Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
A unique engineering program with a bright future!
A degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering prepares students to address society's growing material, food and energy demands while protecting our environment. Students focus on bioresources, biological/biochemical processes, bio-based products and biological systems to create sustainable solutions to these global issues.
Areas of Specialization
Following their sophomore year, students combine their interests with one of the following areas of specializations (or sub-plans). Learn more about course requirements, careers, and undergraduate research opportunities:
- Bioproducts Engineering
Developing sustainable solutions to meet the world's growing materials and energy demand.
- Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Designing sound solutions to address human impact on our natural environment.
- Food Engineering
Creating solutions to address the world's growing demand for food safety and quality, and environmentally-friendly packaging.
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering graduates are qualified for a variety of careers. They work in conventional (paper, building materials, bio-based composites) and emerging industries (biofuels, renewable energy, nanotechnology). They work in the field to improve water, land and air quality. Or, they work in the thriving food industry. Check out a list of employers of our recent graduates.
The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering degree program is offered by the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) in collabration with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Students can apply for admission through either college. Degrees are conferred by the CSE.
BBE is for students interested in:
BBE uses biology in addition to other basic sciences as the scientific foundation of our engineering solutions. BBE emphasize the use of biological resources, biological systems and processes from molecular to the ecosystem scale.. As in Chemical Engineering, students in BBE use biology and chemistry in various bio-based manufacturing processes including fermentation, filtration, chromatography, membrane separation etc. BBE students learn to apply their skills to biomaterials, biochemicals, bioenergy, food processing, biopharmaceuticals waste treatment and utilization.
BBE emphasize the use of biological resources, biological systems/materials and processes from molecular to the ecosystem scale. Unlike environmental engineering, BBE emphasizes integrating basic engineering principles, science and design with the principles of biology and ecology. BBE students to learn take a more natural/ecological/ecosystems approach to addressing environmental issues and developing sustainable solutions. Examples of application areas include water quality and water resources, land use management, climate change and air quality, biosystems (agricultural and natural resource systems) and chemistry and address engineering problems using a systems approach. BBE emphasizes water quality and natural resources protection through sound watershed management.
BBE emphasizes the use of advanced mechanical systems, manufacturing and their applications to biological systems, processes, resources and bio-based solutions. Examples of applications include agricultural and natural resources based production systems. BBE students can apply their interest in robotics to solving problems related to agricultural, water, land and air systems.
Similar to other programs, given the emphasis on biology in addition to other basic sciences, BBE students can pursue further education in medicine and other health related fields.