Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major

Engineering for a sustainable world

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) prepares students to solve real-world problems with practical, sustainable solutions. We bring together biological sciences, engineering principles, and technology to address society's growing demands for material, food, and energy using renewable resources.

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineers are critical in addressing some of the world’s most urgent, pressing problems—from environmental protection to circular economies, to food security and renewable energy.

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


Bioproducts Engineering Specialization
Use science and engineering principles to develop new and sustainable ways to make products, including biofuels, bioenergy, biodegradable plastics, building materials, paper, and chemicals.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering Specialization
Focus on engineering applications for land and water resources, air and soil quality, environmental remediation, ecosystem services, and ecological restoration.

Food Engineering Specialization
Design and develop systems for safe production, processing, distributing, and storing food—from raw ingredients like fruits and vegetables to alternative proteins.

Major Highlights:

  • Over 95% job placement rates
  • $64,857-$82,000 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

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Josh Goering

I was interested in studying sustainable production methods that used renewable resources, like algae being used to produce oils and fuels.

-Josh G., Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major

Shahar T. posed outdoors wearing glasses and a sweater

Originally, I planned on studying chemical engineering. Thankfully, during freshman orientation, my academic advisor directed me to BBE. I love that we focus on both people and the environment, and I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to study here for 4 years.

                                   -Shahar T., Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major

Lauren Stach, a woman with long dark hair and a black sweater paired with a white turtle neck, stands near the St. Paul student center.

The small size of the program, the opportunity to participate in research within the department as an undergraduate student, and the focus on sustainability and renewable feedstocks made BBE stand out amongst the other engineering majors here at the U.

                                  -Lauren S., Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Major


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The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering  Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Biological Engineering Program Criteria.

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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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