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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2.    an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3.    an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences        

4.    an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5.    an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6.    an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7.    an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

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

BSE Fermentation

Undergraduate BSE students in Unit Operations Lab