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Biosystems Engineering

Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering


Dan King
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Phone: 517-355-3274

The Biosystems Engineering (BE) program is designed to help students succeed in diverse careers by developing a professional foundation that includes vision, adaptability, a practical mind set, effective communication skills, the ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams, an appreciation for global, economic and societal issues, and a commitment to continuing professional growth and ethical conduct.

Biosystems engineers design solutions to technical problems that involve a critical biological component. They apply quantitative skills to create products, processes and systems that improve human existence. Working at the interface of engineering and biology, biosystems engineers are engaged in the most important challenges of our time. There is a wide variety of job functions and application areas for our graduates, including ecosystems protection, food safety, bioenergy, biosecurity and human health. Graduates work in production and project management, research and development, systems design and water resource protection. Biosystems engineers are sought after by a wide variety of employers, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturers, environmental consulting firms, health industries and government agencies that need creative individuals to integrate principles of engineering and biology successfully.

To see courses required for this major, visit the Biosystems Engineering major listing in the MSU course catalog.


Career Opportunities
In 2008, nearly all of the biosystems engineering graduates were offered positions with the companies listed below. Their average salary was $53,000, with some receiving a $5,000 signing bonus. Each graduate was offered at least two jobs. Nearly 20 percent of biosystems engineering students continue their education in graduate, law or medical school.

A sampling of companies hiring MSU grads
• Abbott Labs
• Baxter Health Care
• Boston Scientific
• DuPont
• GE Health Care
• Lilly
• Pfizer
• Synthon Pharmaceuticals
• Phase 3 Renewables
• Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality
USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Services
• US Environmental Protection Agency
• US Food & Drug Administration
• US Patent and Trademark Office
• US Department of Energy - National Labs
Food Companies
• Cargill
• General Mills
• Kellogg’s
• Nestle USA/Nestle Purina Petcare
• PepsiCo/Tropicana/Frito-Lay
• Kraft Foods
• Wrigley
Environmental Consultants
• Arcadis
• Black & Veatch
• Malcolm Pirnie
• MWH (Montgomery Watson)
• NTH Consultants
• Tetra Tech, Inc.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Australia/New Zealand
Central and South America
Sweden, Germany, Denmark


Visit our department site: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering