Food and Biological Process Engineering Option
- About the BE Major
- Recommended Academic Plan
- For courses descriptions please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog
- Biological Engineering Advising Manual
Food and Biological Process Engineering is the application of engineering design and analysis to:
- Microbiological systems for pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, biomass conversion, and vitamin and food supplements.
- Food processing, handling, and storage from the time food is produced until it reaches consumers.
Where Will You Get a Job as a Food and Biological Process Engineer?
These students are employed by companies that need engineers with a knowledge of biological processes. The following are the types of companies that hire Food and Biological Process Engineers:
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
- Food Processing Companies
- Biotechnology Firms
What are Your Chances of Getting a Good Job?
The demand for our students exceeds the number graduating. Graduates are in demand regionally, nationally, and internationally.
What Courses Will You Take to become a Food and Biological Process Engineer?
Students take courses that provide a solid engineering foundation, with applications to biological systems. We guarantee hands-on laboratory experiences in just about every major course! Specific major course topics include:
- environmental influences on biological systems
- modeling of biological and physical systems
- transport phenomena in biosystems
- properties of biological materials
- engineering elements of biochemistry and microbiology
- food engineering
- microbiological engineering
- instrumentation and measurement
- systems optimization
What Other Courses Will You Take at Penn State?
Students will take courses in the basic sciences, engineering sciences, communications, and liberal arts. Specific course topics include:
- biomolecular biology
- organic chemistry
- engineering mechanics: static forces, dynamic forces, strength of materials
- fluid mechanics
- plant and animal biotechnology
- arts, humanities, and social sciences
- speech communications
- courses of the student's choosing in engineering science and design, biological sciences, and other technical electives.