Engineering for a sustainable world
A degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering prepares students to address society's growing material, food, and energy demands using renewable resources, and develop engineering solutions to protect and enhance our environment. The BBE degree has commonalities with chemical engineering and environmental engineering, with the same scientific foundations as these and other engineering disciplines. BBE diverges from chemical engineering with a singular focus on renewable resources (algae, wood, organic waste, etc.) to produce 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 such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands.
Bioproducts Engineering Specialization
Developing 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 and solutions to reduce human impact on our natural environment.
Design systems and processes to create affordable, nutritious, and safe food.
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Is BBE for you?
BBE may be for you if you're interested in the following areas:
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, biopharmaceuticals, waste treatment, and utilization.
We focus on solutions involving biological systems, resources, 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—both agricultural and natural resource systems.
Other related fields
Given the strong scientific and engineering background, students and graduates can pursue further education in related fields including: medicine, law, business and many other industries.
You may schedule an appointment in one of three ways:
- Schedule an appointment online
- Email your advisor
- Call 612-624-2890
Contacting the Director of the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering undergraduate program can also be helpful in answering your BBE major-specific questions.