Biological Systems Engineering

Emphasis Courses (Need at least 9 hours):
+ (Offered in Fall)    (Offered in Spring)

Water and Environmental

Recommended Electives:
BIOS 220 /222 Princ. of Ecology  + (222 Fall only)
BSEN 326 Intro to Env. Engr. +
BSEN 350 Soil & Wtr. Res. Engr.  +
BSEN 355 Intro to Ecological Engr.
BSEN 441 Animal Waste Mngmt.  + (even years only)
BSEN 453 Irrigation & Drainage Sys. Engr.  +
BSEN 455 NP Source Poll. Ctrl. Engr.  + (odd years only)
BSEN 468 Wetlands 
BSEN 425 Proc. Dsgn. in Wtr. Supp. & Wastewater Trtmt. 
CIVE 458 Groundwater Engr. +

--Other Electives--
NRES 361 Soils, Env. & Wtr. Quality   •
NRES 412 or CIVE 221 Intro to GIS  +   •
NRES 451 Soil Env. Chem.   •
NRES 460 Soil Microbiology   •
BIOS 206 General Genetics  +   •
BSEN 422 Poll. Prev.: Princ. & Prac.  +
AGEN 443 Dsgn. of Light-Frame Struc.  +
CHME 489 Air Poll., Assess., & Ctrl.  +
CIVE 327 Env. Engr. Lab.  +
CIVE 334 Intro to Geotech. Engr.   •
CIVE 419 Flow Sys. Dsgn.   •
CIVE 431 Small Trtmt. Sys.   •
CIVE 452 Wtr. Res. Development  +
CIVE 454 Hydraulic Engr.  +
CIVE 456 Surface Wtr. Hydro.   •

Food and Bioprocess

Recommended Electives:
BIOS 312 Microbiology  +  •
BSEN 303 Princ. of Proc. Engr.  •
BSEN 326 Intro to Env. Engr.  +  •
BSEN 444Biomass and Bioenergy Engr. +(even years only)
BSEN 446 Unit Op. of Bio. Proc.  •
CHME 473 Biochem. Engr.   •

--Other Electives--
ASCI 210 Animal Prod.  +  •
ASCI 410 Proc. Meats   •
BIOS 205 Gen., Molec., & Cell. Bio. Lab.  +  •
BIOS 206 General Genetics  +   •
BIOS 314 Microbio. Lab.  +   •
CHME 442 Chem. Reactor Engr. & Dsgn.  +
CHME 452 Chem. Engr. Proc. Ec. & Optimization  +
FDST 406 Food Microbio. Lab.  +
FDST 412 Cereal Tech.  +
FDST 448/449 Food Chem.  +  
FDST 455 Microbio. of Fermented Foods   •
FDST 458 Adv. Food Analysis   •
CHEM 252/254 Organic Chem. II  +  •
CHEM 471 Physical Chem.  +  •
MATL 360 Elem. of Material Sci.  +  •
MECH 480 Num. Methods in Engr.  +


Recommended Electives:
BIOS 213 Human Phys.  +   •
BIOS 214 Human Anatomy  +  •
PHYS 212 General Physics II  +   •
BSEN 311 Biomed. Sign. & Sys. Analysis  •
BSEN 416 Intro to Biomaterials  +

--Biomaterials Electives--
BSEN 418 Tissue Engr.   •
MECH 325 Mech. of Elast. Bodies  +   •
MECH 448 Adv. Mech. of Materials  +

--Biomechanics Electives--
BSEN 418 Tissue Engr.   •
MECH 350 Intro to Dyn. & Ctrl. of Engr. Sys.  +  •
MECH 342 Kin. & Dyn. of Mach.  +  •
MECH 330 Mech. Engr. Analysis  +
MECH 325 Mech. of Elast. Bodies  +  •
MECH 453 Robotics: Kin. & Dsgn.  +

--Biosensors Electives--
ECEN 215 Elec. & Circuits I  +  •
CHME 442 Chem. Reactor Engr. & Dsgn.  +
ECEN 216 Elec. & Circuits II  +   •
CHME 482 Polymers  +
ECEN 400 Elec. Instrumentation  +
CHEM 486 Electrochem. Engr.  +

--Medical Imaging--
BSEN 414 Med. Imaging. Sys.  +
ECEN 306 Electromag. Field Theory  +   •
MECH 416 Engr. Acoustics   •
ECEN 463 Digital Sign. Proc.  +
ECEN 486 Applied Photonics  +

--Biological Sciences--
BIOC 432 Gene Exp. & Repl. +  •
BIOS 456 Math. Models in Bio.  +
BIOS 312 Microbiology  +  •
BIOS 477 Bioinfo. & Molec. Evol.  +  •
BIOS 412 Human Genetics  +

BSEN Graduation Checklist

• Submit an Application for Admission to the Biological Systems Engineering degree program. 43 credit hours applicable to the program are required for acceptance. Must be completed prior to taking 62 hours.

• Submit an Application for Minor for your minor program(s), if any. This must be approved before submission of your senior check form.

• Submit a Senior Check Form, with a degree audit report summary (DARS), prior to your last semester of study.

• Make plans for after graduation.

• Submit an Application for Degree at beginning of term of graduation.

Educational Objectives

The faculty in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering have established several broad goals for students. These goals emphasize education instead of training, and they focus on the whole person, rather than narrow technical skills.
The overall objective of the educational programs of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering is to provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of science and engineering and apply them to improved methods of producing and processing food, agricultural, and biological materials with consideration to wise and responsible use of resources for the benefit of global society.

Biological Systems Engineering (BSEN) is an accredited engineering program by ABET, inc. ABET accredited programs publish their "Program Objectives" for access by employers, parents, students, and others interested in what graduates of the programs are "expected to attain within a few years of graduation." The following are the Program Objectives for Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska.

BSEN Program Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, BSEN alumni will share the attribute of improving the organization for which they work, and the community and country in which they live. They will do this whether they are involved in biomedical engineering, water resources or environmental engineering, bioenergy or food engineering, or other professional endeavors such as business, law or medicine. In doing so, they will:

  1. provide innovative and effective solutions to problems in a variety of work environments through the use of their unique background in biological systems engineering and the biological sciences;
  2. look beyond components in isolation thereby providing holistic solutions to complex issues involving, for example, interactions at the ecosystem, organism, organ, cellular or subcellar level;
  3. think logically using appropriate elements of mathematics, science and engineering to develop, manage and interpret data, to correctly interpret new research findings and, to design new systems for the benefit of society;
  4. successfully integrate technical knowledge with organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills to lead and work effectively in teams, and to articulate the role of engineering decisions in the workplace, community and world;
  5. responsibly address issues such as health and safety, personal and professional ethics, cultural diversity, as well as the social, environmental and global impacts of their work; and
  6. continue their personal growth, education, and professional development, and professional and community service through various opportunities provided by institutions, professional organizations, and other venues