Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major

Engineering for a sustainable world

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 or biochemical processes, biobased products, and biological systems to create sustainable solutions to address these global issues.


Three areas of emphasis

After your sophomore year, combine your interests with one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Food engineering emphasis
    Create sustainable solutions to address the global need for food security and healthy food and healthy lives.

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Is bioproducts and biosystems engineering for you?

Bioproducts and biosystems engineering may be for you if you're interested in the following areas:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering

We use biology in addition to other basic sciences as the scientific foundation of our engineering solutions. We emphasize the use of biological resources, biological systems, and processes from molecular to the ecosystem scale.

As in chemical engineering, you will use biology and chemistry in various bio-based manufacturing processes including fermentation, filtration, chromatography, membrane separation, etc.

You will learn to apply your skills to biomaterials, biochemicals, bioenergy, food processing, and biopharmaceuticals waste treatment and utilization.

Environmental engineering

Environmental engineering

We emphasize the use of biological resources, biological systems or materials, and processes from the molecular to the ecosystem scale.

Unlike environmental engineering, we emphasize integrating basic engineering principles, science, and design with the principles of biology and ecology.

You will learn to take a more natural, ecological approach to address environmental issues and develop sustainable solutions. You will also learn how to address engineering problems using a systems approach.

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.

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering

We emphasize 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. You can apply your interest in robotics to solve problems related to agricultural, water, land, and air systems.

Health-related fields

Health-related fields

Similar to other programs, given the emphasis on biology in addition to other basic sciences, you can pursue further education in medicine and other health-related fields.

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