Biological engineering integrates life sciences with engineering in the advancement and application of fundamental concepts of biological systems from molecular to ecosystem levels.
Specialization in an area of interest can be chosen from bioenvironmental engineering, ecological engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, and nanoscale biological engineering.
Students in bioenvironmental engineering are equipped to design systems that provide the desired environmental conditions for animals, human housing, crop storage structures, greenhouses, and other biological systems.
Ecological engineering gives students the knowledge to design systems reliant on functional ecosystems including wetlands, compost, ecosystem restoration, and integrated agriculture.
The study of food and bioprocess engineering is the application of engineering principles to biological materials to make useful food, feed, and energy products.
Students studying in the nanoscale biological engineering specialization learn principles of biology and engineering in order to design and manipulate biomolecular, metabolic and subcellular processes for applications in agriculture, food, environment, and energy.
Additional coursework in transport processes, biology, and organic chemistry is required.
Graduates in biological engineering have accepted positions in organizations such as the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Novozymes, Dow Agrosciences, Kraft, Cargill, and Waterborne Environmental, Inc.