What is Biosystems Engineering?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering (BAE) at Oklahoma State University is a nationally accredited program along with the other engineering programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT). The OSU BAE Department and its faculty are housed within the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR). The BAE Department offers one undergraduate degree program – a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering. Only the program name appears on a student’s diploma. However, each student selects one of the following three options, with the option specified on the transcript: Biomechanical, Bioprocessing and Food Processing, Environment and Natural Resources, or Pre-Med.
Program Mission Statement
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.
Program Objectives and Goals
Within a few years of graduation, Biosystems Engineering program graduates will become top professionals, managers or leaders in a wide variety of industries and organizations involved with biosystems engineering, where they apply discovery, problem solving, and leadership skills for the benefit of their organization and the society at large (Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for ABET).
Why Study Biosystems Engineering?
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 a rewarding career while solving some of the greatest issues that face our society. Within biosystems engineering, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.
Machine Systems & Agricultural Engineering
Machine systems focuses on the analysis and design of machines that interact with biological materials including soil, plants and animals. Graduates may work involved in off-road equipment design, sensors and control systems, design of intelligent machines or precision agriculture.
Bioprocessing & Food Processing
Bioprocessing is the merging of engineering and biological science. Graduates can work in alternative fuels, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals and the development of industrial products. Food processing involves the design of processes and equipment to produce foods and other "value-added" products. Graduates work in product development and testing, food safety and quality, packaging, storage and handling, and system optimization.
Environment & Natural Resources
This option uses engineering and technology for evaluation and improvement of natural resource systems and environmental sustainability. Graduates work in groundwater hydrology, storm water management, erosion control, and soil and environmental protection.
The department offers a pre-medical option for students interested in continuing to medical school. This option emphasizes the fundamentals of biological sciences and engineering, providing a strong foundation for students. Students graduating with this option may work in the development of prosthetics, medical treatment technology, robotic surgery, and illness detection.