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BAE Mission Statement

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering enhances the production and profitability of agricultural and biological products, and the conservation and management of natural resources through teaching, research, and outreach. We are proud to be accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What is ABET?

The Bachelor of Science program in Biosystems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Our program has been accredited by ABET since 1950 under criteria for biological engineering and similarly named programs.

Program Objectives and Enrollment

Program Educational Objectives

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.

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.

Student Enrollment

99 students are enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.


Recent Graduating Classes

  • 2019 - 2020: 130 students
  • 2018 – 2019: 18 students
  • 2017 – 2018: 19 students
  • 2016 – 2017: 9 students
  • 2015 – 2016: 19 students
  • 2014 – 2015: 17 students
  • 2013 – 2014: 29 students
  • 2012 – 2013: 40 student

Student Outcomes for BSBE Degree


An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.


An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives


An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.


An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Problem Solving

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying  principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.


The ability to apply engineering design for solutions meeting specified needs, considering public health, safety, welfare, and ethical/professional responsibilities in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Student Outcomes for BSBE Degree

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.

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