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BA 510, Managerial Accounting & Control Concepts
Basic cost concepts, measures, methods and systems of internal accounting useful for managerial planning, implementation, control and performance evaluation.  Includes cost analysis relevant for non-routine decision-making. Prerequisite: BA 410 and MBA program "computer ability" foundation requirement met, or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in College of Business and Administration graduate program or consent of department.

BA 540, Managerial & Organizational Behavior
Case analyses of human problems in the business organization.  Application of findings of behavioral science research to organization problems. Development of direction and leadership skills. Prerequisite: BA 440 or equivalent.  Restricted to enrollment in College of Business and Administration graduate program or consent of department.

IMAE 450, Project Management
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the project management process followed by an in-depth examination of the activities needed to successfully initiate, plan, schedule, and control the time and cost factors of the project.  Prerequisite: IT 375, 382, 392, or consent of instructor.

GEOG 522, Environmental and Energy Economics
Economics of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources management and environmental policy. Topics covered include: static and dynamic efficiency, market efficiency and market failures (market power, externalities and public goods), the economics of nonrenewable resource extraction, renewable resources management (with a focus on forests and water), mechanism design choices and their implementation in the real world, and the role of the private and public sectors in research and development.

GEOL 588, Global Energy Resources
Ready access to energy is essential to sustaining modern societies. This course will discuss the nature of the resources that have been, are, or potentially could be used to provide energy in the US and around the globe, including fossil fuels, nuclear energy resources, bioenergy resources and emerging energy resources such as geothermal, wind, tidal, and solar energy.

ME 446, Energy Management
Fundamentals and various levels of analysis for energy management of commercial buildings and industrial processes and buildings. Use of energy management systems and economic evaluations are required in course projects. Prerequisite: ME 302.

ME 568, Alternative Energy and Fuel Resources
This course covers alternatives for energy resources and the impact of human growth on energy usage and its environmental consequences. The course describes the fossil fuel era, renewable energy resources, and the hydrogen fuel era. The fundamentals of each of these fuel types, their conversion to usable energy and the potential of each of these fuels for the future are discussed. Prerequisite: ENGR 300 and ME 410, or instructor’s consent.

ELECTIVES (PLEASE NOTE: This list is not exhaustive):

ABE 440, Natural and Environmental Resource Economics and Policy
Students will study the application of socioeconomic principles to problems related to natural and environmental resources. The course covers the policy context within which policies related to natural and environmental resources are developed and implemented as well as the range of policy tools available for addressing environmental/natural resource problems. The institutional setting for dealing with natural and environmental resources is presented along with the role of property rights and entitlements. Contemporary resource problems are used as examples. Prerequisite:  six hours of agribusiness economics, economics, or geography; graduate status; or consent of instructor.

ABE 453, Agribusiness Planning Techniques
Application of mathematical programming to agribusiness and farm planning, including enterprise selection, resource allocation, least cost ration formulation, decision making under risk and uncertainty, transportation and location problems. Emphasis placed on modeling problems and interpretation of results. Restricted to junior standing or consent of instructor.

BA 503, Management of Change
The methods and processes of planned change are examined.  Special emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of continuous improvement systems and related issues of managing constant change.  Change models are viewed in the context of international competitiveness and a dynamic global environment.  Restricted to enrollment in College of Business and Administration graduate program or consent of department.

BA 530, Financial Management
Provide a broad overview of basic concepts, principles, and recent innovations in financial management. Topics covered will include risk and return, valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, dividend policy, financial planning, international financial management and corporate restructuring. Prerequisite: BA 510, ECON 240 and 241 or equivalent, Finance 330 with a grade of C or better. Restricted to enrollment in College of Business and Administration graduate program or consent of the department. Students who have had Finance 361 or its equivalent or were undergraduate finance majors are not allowed in 530 and should take 531 instead.

BA 550, Marketing Management
A managerial approach to the study of marketing. Emphasis is on the nature and scope of the marketing manager’s responsibilities and on marketing decision-making. Prerequisite: BA 450 or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in the College of Business and Administration or consent of the department.

