The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discovers and teaches solutions for the sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment.
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering integrates engineering, science, technology, and management into all degree programs taught by internationally recognized faculty. We were one of the first departments in the country to embrace a broader bioproducts and biosystems education and research mission.
- Jointly affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Our engineering program is accredited under the Biological Engineering criteria of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Our marketing and management program is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology
By the numbers: Students and faculty
- 255 total undergraduate students in Spring 2018
- 189 students studying Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE)
- 66 students studying Sustainable Systems Management (SSM)
- 30 BBE students graduating; 1 graduating in summer
- 10 SSM students graduating; 2 graduating in summer
- 246 total undergraduate students in Fall 2017
- 196 BBE students
- 50 SSM students
- 9 BBE students graduated
- 4 SSM students graduated
- 49 total graduate students in Spring 2018
- 21 M.S. students
- 29 Ph.D students
- 53 total graduate students in Fall 2017
- 23 M.S. students
- 31 Ph.D students
- More than 30 core faculty
- About 20 adjunct faculty
- All with various backgrounds and expertise in agriculture, forest products, engineering, business, plants, water management, and more
- See faculty directory
We discover innovative solutions to address challenges in the sustainable production and consumption of food, feed, fiber, materials, and chemicals while enhancing the environment.
Our research is focused on eight key areas:
Extension and outreach
We are committed to making a public impact through community engagement and Extension efforts. We develop and deliver high quality, regionally and nationally-recognized research-based programs to meet current and emerging needs of industry and communities.
We have a long-standing tradition of close partnerships with alumni, industry professionals, organizations, government agencies, donors, and community members. The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Advisory Council provides counsel and support to the department and employment opportunities to our students and graduates.
100 Years of history
The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering proudly celebrated its 100th year in 2009. Our rich history can trace its roots to agricultural engineering and forest products.
To integrate engineering, science, technology, and management for sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment.
To be global leaders in the discovery, development, and application of renewable resources and sustainable technologies to meet society's needs while enhancing the environment in Minnesota and beyond.