What is Biosystems Engineering?
The study of biosystems engineering merges engineering and agricultural science to improve our quality of life while maintaining the environment and preserving our natural resources.
Biosystems engineers work at the interface of biology and technology to address problems and opportunities related to food, water, energy and the environment – all of which are critical to the future of our growing society. They improve systems for efficient and effective production, processing, storage and handling of food, feed, fiber and many other biological products.
Why Study Biosystems Engineering?
With a growing population and increased pressure on our natural resources, new technologies and approaches are needed. A high demand for biosystems engineering professionals equates to an opportunity for you to start a rewarding career while solving some of the greatest issues that face our society today.
What Could I Do With a Degree in Biosystems Engineering?
Within biosystems engineering, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.
- Bioprocessing and Food Processing
Bioprocessing is the merging of engineering and biological sciences. Graduates can work in alternative fuels, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, and the development of industrial products using techniques including fermentation and extraction. Food processing involves the design of processes and equipment to produce foods and other “value-added” products. Graduates work in product development and testing, food safety and quality, packaging, storage and handling, and system optimization.
- Environmental and Natural Resources
This option uses engineering and technology for natural resource systems and environmental sustainability. Graduates can go into areas such as hydrology, storm water management, erosion control, and soil and water protection.
- Machine Systems and Agricultural Engineering
This option focuses on the analysis and design of machines that interact with biological materials including soil, plants and animals. Graduates may be involved in off-road equipment design, sensors and control systems, design of intelligent machines and precision agriculture.
Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.
Freshman and transfer biosystems engineering students design a portion of the capstone senior design project.
Biosystems Engineering Highlight
Biosystems engineering students nearing completion of their undergraduate work participate in a design course spanning two semesters. The outcome of this course is a finished design that is presented in a professional manner to their corporate sponsor.
About the Department
The bachelor of science degree in biosystems engineering is accredited, along with the other engineering programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), through the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The OSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and its faculty are housed within the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR).
A Strong Partnership
The biosystems engineering degree program is jointly administered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT). This relationship means biosystems engineering students benefit from the strengths of both academic colleges. For example, students are able to take advantage of the services, scholarships and award recognition programs available in both colleges. This partnership works effectively when students receive communication from both academic colleges.
Contact the Department
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
111 Agricultural Hall
Oklahoma State University
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