Courses

Undergraduate
Course Description Credits Term Frequency
BEE 101 Ecological Engineering I

Introduction to engineering at OSU and the emerging field of ecological engineering. Topics include engineering analysis and problem solving, professional ethics, the design process and teamwork.

3 Fall Annually
BEE 102 Ecological Engineering II

Introduction to common problems and solutions in ecological engineering, emphasizing the multiplicity of approaches to constraining, analyzing, and resolving challenges of ecosystem management. Two overnight field trips to local ecological monitoring and engineering sites will be required.

3 Spring Annually
BEE 221 Ecological Engineering Fundamentals

Introduction to the concepts and practice of ecological engineering including characteristics, classification, and modeling of ecosystems; ecosystem protection; and sustainable uses of ecosystems, including treatment wetlands, land treatment systems, and ecologically sensitive stormwater management, to meet the needs of human societies. PREREQS: One year of college biology and chemistry and MTH 256 or instructor approval required.

3 Winter Annually
BEE 222 Ecological Engineering Computation

Course Description

Programming methods relevant to ecological engineering, including hardware/software integration. PREREQS: Sophomore standing, consent of instructor.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to

  1. Develop compuatioanl thinking skills.
  2. Gain understaning of principles of computer programming using Python, with applications in the area of ecological engineering.
  3. Develop capabilities for programming hardwar-based sensing and control systems using microcontrollers.
3 Spring Annually
BEE 311 Ecological Fluid Mechanics

Fluid properties, fluid statics, fluid motion, conservation of mass, momentum and energy for incompressible fluids, dimensional analysis, ecological engineering applications. Lec/rec. PREREQS: Consent of instructor.

4 Fall Annually
BEE 312 Ecohydraulics

Theory and design of hydraulic systems for ecological engineering applications. Lec/rec. PREREQS: BEE 311 or CE 311 or CHE 331 or CHE 331H

4 Winter Annually
BEE 313 Ecohydrology

Provides quantitative description of fundamental hydrologic processes and the hydrologic cycle, the interactions of water between atmosphere, soils, and plants, and models for estimating the generation and transport of water in the environment. Lec/rec. PREREQS: BEE 312

4 Spring Annually
BEE 320 Biosystems Analysis and Modeling

An introduction to simulation modeling and analysis of a variety of biological and ecological systems. Systems approaches to describing ecological systems. PREREQS: MTH 256 and consent of instructor.

4 Fall Annually
BEE 322 EcoE Thermodynamics/Transfer Processes

A study of the transport processes of fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer applied to biological organisms and ecological systems. PREREQS: BEE 320

4 Winter Annually
BEE 361 Ecological Engineering Laboratory

Introduction to modern measurement methods for ecological applications, includes sensors and systems for measuring soil, water and atmospheric properties. Lec/lab. PREREQS: One year college physics.

3 Spring Annually
BEE 411/511 Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Design (ECampus)

Empowers students interested in global change research to focus on the interactions between changes in human land use and climate. Using an innovative online data and mapping tool called Data Basin, students will explore topics accessing the highest quality datasets available in an all-in-one platform.

3 Annually
BEE 433/533 Irrigation System Design

Principles of soil physics and plant water use applied to irrigation system design. Design of gravity, pressurized, and trickle irrigation systems, improving on-farm water management, performance characteristics of pumps and other irrigation equipment. Lec/lab. Offered alternate years.

4 Winter Biannually (Odd Years)
BEE 439 Irrigation Principles and Practice (eCampus)

Survey of irrigation systems, system configurations, factors that influence irrigation efficiency, crop water requirements, energy requirements, pumps, irrigation scheduling. For non-engineers. Lec/lab/rec. PREREQS: MTH 111

4 Spring Annually
BEE 446/546 River Engineering

Multipurpose river use; natural physical processes in alluvial rivers; channel modification practices; river structures; design practices; impact of river modification; problem analysis; and impact minimization. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: CE 313

4 Spring Biannually (Odd Years)
BEE 458/558 Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control

Problem solving in nonpoint source pollution. Methods for evaluating the extent, rate, timing, and fate of Non-Point Source (NPS) pollutants in agricultural and urban environments.  Offered yearly in Spring term, as a hybrid section for odd years and an ecampus section for even years.