ECE 486 Clean Electric Energy 
History and Future of Energy Resources and their use as a component of Electrical Systems.  Energy Resources (Fossil, Nuclear, Hydro, Fuel Cell, Wind, Solar, Tidal, Waste, Bio-Energy, Oceanic, Renewable, etc).  Environmental and Economical Impacts of various Energy Sources.  Electric Energy Generating Plants.  Renewable Energy.  Special approval needed from the instructor.

ERP 501, Economic Systems & Environmental Change
Investigation of the social forces driving natural resource use and environmental change, including population growth, the globalization and migration of economic activity, changing land use patterns, and economic and technological trends in the major resource use sectors; energy, agriculture, water, and forestry. Principles of environmental impact assessment, ecological footprint analysis and industrial ecology are introduced.  The challenge of sustainable development sets the stage for an analysis of the future adequacy of natural resources based on which societies and economies depend. Prerequisite: ERP 500.

ERP 502, Environmental Decision Making
Analytical concepts relevant for environmental professionals will be taught and demonstrated through case studies.  Topics to be covered include risk assessment and risk management, formulation of environmental impact statements, cost effectiveness and cost benefit analysis, and methods of conflict resolution. The role of economic incentives in encouraging conservation, the role of multiple institutional players in environmental decision-making at various geographic scales (local, state, international, global), and the use of the Internet as a source of environmental information will be emphasized.

GEOL 420, Petroleum Geology
The geological occurrences of petroleum, including origin, migration and accumulation; a survey of exploration methods; and production problems and techniques. Laboratory study applies geological knowledge to the search for and production of petroleum and natural gas. Prerequisite: GEOL 221, 224.

GEOL 421, Organic Geochemistry
The nature, origin and fate of natural and artificial organic materials in rocks and sediments.  Topics include characterization of fossil fuels using biological marker compounds, petroleum source rock evaluation, and organic pollutants in the environment. Prerequisite: GEOL 325 or consent of instructor.

MBMB 421, Biotechnology
(Same as MICR 421.)  Topics covered will include the genetic basis of the revolution in biotechnology, medical applications including genetic screening and therapeutic agents, industrial biotechnology and fermentation, and agricultural applications. Three hours lecture. Fall semester. Prerequisite: MICR 302, or consent of instructor.

ME 408, Energy Conversion Systems
Principles of advanced energy conversion systems: nuclear power plants, combined cycles, magnetohydrodynamics, cogeneration (electricity and process steam), and heat pumps. Constraints on design and use of energy conversion systems; energy resources, environmental effects, and economics. Prerequisite: ME 301 or 400.

ME 435, Design of Mass Transfer Processes
Design principles of mass transfer processes. The rate mechanism of molecular, convective and interphase mass diffusion. The design of selected industrial mass transport process operations such as absorption, humidification, water cooling, drying and distillation. Prerequisite: ME 302.

ME 493 Materials in Energy Applications
Materials are central to every energy technology.  The course will provide information on high performance materials for alternative energy technologies and developing a fundamental understanding of their structure-property-performance relationships.  It will include materials for fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, photovoltaics, solar energy conversion, thermoelectrics, and hydrogen production and storage, catalysts for fuel conversion.  Prerequisite: ME 312.

ME 539, Catalysis in Energy Processes
This course spans the full range from fundamentals of kinetics and heterogeneous catalysis via modern experimental and theoretical results of model studies to their equivalent large-scale energy processes.  Several processes are discussed including hydrogen production, fuel cells, liquid fuel synthesis.  Prerequisite:  ME 410 or consent of instructor.

MFGS 550, Project Leadership
This course is designed to develop a graduate student’s human relationship skills for leading project teams.  Through the use of case studies and practical applications, students will learn effective leadership, team development, motivational and organizational planning, and conflict resolution practices.

PSAS 433, Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology
(Same as Animal Science 433) (Same as Plant and Soil Science 433.) This course will cover the basic principles of plant and animal biotechnology using current examples; gene mapping in breeding, transgenic approaches to improve crop plants and transgenic approaches to improve animals will be considered. Technology transfer from laboratory to marketplace will be considered. An understanding of gene mapping, cloning, transfer and expression will be derived. Special approval needed from the department.