Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major

Engineering for a sustainable world

A degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering prepares students to address society's growing demands for material, food, and energy using renewable resources. Develop engineering solutions that not only protect, but also enhance our environment.

The BBE degree has commonalities with chemical engineering and environmental engineering with the same scientific foundations, but BBE diverges from chemical engineering with a singular focus on renewable resources, like algae, wood, organic waste, etc.. Discover new technologies exploring renewable energy and bio-based materials and chemicals. BBE differs from environmental engineering by having a stronger focus on the protection and enhancement of natural systems, like rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

Check out our major featured in CSE's major viewbook. BBE is on page 11!


Bioproducts Engineering Specialization
Develop sustainable products and manufacturing processes to meet the world's growing material, chemical, and energy demands. 

Environmental and Ecological Engineering Specialization
Explore, develop, and implement effective systems to reduce human impact on our planet.

Food Engineering Specialization
Design systems and processes to create affordable, nutritious, and safe food.

Major Highlights:

  • Over 95% job placement rates
  • $64,857 estimated starting salary of our graduates
  • 4+1 Integrated Degree Program—earn two degrees (bachelor’s and master’s) with our 5-year integrated program

Download the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering major overview PDF


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The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),

How to Apply and Collegiate Affiliation

The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering degree program is offered by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) in collaboration with the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Students can apply for admission through either college. Degrees are conferred by the CSE.

BBE Honors Experience

Major Coordinator(s)

Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies if you have questions about the program or applying

Professor Bo Hu
316 Bio AgEng, 
1390 Eckles Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
[email protected]
+1 612-625-4215 (0)

Academic Advisor(s)

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