Biological Engineering Minor

Practical engineering for agriculture and beyond.

The Biological Engineering minor brings engineering principles to bear on agriculture, food and biological processing, and the management of natural resources. Students identify, build, and implement new technologies to solve critical challenges in these living systems. Be on the cutting edge of engineering and innovation.

Career paths: engineer a sustainable future.

The Biological Engineering minor gives you the solid footing necessary to pursue a career in bio-based product development, government services, or engineering consulting.

A Biological Engineering minor is a great option if you are:

  • pursuing an engineering major and would like to complement it with a minor that gives you a new perspective on the connections among agriculture, food, and the environment
  • interested in taking application-focused classes with interactive labs and hands-on learning opportunities
  • passionate about solving problems related to fundamental societal needs, including the needs for food, water, fiber, and renewable energy


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin

Sample courses

  • Agricultural Measurements and Control Systems
  • Biologically Inspired Nanomaterials
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Bioseparations
  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Design of Fluid Power Systems
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities
  • Design of Wood Structures
  • Engineering Elements of Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials
  • Food and Biological Process Engineering
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Introduction to Structural Analysis
  • Land-Based Waste Disposal
  • Machines for Agricultural and Biological Processing
  • Mass Transfer Operations
  • Mathematical Modeling of Biological and Physical Systems
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems
  • Mechanism Design and Analysis
  • Microbiological Engineering
  • Principles of Off-Road Machines
  • Principles of Soil and Water Engineering
  • Product Design and Manufacturing Processes
  • Selection and Management of Agricultural Machinery
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Systems in Agriculture
  • Unit Operations in Food Processing
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Watershed Modeling for Water Quality Design

Get started.

To discuss enrollment in the Biological Engineering, contact the coordinator of the minor, Dr. Megan Marshall.

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