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Photo of  ASAE A Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering in 1834 near the village of Climax, Michigan, Hiram Moore and John Hascall built and put into practical use the first successful grain combined harvester-thresher which was patented June 28, 1836.   This achievement was a significant contribution to the development of American Agriculture.  Dedicated by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers 1978. Mission

To improve quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health.

Since 1906, the Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (BAE) has responded to the changing needs of society by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology in a systems context. Today, biosystems engineers at MSU solve complex, rapidly-changing problems related to food quality and safety, ecosystems protection, homeland security and health protection, biomass utilization, and renewable energy development.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering (BE) through the College of Engineering and an undergraduate minor Technology Systems Management (TSM) through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  A third undergraduate option is a two-year certificate program in Electrical Technology (ET) leading to licensed journeyman electrician and master electrician.   Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in biosystems engineering may elect a minor in Plant, Animal and Microbial Biotechnology. The department also offers an M.S. and Ph.D. program in Biosystems Engineering. With approximately 250 students enrolled in various programs, we take pride in knowing every student's name.

In addition to teaching, the faculty is actively involved in leading-edge research and in extension.

MSU Farrall Hall in the SpringPlease use this web site to learn more about the MSU BAE Department.

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
524 S. Shaw Lane
216 Farrall Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-4720
(517) 432-2892 (fax)

Dr. Darrell Donahue
Department Chair
ddonahue@msu.edu