3 Spring Annually
BEE 468/568 Bioremediation Engineering

Examines strategies for using a variety of biological processes for treating municipal, agricultural and industrial contaminants. PREREQS: MTH 251 and professional school or graduate standing.

3 Winter Annually
BEE 469 Ecological Engineering Design I

Engineering design processes for ecological engineering applications, including specifications, performance criteria, timelines, and project logistics, principles and practices of working in engineering teams. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: BEE 322 and (ENGR 391 or ENGR 391H), senior standing or consent of instructor.

4 Fall Annually
BEE 470 Ecological Engineering Design II

Engineering design processes for ecological engineering applications, including specifications, performance criteria, timelines, and project logistics, principles and practices of working in engineering teams. PREREQS: BEE 469, senior standing or consent of instructor.

4 Winter Annually
BEE 499/599 Applied Computation

Project based course in programming methods for research and engineering.  Course is intended for students who have had some experience using high level languages and want to expand repertoire of methods.  Students will learn programming skills to solve engineering problems encountered in environmental science and ecological engineering.  Modular topics and assignments are tailored to students'skill level and interests.  Course emphasizes professional communication, reporting, and presentation skills. Students should have some experience with a high level language (Matlab, Python, C++) as prerequisite.

4 Winter
BEE 499/599 (478/578) Biofuel Feedstocks Production

Bioethenal is one of the important alternatives to fossil fuels. This course will provide an overview of the biofuel feedstocks for production of fuels, feed and industrially valuable chemicals. Issues in feedstock utilization such as suitability, availability, sustainability and economic viability will be addressed. This course will cover the preprocessing, post processing and fermentation technologies in ethanol production. Influence of feedstock composition and process technologies on ethanol and coproducts will be discussed.

3 Winter Annually
Graduate
Course Description Credits Term Frequency
BEE 472/572 Intro to Food Engineering Principles

This course is the first in a two-course sequence for non-engineering majors.  BEE 472/572 provides principles of mass and energy conservation plus fundamentals of fluid flow dynamics as applied to food processing operations.

5 Fall Annually
BEE 473/573 Intro to Process Engineering Design

This Course is the second in a two-course sequence for non-engineering majors. BEE 473/573 topics include conservation of mass and energy plus fundamentals of heat transfer as applied to food processing operations

3 Winter Annually
BEE 485/585 Metabolic Systems Engineering

Mathematical and experimental techniques for quantitative descriptions of microbial bioreaction processes and an introduction to the principles and methodologies of metabolic engineering.  Pre-requisites:  Differential equations, linear algebra, biochemistry.

3 Spring Biannually
BEE 511/411 Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Design (ECampus)

Empowers students interested in global change research to focus on the interactions between changes in human land use and climate. Using an innovative online data and mapping tool called Data Basin, students will explore topics accessing the highest quality datasets available in an all-in-one platform.

3 Annually
BEE 512 Physical Hydrology

Principles of hydrologic processes and the integration of these processes into the hydrologic cycle. Topics include atmospheric processes, precipitation and runoff, storm response in streamflow on a watershed scale, and major concepts in groundwater systems. PREREQS: One year of calculus.

3 Fall Annually
BEE 525/CE 540 Stochastic Hydrology

Study the elements of randomness embedded in the hydrological processes with emphasis on time series analysis, stationarity, periodic/trend component, stochastic component, time series synthesis, ARMA model, spatial sampling and scale variability. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: BEE 512

3 Spring Biannually
BEE 529 Biosystems Modeling Techniques

Development of mathematical models of biological and ecological systems; linear and nonlinear systems analysis; stochastic modeling and random processes; model solution and analysis techniques.

