What is ABE?

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With programs housed in both the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) helps students tailor their engineering and technical systems studies to fit their interests in agriculture, food, energy, and the environment.

Undergraduate students in the ABE department can select from two different majors; Agricultural and Biological Engineering, or Technical Systems Management. Each major has their own unique paths students can choose to focus their studies in. These paths range from Nanoscale Engineering to Renewable Energy Systems to Off-Road Equipment Engineering and so much more.

Students in our department will also be able to take advantage of all the benefits of a Big Ten university---including hundreds of study abroad opportunities---while enjoying the personalized experience of a close-knit department. The Department of ABE offers flexible course schedules to allow students to take part in internships, study abroad trips, experiential learning activities, and research programs. Undergraduate research opportunities allow students to work closely with our top-rated faculty and learn from them through hands-on experience.

Upon graduation our ABE students are competitive candidates for careers as project, test, reliability, civil, environmental, mechanical design, product, agricultural, design, and biological engineers working with Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms, academia, government agencies, non-profit groups, and research institutions. The average starting salary for our ABE graduates is $61,000.

Our TSM graduates are well equipped to pursue careers in agricultural production, electrical, or environmental systems, or in product testing, construction, sales, management, and so much more. Our graduates usually find careers with leading firms in the agricultural, food, and manufacturing sectors. The average starting salary for our TSM graduates is $50,000.