Learn the fundamentals of designing agricultural machinery, equipment and structures. Devise more efficient ways to use natural resources and reduce pollution. Develop ways to make biofuels from agricultural products, byproducts and waste.
Our graduates are problem solvers in agribusiness.
Courses in math, soils and fluid mechanics prepare you for more advanced courses in irrigation design, geographic information systems (GIS) and pesticides in the environment. Much of your education takes place in labs, where you will:
- Explore water quality and use in the water resources lab.
- Make discoveries about renewable energy in the biodiesel and biofuel labs.
- Design controls and switches in the power lab.
- Use computer-aided design technology (CAD) in the computing lab.
In your senior year, you will draw on everything you have learned to solve a real-world problem for an industry sponsor. Working in a team with classmates, you might transform used French fry cooking oil into biodiesel for the J. R. Simplot Company, or design a better conveyor belt gate for Key Technologies. Present your findings at the University of Idaho Engineering Expo where future employers judge student projects.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year. Many students conduct research with professors in biological and agricultural engineering.