Academics in Biological Systems Engineering
The BSEN program is an exciting and challenging field with three emphasis areas of study.
This major also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, water resources engineering, or food and bioproducts engineering, and for further education in professional schools such as medicine and law.
Students in BSEN have been very successful in passing the Fundamentals of Engineering examination which leads to registration as a Professional Engineer.
Students gain valuable experience through participation in professional organizations such as the Society of Engineering Agricultural, Food, and Biological Systems, The Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society for Women Engineers. Opportunities to attend conferences, regional meetings, and campus engineering activities contribute to a well-rounded education that combines class work with real-world experiences.
If you're looking for a career field with unlimited potential and want to make a real impact on peoples' lives, look no further. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly expanding field of study encompassing a wide variety of subject matter and research. For example, the study of medical imaging, using ultrasound and MRI, is yielding new discoveries to help doctors and patients. Surgical tool design, tissue engineering, prosthetic design, and rehabilitation engineering are just a few of the emerging fields in this specialty.
If you've ever wondered how CheetosTM are made, how the shelf life of a food product is determined, or how to know if your food is safe to eat, we'll show you how engineering applies to the science of food and agriculture. You'll also learn about the new possibilities for bioproducts and bioenergy: from biodiesel and ethanol to new uses for grain by-products such as nutraceuticals and textiles, plus plant-derived plastics, waxes, oils, and coatings. Learn about this exciting growth technology and be involved in developing new ideas and processes in food and bioproducts.
Protecting and restoring the resources of soil, air, and water that humans, animals, and plants depend on is an exciting area of study with potential in many areas. Learn about nonpoint source pollution, restoring streams, lakes, and wetlands, and how water resources engineering plays a role in sustaining our valuable natural heritage. This is a fantastic career choice for people who like to work outside and experience the hands-on results of their ideas and concepts. Study and participate in research on subject matter that makes a difference for the planet and the quality of life we have come to value.
Relevant issues: water quality and quantity, bioremediation, wetlands design, watershed management.