Biosystems Engineering (BSBE)

Oklahoma State University

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The study of biosystems engineering merges engineering and agricultural science to improve our quality of life while maintaining the environment and preserving our natural resources.

Biosystems engineers work at the interface of biology and technology to address problems and opportunities related to food, water, energy and the environment – all of which are critical to the future of our growing society. They improve systems for efficient and effective production, processing, storage and handling of food, feed, fiber and many other biological products.

Within biosystems engineering, students have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.

Bioprocessing and Food Processing option (BSBE) Bioprocessing is the merging of engineering and biological sciences. Graduates can work in alternative fuels, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals and the development of industrial products. Food processing involves the design of processes and equipment to produce foods and other value-added products. Graduates work in product development and testing, food safety and quality, packaging, storage and handling, and system optimization.

Environmental and Natural Resources option (BSBE) This option uses engineering and technology for evaluation and improvement of natural resource systems and environmental sustainability. Graduates can go into areas such as hydrology, storm water management, erosion control, and soil and water protection.

Machine Systems and Agricultural Engineering option (BSBE) This option focuses on the analysis and design of machines that interact with biological materials including soil, plants and animals. Graduates may be involved in off-road equipment design, sensors and control systems, design of intelligent machines or precision agriculture.

Pre-Medical (BSBE) For students considering entry into health professions, the math and science curriculum helps meet entrance requirements for medical schools while also preparing students for a career involving biosystems engineering. This option also is applicable for students interested in graduate study in biomedical or health related research areas.

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