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?
Biosystems Engineering's focus is to enhance the production and profitability of agricultural
and biological products and the conservation and management of natural resources through
teaching, research, and outreach. 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 advisor
Field test engineer
Food processing consultant
Machine systems design engineer
Pipeline integrity engineer
Processing plant manager
Water resources engineer
“We are applying new technologies and new methods within agricultural systems,
whether it’s animal systems or food processing systems or even preserving our natural
resources through sustainable development. We are on the leading edge of fixing the
problems we face in the world when it comes to food, fiber and energy.”
- Montana Wells Washington, Oklahoma
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 Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR).
The biosystems engineering degree program is jointly administered by the College of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and the College of Engineering,
Architecture and Technology (CEAT). This relationship means biosystems engineering
students benefit from the strengths of both academic colleges. Students receive communication
from both academic colleges and are able to take advantage of the services, scholarships
and award recognition programs available in both.