Why BBE @ UMN?

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What is BBE?

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. This major offers three specializations:

  • Bioproducts engineers 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 engineers focus on engineering applications for land and water resources, air and soil quality, environmental remediation, ecosystem services, and ecological restoration.
  • Food engineers design and develop systems for production, processing, distributing, and storing food and agricultural materials.

Close-knit community

  • With average class sizes of around 20 students, students get to know their professors, providing students with more opportunities in undergraduate research, co-ops, and internships across the country. 
  • Over 75 percent of our undergraduates have hands-on engineering experience before graduation. 
  • About 1 in 3 undergraduate students receive departmental scholarships in the amount of about $10,000 for four years. 
  • We solicit real industrial problems for our seniors to tackle along with the support from industry and faculty advisors

Outstanding Career Outcomes

Closely aligned with employer demand, this accredited program offers excellent career opportunities in industry, government agencies, corporations, and consulting firms. BBE graduates have a 95% job placement rate within one year of graduation.

The estimated starting salary range for our graduates is $64,857-$82,000.