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Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) Graduate Programs connects engineering and biology to solve complex, critical problems that affect us all.  Our graduate program focuses on 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:

  • Biomedical
  • 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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The overall mission of our graduate programs is to graduate biological systems engineers to support sustainable production, processing, and utilization of biological materials and to protect natural resources.

Upon completion of one of our graduate programs, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate technical competence in chosen area of study
  • demonstrate effective communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to synthesize prior literature on a research topic
  • demonstrate ability to contribute to scholarly research (does not apply to non-thesis Masters Degrees)
  • understand the broader technical implications of their work
  • understand the broader societal implications of their work

The Department offers programs leading to Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Biological Systems Engineering. We also have the option for current BSE students to enroll in our Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate degree program. 

A quick glance at our Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

  • Receive your Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biological Systems Engineering in 5 years
  • Free tuition during the final year (year 5) of the M.S. degree
  • Fall Application deadline: January 5, 2022

A quick glance at our M.S. Program

  • Receive your Masters of Science in Biological Systems Engineering in 2 years (average)
  • Fall Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
  • Spring Application Deadline: September 15 (International Students); October 1 (Domestic Students)

A quick glance at our M.E. Program

  • Receive your Masters of Engineering in 2 years (average)
  • Non-thesis course of study designed for those who are interested in broadening their general knowledge of Biological Systems Engineering
  • Fall Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
  • Spring Application Deadline: September 15 (International Students); October 1 (Domestic Students)

A quick glance at our PhD Program

  • Receive your Ph.D. in 4-5 years
  • Fellowships and research assistantships available
  • Full-time enrolled Ph.D. students are eligible for a subsidy on the premium of the university-sponsored health insurance plan through Aetna
  • Fall Application Deadline: January 5, 2022
  • Spring Application Deadline: September 15 (International Students); October 1 (Domestic Students)

Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Coordinator