beyond the boundaries of current state of the art. Graduates must have a background in a different discipline through selection of a minor area, so that they can be incorporated into interdisciplinary research teams. In addition, PhD graduates should be ready to pursue academic careers.
Outcome 1: Knowledge of the focus area
Outcome 2: Critical Analysis of Research in the Focus Area
|Outcome 3: Conduct Original Research||Outcome 4: Communicate and/or Defend Research|
|Writted comprehensice exam||X|
|Oral comprehensive exam||X||X|
|Written dissertation and oral defense||X||X|
|Exit survey (see Appendix I6)||X||X||X|
|Graduate seminar presentation||X||X||X|
Please see the attached file "Assessment Findings" below which provides findings based on graduate student technical seminar presentation evaluations. Our students in general perform well with their technical presentations based on their research projects.
Based on the graduate student seminar presentations and evaluations, our students do an excellent job on making technical presentation, therefore there were no changes made based on the findings.
As part of the 2009-2016 self-study, we determined that there is a need to improve for assessing our graduate students expected learning outcomes in the graduate program. Thus, we will develop an online exit survey for our graduate students. The results will be tabulated by our Academic Program Coordinator.
|Appendix I4. Assessment Rubric for Thesis,Report, Dissertation and Defense.pdf||180.85 KB|
|Appendix I5. Graduate Seminar Evaluation Form.pdf||190.33 KB|
|Assessment Findings_GradProg.pdf||209.91 KB|