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What is biosystems engineering?

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.

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.

Career paths

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:

Strong Partnership

Biosystems engineering students are part part of both the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Polished projects

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.


Nationally-accredited program

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 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.


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