Biological Engineering Major
Biological Engineering is the application of engineering design and analysis to power and machinery systems, structures, production of food and pharmaceuticals, and protection of natural resources.
Three Options are available for students:
- Agricultural Engineering Option
- Food and Biological Process Engineering Option
- Natural Resource Engineering Option
This major helps prepare students for careers involving the application of engineering principles to agricultural and biological production systems, processing systems, and conservation of land and water resources. Education in mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences common to all engineering disciplines is provided along with specialized training in biological and agricultural sciences. The curriculum covers all areas of biological engineering, including development of machines for biological processing and agriculture, postharvest handling and processing of natural resource management and utilization, biological processes, food engineering, and structures and their environmental modifications.
Principles of engineering design experiences are integrated throughout the junior-year curriculum by having students solve problems typical of those encountered in the agricultural and biological engineering profession. A minimum requirement of three major design experiences in the senior year emphasize that biological engineers must learn not only how to develop engineering solutions to unique, practical problems using the newest technology, but also to assess and integrate the social and ethical implications of their solutions.
Biological Engineering is accredited by ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; phone: 410-347-7700.