Bioproducts Engineering

Addressing the demand for materials and energy using renewable resources

bioproducts engineering student in the labBioproducts engineers design, develop and implement sustainable solutions to meet the world's growing materials, chemical and energy demands using renewable resources. From biofuels, renewable energy, renewable materials and biochemicals - including bioplastics, pulp and paper, biocomposites and advanced building materials - students are prepared to play a vital role in the global, sustainable bio-economy.

Bioproducts engineering students can tailor their education to their personal interests and career objectives. Graduates will be prepared for careers in the conventional and emerging bio-based industry. Graduates will also be prepared for continuing their education at the graduate level in engineering, science, medicine, law, and business.


Students in this program will graduate from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) with an emphasis (or major sub-plan) in Bioproducts Engineering (which will appear on the official transcript). Students can apply for admission to BBE through either the College of Science and Engineering or through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (listed as "Pre-BBE").


4-Year Plan - Bioproducts engineering students follow a 4-Year Plan to ensure they take courses in sequence.

Courses and Electives - Students are fortunate to take courses from internationally-recognized faculty.

Minors, Certificates, Licensure

Scholarships - Bioproducts engineering students have access to not only University and college scholarships, but also to department scholarships.


The future is bright for bioproducts engineering students and graduates. Recent graduates are employed by a variety of industries.

Beyond the Classroom

Student Groups - Being engaged outside the classroom is beneficial for students. This department has several student groups, as does CFANS and CSE.

Research - There are several opportunities for students to gain experience in a research environment. Related research areas within BBE include:

Bioproducts Engineering at the University of Minnesota

Current Students

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