3 Winter Annually
BEE 533/433 Irrigation System Design

Principles of soil physics and plant water use applied to irrigation system design. Design of gravity, pressurized, and trickle irrigation systems, improving on-farm water management, performance characteristics of pumps and other irrigation equipment. Lec/lab. Offered alternate years.

4 Spring Annually
BEE 542 Vadose Zone Transport

Introduction to the physical and hydraulic properties involved in flow from the soil surface to groundwater. Classical infiltration equations will be derived and presented with exact and approximate solutions. Attention is focused on application to pollutant transport and recent advances in non-ideal flow. Recommended prereq: MTH 254

4 Fall Biannually (Odd Years)
BEE 544/ CE 640 ST Open Channel Hydraulics (currently offered by CE dept)

Contact Civil Engineering department for course information.

3 Winter Biannually
BEE 545 Sediment Transport

Principles of sediment erosion, transportation and deposition in rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries; measurement, analysis, and computational techniques.  Offered alternate years.  Recommended Prereq:  CE 313

4 Spring Biannually
BEE 546/446 River Engineering

Multipurpose river use; natural physical processes in alluvial rivers; channel modification practices; river structures; design practices; impact of river modification; problem analysis; and impact minimization. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: CE 313

4 Spring Biannually (Odd Years)
BEE 549 Regional Hydrologic Modeling

Challenges in regional-scale water resource analysis and management with emphasis on application to production agriculture.  Application of geostatistical techniques to spatially variable systems and remote sensing to large-scale water resource systems.  Development of soil-water-atmosphere-plant models.  Analysis of evapotranspiration estimating methods.  Offered alternate years.

3 Winter Biannually
BEE 558/458 Nonpoint Source Pollution

Problem solving in nonpoint source pollution. Methods for evaluating the extent, rate, timing, and fate of Non-Point Source (NPS) pollutants in agricultural and urban environments.  Offered yearly in Spring term, as a hybrid section for even years and an ecampus section for odd years.

3 Spring Annually
BEE 568/468 Bioremediation Engineering

Examines strategies for using a variety of biological processes for treating municipal, agricultural and industrial contaminants. PREREQS: MTH 251 and professional school or graduate standing.

3 Winter Annually
BEE 572/472 Intro to Food Engineering Principles

This course is the first in a two-course sequence for non-engineering majors.  BEE 472/572 provides principles of mass and energy conservation plus fundamentals of fluid flow dynamics as applied to food processing operations.

5 Fall Annually
BEE 573/472 Intro to Food Engineering Process Design

This Course is the second in a two-course sequence for non-engineering majors. BEE 473/573 topics include conservation of mass and energy plus fundamentals of heat transfer as applied to food processing operations

3 Winter Annually
BEE 590 Bioprocess Control Systems

Analysis and control of biological and biochemical systems. Stability, observability, controllability, pole-placement methods. Introduction to optimal control and feed back systems. PREREQS: MTH 251 and MTH 306 and BEE 571 or equivalent.

3 Spring Biannually
BEE 599/499 (578/478) Biofuel Feedstocks Production

Bioethenal is one of the important alternatives to fossil fuels. This course will provide an overview of the biofuel feedstocks for production of fuels, feed and industrially valuable chemicals. Issues in feedstock utilization such as suitability, availability, sustainability and economic viability will be addressed. This course will cover the preprocessing, post processing and fermentation technologies in ethanol production. Influence of feedstock composition and process technologies on ethanol and coproducts will be discussed.

3 Winter Annually
BEE 691 Advanced Bioproduct Systems - Microbial Fuel Cells

Fundamentals of fuel cell.  Electricity generating microorganisms.  Electron transfer mechanism microbial fuel cell (MFC).  Parameters for evaluating MFC performance.  MFC reactor configuration.  Potential applications of MFC.  Production of hydrogen using microbial-electrolyzer (adapted MFC); fundamentals of electrolyzer; factors affect the bio-electrolyzer performance and reactor configuration; comparison with other H2 generation technologies.

2 Fall Biannually