Program Educational Objectives

The BSE program is designed to graduate biological systems engineers who will be leaders in applying engineering principles to biological systems.  The BSE program prepares graduates to accomplish the following objectives in their careers:

  1. design and implement systems that mimic or adapt natural biological processes to solve problems related to conservation and restoration of natural resources;
  2. design and implement processes to utilize biological materials for sustainable production of valuable products;
  3. promote stewardship of natural resources; and
  4. contribute effectively as members of multidisciplinary groups that include scientists, engineers, and community members.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, our students are expected to have the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal context
  9. a recognition of need for, and ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Undergraduate Student Enrollment and B.S. Degrees Awarded in Biological Systems Engineering

BSE Fermentation

Undergraduate BSE students in Unit Operations Lab