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BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Biosystems engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: a safe and plentiful supply of food and fiber, clean water to drink, renewable fuels, alternative energy sources, and a safe and healthy environments. They apply engineering to the challenges and opportunities presented by living ecosystems and the natural environment.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Discuss appropriate electives and minor options with your advisor
  • Complete gateway courses

Junior

  • Work with faculty advisor. Begin to select elective courses that align with future goals
  • Complete gateway courses

Senior

  • Continue to ensure your courses align with your career interest
  • Synthesize skills to complete senior design project
  • Complete gateway courses

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with your faculty advisor each semester to discuss class schedule and academic plan
  • Check out free ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve performance including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching.
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile

Junior

  • Meet with your faculty advisor to register for classes in your major field
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance

Senior

  • Meet with BSEN faculty and the Engineering CDCR to explore career opportunities and for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search
  • Meet with graduate advisor in your department to learn more about graduate school opportunities

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume.
  • Explore Study Abroad opportunities
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance
  • Prepare professional eportfolio. Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers
  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs

Junior

  • Update your professional eportfolio
  • Attend professional development conferences and take industry tours. Attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Update eportfolio and prepare for job interviews
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

  • Check out AU Involve to identify organizations of interest
  • Explore Biosystems Engineering opportunities such as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) student chapter
  • Join other BSEN students in international engineering competitions for design, undergraduate research, essay competition, and video production, and War Eagle Pullers – the ¼ scale tractor team

Sophomore

  • Volunteer in areas that cater to your interests and challenge you to get out of your comfort zone
  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Continue involvement in an organization where you can develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in the ASABE Student Chapter and other University-wide organizations
  • Alpha Epsilon is the honor society dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major

Senior

  • Lead a class project or manage a student organization team
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and alumni networking to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Environmental Engineer
Minimum Education: B.S.
Entry Level Salary Range: $45K – $65K

Storm Water Engineer
Minimum Education: B.S.
Entry Level Salary Range: $45K – $70K

Plant / Process Engineer
Minimum Education: B.S.
Entry Level Salary Range: $50K - $75K