Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering

B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering

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

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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, Food and Bioprocess 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. 

Program Educational Objectives

By two to six years after 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, environmental or water resources engineering, bioenergy and food engineering, or other professional endeavors such as business, law or medicine. In doing so, they will:

  • 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;
  • look beyond components in isolation thereby providing holistic solutions to complex issues involving (for example) interactions at the ecosystem, organism, organ, cellular or subcellular level;
  • 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;
  • successfully integrate technical knowledge with organizational, listening, communication, and interpersonal skills to lead and work effectively in teams, and to respectfully articulate the role of engineering decisions in the workplace, community, and world;
  • 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
  • continue their personal growth, professional development, and professional and community service through various opportunities provided by institutions, professional organizations and other venues.

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.

Food and Bioprocess Engineering
Food and Bioprocess 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.

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