The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) applies principles of engineering and biology to improve quality of life in the areas of food, energy, environment and health.

The stained glass mural in Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall was was designed and crafted for the Department of Agricultural Engineering by Nancy Truscott. It was completed in 1989.

Since 1906, BAE has responded to the changing needs of society by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology in a systems context.

Today, biosystems engineers at MSU solve complex, rapidly-changing problems related to food quality and safety, ecosystems protection, homeland security and health protection, biomass utilization, and renewable energy development.


The department offers joint academic programs spanning the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • Major in Biosystems Engineering
  • Minor in Technology Systems Management
  • Certificate program in Electrical Technology
  • Master's and doctoral programs in Biosystems Engineering


BAE faculty researchers span across the colleges of Engineering and Agriculture and Natural Resources with main focus areas of:

  • Food: Food safety and quality.
  • Environment: Sustainable ecosystems and resource conservation.
  • Energy: Bioenergy and bioproduct solutions.
  • Health: Diagnostics, systems models and risk assessment tools to enhance public health.

Read more on BAE Research.


Faculty and MSU Extension educators are connected with several BAE topical areas supporting community education.