Agricultural & Environmental Technology (TAE) College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

TAE 010 — Introduction to Agricultural & Environmental Technologies (3 units)

Course Description: Technologies of agriculture and the environmental sciences. History & revolution of industrial technology and its impacts on agriculture, environment, energy, and bioproducts; types of sensing technologies; communication and information transfer technologies; artificial intelligence, technologies for control of automatic processes; technologies for the production of food, bioproducts, clean energy and water purification; gene-editing technology; wearable technologies.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture 2 hour(s); Discussion 1 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to Agricultural & Environmental Technologies majors and students in College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • General Education: Oral Skills (OL).
  • This course version is effective from, and including: Winter Quarter 2023.

TAE 020 — Sustainable Energy Technologies (4 units)

Course Description: Sustainable and efficient energy technologies and their application in agriculture and other sectors. Basic principles of energy efficiency, conservation, and conversion technologies using solar, wind, water, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable sources. Environmental impacts and energy policy. Experiential learning about solar drying, controlled environment agriculture, net-zero energy building, electricity generation, energy storage, biofuels, and integrated waste management; field visits.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture/Discussion 3 hour(s), Lecture/Lab 3 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to Agricultural & Environmental Technology and Biological Systems Engineering students.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • General Education: Science & Engineering (SE); Quantitative Literacy (QL).
  • This course version is effective from, and including: Winter Quarter 2023.

TAE 030 — Mobile Communication & Computing Technologies for Agriculture & the Environment (4 units)

Course Description: Modern computer technologies and the applications of sensing technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture and the environment. IoT and embedded devices; history and evolution of IoT, communication, and computing technologies; sensors and actuators; microcontrollers; data communication technology; introduction to data analysis and data visualization; designing web applications; and hands‐on IoT-based projects.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture 2 hour(s), Discussion 1 hour(s), Laboratory 3 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to students in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • General Education: Quantitative Literacy (QL); Visual Literacy (VL).

TAE 100 — Smart Control Systems for Agricultural & Environmental Technologies (4 units)

Course Description: Smart devices that communicate, sense their environment, and control their environment. Application examples include smart plant & animal care, and irrigation & fertigation. Technologies include Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for applications in agricultural, environmental, and food sciences.

Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing; TAE 030 recommended.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture 2 hour(s), Discussion/Laboratory 2 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to Agricultural & Environmental Technology majors.
  • Credit Limitation(s): Only 3 units of credit if the student has taken EME 172, EEC 157A, and EEC 157B.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • This course version is effective from, and including: Winter Quarter 2023.

TAE 121 — Controlled Environments for Plants & Animals (4 units)

Course Description: Principles of environmental control (temperature, humidity, lighting, CO2, air circulation, air quality) for plants and animals. Psychrometrics and applications. Energy-efficient building envelopes for greenhouses, vertical farmings, and animal barns. Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting and CO2 enrichment systems, growing substrates, and irrigation systems. Control systems (sensors and sensing for automated control). Visiting controlled environment facilities.

Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing in Agricultural Environmental Technology; or consent of instructor.

  • Learning Activities: Lecture/Discussion 3 hour(s); Laboratory 3 hour(s).
  • Enrollment Restriction(s): Pass One restricted to Agricultural & Environmental Technology or Biological Systems Engineering majors only.
  • Grade Mode: Letter.
  • General Education: Science & Engineering (SE); Quantitative Literacy (QL); Writing Experience (WE).
  • This course version is effective from, and including: Winter Quarter 2023.