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Graduate Program

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The Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) Graduate Progam connects engineering and biology to solve complex, critical problems that affect us all.  Our graduate program focuses in two broad areas: Biomolecular Engineering and Watershed Science and Engineering.

The Biomolecular Engineering area focuses on the design and development of processes for environmentally responsible manufacturing of food and industrial products from biological materials. Areas of interest include:

  • Bioenergy
  • Bioresidue management and utilization
  • Food safety and engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Protein/enzyme processing and engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Renewable materials
  • Synthetic biology

The Watershed Science and Engineering area focuses on environmental protection and natural resources management. Areas of interest include:

  • Ecological hydrology
  • Ecological engineering
  • Environmental health
  • Hydrologic and water quality modeling
  • Nonpoint source pollution control
  • Storm water management and low impact development
  • Stream and wetland restoration
  • Watershed management

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