Biological Engineering as an Alternative to Chemical Engineering
Unit operations, and heat and mass transfer are emphasized for the design of food processing and manufacturing systems, to bring food from the farm to the table with minimal nutritional losses. This also includes instrumentation to monitor quality and safety of the food products. Be offers Food and Biological Process Engineering as an option in the program.
Microbiological Engineering and Bio-energy
Production of value-added products by using microbial fermentation for food, feed, and pharmaceutical industries, and thermal and non-thermal processes for inactivation/control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms in food and other biological materials for food safety. Includes development of bio-based energy such as ethanol production.
Natural Resource Engineering
Soil and water characterization and evaluation, design of protection systems to reduce soil and chemical run-off, bioremediation, and other biological waste treatments such as composting, biogas production, and wetland construction.
Design of structural systems for plants, animals, biotechnological, and food production operations. Structural analysis and design of buildings and facilities, primarily utilization of engineered wood products.
Power Transfer and Machinery
Design of fluid power systems for power transmission and motion control, as well as power generation for off-road mobile equipment, food processing facilities, and feed handling.
The Biological Engineering program is attractively small (50 graduating students per year), which means there are great opportunities! Some highlights are:
- Small classes
- Close to 100% career job placement
- Great scholarship availability
- Departmental computer lab available exclusively to B E students 24 hours a day
- Internships, co-op, and/or departmental wage positions are readily available
The two majors require courses that are common and can be used for either program. Certain first and second year courses that are unique to Chemical Engineering can still be used if a student switches to Biological Engineering, which has a great deal of flexibility in using credits from other engineering programs. This is illustrated in the two tables below:
|ENGL 15 – Composition & Rhetoric||ECON 102, 104 – Economic Principles|
|CHEM 110 – Chemical Principles I||First Year Seminar|
|CHEM 111 – Experimental Chemistry I||PHYS 211 – Mechanics|
|MATH 140 – Calculus I||PHYS 212 – Electricity and Magnetism|
|MATH 141 – Calculus II||MATH 251 - Differential Equations|
|EDSGN 100 – Intro. to Engineering Design||CAS 100A/B – Effective Speech|
|General education requirements are the same, including GA, GS, GH, GHA|
|Course taken for CH E::||Counts in B E as:|
|MATH 230 – Vector Analysis||MATH 231 – Calculus of Several Variables|
|CHEM 112 – Chemical Principles II||Technical Elective (up to 6 credits)|
|CHEM 113 – Experimental Chemistry II||Technical Elective (up to 6 credits)|
|CHEM 210 – Organic Chemistry I||CHEM 202 or Technical Elective|
|CH E 210 – Material Balances||Engineering Science/Design Elective|
|CH E 220 – Thermodynamics||M E 300 – Thermodynamics|
For more information about the Biological Engineering major, please contact:
Dr. Megan Marshall, Instructor
Biological Engineering Program Coordinator
224 Agricultural Engineering Building
University Park, PA 16802