Biological Systems Engineering



B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering


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

This major leads to rewarding careers in Biomedical Engineering, Bioenergy and 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.

Examples of topics addressed in the curriculum include watershed protection, ecosystem restoration, nonpoint source pollution control, bioremediation, and pollution prevention; extrusion and bioreactor design, pharmaceutical and animal health product production, and plant and animal protection; surgical and prosthetic device development, biomechanics, biosignal and image processing, and biomedical imaging and tissue engineering.  The curriculum emphasizes report writing, speaking, and teamwork, as well as computer-aided design. 


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

Emphasis Areas
Biomedical 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
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
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.

Our graduates are prepared for a variety of industries and careers.
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Treatment
  • Prosthetics Design
  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Food and Bioproducts Development
  • Flood Mitigation and Erosion Control
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Medicine and research

  • National Instruments
  • State of Nebraska
  • Olsson Associates
  • Cargill
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Medtronic
  • Black & Veatch

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