Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)

The Biosystems Engineering program combines biology with engineering to ensure there is safe and plentiful food, clean water, renewable energy and a healthy environment.

Students will learn how to design resourceful solutions to technical problems involving biological components including bioenergy, ecosystems protection, food safety and biosecurity and human health. They may also learn about systems to transform biological waste into energy solutions and processes to detect or eliminate human pathogens from food products.

This is a joint program between the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and it is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The MSU Biosystems Engineering undergrad program was ranked #6 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Engineering analysis/design of biological systems.
  • Microbial systems.
  • Cell and molecular biology.
  • Fluid mechanics.

In addition to core areas of study, students have the option to select a concentration to customize the program based on individual interests.

Concentrations include:

  • Bioenergy and Bioproduct Engineering.
  • Biomedical Engineering.
  • Ecosystems Engineering.
  • Food Engineering.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Biosystems Engineering.

Learn more about Biosystems Engineering and the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

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Biosystems Engineering Graduates

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with a degree in Biosystems Engineering enter a broad range of challenging and rewarding careers in engineering, energy, medical, health, environmental and food industries.

Careers include:

  • Food safety engineers.
  • Biosecurity technicians.
  • Biosystems engineers.
  • Governmental aides.
  • Ecosystem engineers.

Advisors and faculty members in the colleges of Engineering and Agriculture and Natural Resources maintain close relationships with organizations and companies across multiple industries, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in different fields.

Scholarship opportunities include:

Students can participate in the annual Biosystems Engineering Showcase as part of their senior design coursework.

Faculty also conduct research in bioenergy, biomedical, ecosystems and food safety areas.

Student Stories

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Biosystems engineering student uses research, academic experiences to land internship at Nestlé

September 2, 2021

Andrew Kearney performed data analysis to help the global food company reduce its environmental impact.

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Senior Design experience prepares MSU biosystems engineers for careers after graduation

August 24, 2021

Michigan State University's biosystems engineering program collaborates with industry partners to provide real-world opportunities for students.

Biosystems Engineering Advisor

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Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are BAE education abroad programs and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Biosystems Engineering (BE) Club.
  • American Society of Agricultural Biological Engineers.
  • Food Science Club.
  • Institute of Food Technologists.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

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