Biological Systems Engineering


Biological Systems Engineering brings engineering to life—by working with living systems using engineering, biology, and mathematics to improve peoples' lives and our world.

Would you like to use your math and science skills to help people or the environment? How about designing a medical instrument that makes surgery easier or designing a way to prevent soil erosion? How about inventing the latest and greatest food snack or discovering a new way of making fuel for cars?

This major leads to rewarding careers in Biomedical Engineering, Bioenergy & Food Engineering, and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. We provide students with a broad, flexible engineering background with a biological emphasis. A high percentage of graduates go to work immediately in well-paid positions. Many of our students go on to professional careers in engineering, law, medicine, food research, and academia. One thing is for certain—you'll never be bored in this field of study.

The B.S. Degree in Biological Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Emphasis Areas

In Biological Systems Engineering you can specialize in...

Ultrasound in Biomedical Engineering Erosion Control in Environmental Engineering Meat Safety in Food and Bioproducts Engineering
Biomedical Engineering. Medical Imaging, surgical tool design, tissue engineering, prosthetic design, and rehabilitation engineering are just a few of the emerging fields in this specialty. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. Learn about nonpoint source pollution, restoring streams, lakes, and wetlands, and how water resources engineering plays a role in sustaining our environment. Bioenergy and Food  Engineering. Discover new possibilities for bioproducts and bioenergy: from biodiesel and ethanol to new uses for grain by-products as well as improving food safety and quality.