Biological and Agricultural Engineering - BS

Graduates from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering program will:

  • Successfully enter the biological and agricultural engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants in the natural resources, machine systems, food processing, bioprocessing, and agricultural production and processing fields.
  • Pursue graduate education and research at major universities in biological and agricultural engineering, and related fields.
  • Advance into leadership positions in their chosen fields and professional societies.
  • Engage in life-long learning through professional registration and professional development.

Students learn to apply fundamental knowledge of biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering principles to formulate and solve engineering problems. Engineering design is integrated throughout the curriculum, along with opportunities to develop communication, learning, and teamwork skills, culminating in a capstone design experience. Electives in the curriculum allow the student to focus in one of the following areas:

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering—design and management of systems affecting soil, water, and air resources.
  • Renewable Energy Engineering—design and development of biomass, wind and solar energy systems.
  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering—design and development of systems for processing and handling of food and agricultural products and processes involving cells, enzymes, or other biological components.
  • Machine Systems Engineering—design and development of machines and machine systems for food, feed and fiber production and processing.

Students select courses with the assistance of faculty advisors in an individualized advising system. Faculty members also assist with professional development and job placement for students.

The biological and agricultural engineering program is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, and the curriculum is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., The department is one of the largest in North America and is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

For graduates to become successful practicing biological and agricultural engineers, students need to acquire a set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors as they progress through the curriculum. We have established the following program outcomes outlining what students are expected to know and be able to do upon completion of the curriculum. At the time of graduation, students should have:

  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.

Biological and Agricultural Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1 4
American history 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
BAEN 201 Analysis of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Problems 3
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 2
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 3
MEEN 221 Statics and Particle Dynamics 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
BAEN 301 Biological and Agricultural Engineering Fundamentals I 3
BAEN 320 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
CVEN 305 Mechanics of Materials 3
MATH 308 Differential Equations 3
MEEN 222/MSEN 222 Materials Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
BAEN 302 Biological and Agricultural Engineering Fundamentals II 3 3
BAEN 340 Fluid Mechanics 3
BAEN 354 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials 3
BAEN 375 Design Fundamentals for Agricultural Machines and Structures 3
ECEN 215 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BAEN 365 Unit Operations for Biological and Agricultural Engineering 3
BAEN 366 Transport Processes in Biological Systems 3
BAEN 370 Measurement and Control of Biological Systems and Agricultural Processes 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Mathematics elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
BAEN 399 Professional Development 5 0
BAEN 479 Biological and Agricultural Engineering Design I 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
Social and behavioral sciences 2 3
BAEN elective 6 3
ENGR elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BAEN 480 Biological and Agricultural Engineering Design II 3 3
American history 2 3
Creative arts 2 3
BAEN elective 6 3
Technical elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours127

A grade of C or better is required for all math, science, and engineering courses.