The Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under criteria for biological engineering and similarly named programs. Our department has been accredited by ABET since 1950.
Our Continuous Curricular Improvement Process
We work with members of our graduate advisory committee to determine the expectations of industry for our students upon graduation. Assessment is used to evaluate whether students have achieved these expectations and inform our curricular improvement process.
Engineering Degree Program Mission
The Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department enhances the production and profitability of agricultural and biological products, and the conservation and management of natural resources through teaching, research, and outreach.
135 students are enrolled for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
Recent Graduating Classes
2016 – 2017: 9 students
2015 – 2016: 19 students
2014 – 2015: 17 students
2013 – 2014: 29 students
2012 – 2013: 40 students
Intended Student Outcomes
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. (ABET criterion 3.a.),
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (ABET criterion 3.b.),
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,
- manufacturability, and sustainability. (ABET criterion 3.c.),
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. (ABET criterion 3.d.),
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. (ABET criterion 3.e.),
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. (ABET criterion 3.f.),
- An ability to communicate effectively. (ABET criterion 3.g.),
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. (ABET criterion 3.h.),
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. (ABET criterion 3.i.),
- A knowledge of contemporary issues. (ABET criterion 3.j.),
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (ABET criterion 3.k.)
Achievement of these objectives is determined through student assessment in engineering knowledge, quality of work, communication skills, creativity, work ethic, knowledge of professional ethics, and project management. Student achievement in these areas is judged based on class performance, professional society involvement, and peer interaction. The final assessment of student capabilities is the senior capstone course, where students work directly with industry, government, and/or philanthropic sponsors to develop real-world technologies.
Last updated August 2017