Agricultural Engineering

College of Engineering



The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering program at UGA provides a fundamental understanding of the natural, mathematical, and engineering sciences and how to apply this understanding to design devices and processes.  The curriculum consists of a mathematical component that provides quantitative skills needed to measure, estimate, model, and simulate; an engineering science component that provides skills needed to integrate scientific knowledge with engineering applications; and an engineering design component that provides knowledge of the systematic process for creating new devices, systems, and structures for human use.

Students may choose from several areas of emphasis including:

* Mechanical Systems - the design of mechanical and hydraulic systems.  Course work analyzes the dynamics of machinery motion; stress/deformation/fatigue in parts; and design/selection of machinery parts such as bolted and welded connections, bearings, chain, gear, and V-belt drives and shafts.  

* Natural Resource Management - solves problems related to food, wastes, and the natural environment.  Course work involves hydraulic structure design; runoff/erosion controls for rural and urban landscapes; and odor control systems associated with rural animal production and urban bioconversion.

* Process Operations – the application of the physical, natural, and engineering sciences in the operation and design of manufacturing plants.   Course work involves the study of a wide range of production processes ranging from production control to materials handling.

* Structural Systems - designing structures and conditioning the environment within.  Structural types include residential, light-framed industrial, large industrial, and greenhouse buildings. Students use state-of-the-art software to evaluate form, function, and appearance of new structural designs.

The curriculum concludes with a senior project that requires students to design a useful product under the constraints typical of private practice. 

Graduates are qualified for a wide range of careers in civil, mechanical, electrical, agricultural, environmental, and process engineering areas such as design, development, testing, process control, management, electronic communications, food processing, mechanical equipment, paper production, consultation, textiles, and government.

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Agricultural Engineers

Possible paths to this career:

Agricultural engineers attempt to solve agricultural problems concerning power supplies, the efficiency of machinery, the use of structures and facilities, pollution and environmental issues, and the storage and processing of agricultural products.