The study of biosystems engineering merges engineering and agricultural science to
improve quality of life while maintaining the environment and preserving natural resources.
The focus of biosystems engineering is to enhance the production and profitability
of agricultural and biological products. 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.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in biosystems engineering requires a minimum of 90
credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, or a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond
the master's degree in related discipline.
A minimum of 60 credit hours (beyond MS degree)
A minimum of 30 coursework credit hours comprised of:
28 in-residence graduate credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
At least 9 credit hours of BAE graduate courses in the required course work credit
One credit hour of Teaching Practicum
One credit hour of BAE Graduate Seminar
30 research credit hours
Research and Faculty
Dr. Carol Jones is one of only a few grain storage engineers in the United
States and focuses on methods to keep grain and seed in the best quality possible.
Her research and extension program is known internationally.
If you have graduated with a B.S. in an engineering from an ABET accredited program
(most in the USA), a GRE is not required. If you have graduated from a foreign university,
GRE scores are not required, but are helpful in evaluating applicants. There is no
minimum GRE score. International students are required to take the TOEFL exam. Students
with a B.S./MS degree from an ABET accredited biosystems or agricultural engineering
program (most U.S. programs) are highly competitive for admission if their GPA is
3.0 or higher. Persons with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered, particularly if
they have two or more years of professional engineering experience.
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as
a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge
and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff.