Bioproducts Engineering Specialization

Students work with pipettes in Professor Brett Barney's lab course.

Addressing the demand for materials and energy using renewable resources

You will be prepared to play a vital role in the global sustainable bio-economy.

  • Design and develop sustainable process and product solutions to meet the world's growing material, chemical, and energy demands
  • Apply process engineering principles and practices to renewable bioresources
  • Design and implement solutions for sustainable manufacturing of biobased green products such as biofuels, bioenergy, biochemicals, bioplastics, paper, building materials, and composites


Our curriculum has a strong foundation in math, science, and engineering fundamentals, including their applications to biological processes and resources, and their effective conversion to biobased products and their end-use applications.

Minors, certificates, licensure

Admission and degree

You can apply for admission through either the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering or through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (listed as "Pre-BBE").

You will graduate from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with a specialization (or major sub-plan) in bioproducts engineering, which will appear on your official transcript.

Research opportunities with our faculty

We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.

As a student with a specialization in bioproducts engineering, you may want to consider the following research areas within our department:

Also, explore research opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).


Learn more about careers in bioproducts engineering and see a sample list of employers.

Contact us

If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please e-mail [email protected].

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