The Department of Biosystems Engineering offers the only accredited degree in Biosystems Engineering in Alabama. It is committed to preparing students for productive professional careers in the biosystems industries and related natural resource and environmental systems sectors. Biosystems engineering major students can also specialize in one of the following options below. More information about these options can be found here.
The Biosystems Engineering program curriculum is coordinated by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Students should apply for admission to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and complete the Pre-Biosystems Engineering program.
Bioprocess Engineering Option
The focus of the Bioprocess Engineering option is to produce engineers that seamlessly combine engineering and natural sciences to designing and developing systems, processes and equipment that convert biological and agricultural materials to value-added products such as food, nutraceuticals, polymers and pharmaceuticals.
Ecological Engineering Option
The Ecological Engineering option produces graduates that solve environmental problems by combining engineering principles with life sciences to design and manage sustainable systems that are of value and that benefit humans, nature, ecology, and the environment through designs such as wetland and stream restoration, watershed management and redesigning, aquaponics/hydroponics engineered systems, and stormwater design and management.
Forest Engineering Option
The Forest Engineering option prepares students for productive professional careers as engineers in the forestry and related natural resource and environmental sectors. The option is coordinated by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and is administered by the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Students can become registered foresters upon completion of a minor in forest resources.
The Biosystems Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and is the only Accredited Biosystems Engineering in Alabama.
Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
The Program Educational Objectives for Biosystems Engineering:
- Utilize systems approach as a result of their biosystems engineering training to identify, develop and implement resilient, safe and practical solutions to current and future societal challenges especially those associated with food, water, energy, environment and health.
- Provide leadership in professional, societal and global issues; make progress towards achieving professional registration and other appropriate certifications; collaborate with other professionals, and evolve into other careers such as management, research and business.
The Student Outcomes for Biosystems Engineering:
- Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
- Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies