Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate Program
Michigan State University

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/


Program Educational Objectives

The overall purpose of the MSU Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate Program is to prepare graduates who will integrate and apply principles of engineering and biology to a wide variety of globally important problems. To achieve that purpose, the primary objectives of the Biosystems Engineering Program are to prepare graduates to:

  • identify and solve problems at the interface of biology and engineering, using modern engineering techniques and the systems approach, and
  • analyze, design, and control components, systems, and processes that involve critical biological components.

Additionally, the Biosystems Engineering Program is designed to help graduates succeed in diverse careers by developing a professional foundation that includes vision, adaptability, creativity, a practical mindset, effective communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences, the ability to work in diverse, cross-disciplinary teams, and a commitment to sustainability, continuing professional growth, and ethical conduct.

Updated and approved by the Biosystems Engineering faculty (26 February 2010), the Biosystems Engineering Industry Advisory Board (15 April 2010), and the Biosystems Engineering Student Group (30 April 2010)

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. in Biosystems Engineering, students will have:



an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering



an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data



an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability



an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams



an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems



an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility



an ability to communicate effectively



the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context



a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning



a knowledge of contemporary issues



an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice



an understanding of the interface between biology and engineering



an ability to apply systems concepts and methodologies

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