The study of biosystems engineering merges engineering and agricultural science to
improve our quality of life while maintaining the environment and preserving our natural
Why biosystems engineering at OSU?
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.
With a growing population and increased pressure on our natural resources, new technologies
and approaches are needed. A high demand for biosystems engineering professionals
equates to an opportunity for you to start a rewarding career while solving some of
the greatest issues that face our society today. Career opportunities include:
Design and application engineer
Environmental agency engineer
Field test engineer
Food processing consultant
Machine systems design engineer
Pipeline integrity engineer
Processing plant manager
Water resources engineer
The Biosystems Engineering major is jointly administered by the Ferguson College
of Agriculture and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
Students nearing completion of their undergraduate work participate in a design course
spanning two semesters. The outcome of this course is a finished design that is presented
in a professional manner to their corporate sponsor.
The bachelor of science degree in biosystems engineering is accredited, along with
the other engineering programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
(CEAT), through the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Department of
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and its faculty are housed within the Division
of Ferguson College of Agriculture.
A strong partnership
Biosystems engineering students are part of both the Ferguson College of Agriculture
and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology which enables them to
benefit from the strengths of both academic colleges. Students receive communication
from both colleges and are able to take advantage of the services, scholarships and
award recognition programs available in both.