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Food and Biological Process Engineering Option

The Food and Biological Process Engineering Option has an emphasis on microbiological production and food processing.

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:

  • calculus
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biomolecular biology
  • organic chemistry
  • engineering mechanics: static forces, dynamic forces, strength of materials
  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • plant and animal biotechnology
  • statistics
  • economics
  • arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • speech communications
  • English
  • courses of the student's choosing in engineering science and design, biological sciences, and other technical electives.