Doctor of Philosophy in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering’s Doctorate of Philosophy degree is designed to develop new understanding through research and creativity. Areas of specialization within the program include subject matter related to environmental and natural resources, food engineering, bioprocess engineering, biomaterials science, machine and energy systems, and systems analysis along with food, feed, and fiber processing.

The Doctorate of Philosophy degree requires students to complete advanced course work and to become skilled in research methodology. Students are expected to plan, conduct and analyze a comprehensive research project, and to report the findings in a dissertation, a scholarly document of research conducted in accordance with accepted scientific methodology. The final basis for granting the degree shall be the candidate’s grasp of the subject matter from a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research. In addition, the candidate must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully in both oral and written languages.

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program