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Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate Program
Michigan State University

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


Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the MSU Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate Program are expected to succeed in diverse careers where they integrate and apply principles of engineering and biology to a wide variety of globally important problems. MSU Biosystems Engineering graduates are expected to attain that success by:

  • identifying and solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering, using modern engineering techniques and the systems approach;
  • analyzing, designing, and controlling components, systems, and processes that involve critical biological components; and
  • demonstrating 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 (May 2016), the Biosystems Engineering Industry Advisory Board (April 2016), and the Biosystems Engineering Student Group (Nov 2014).

Student Outcomes

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



an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics



an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors



an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences



an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts



an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives



an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions



an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies



an ability to understand the interface between biology and engineering



an ability to apply systems concepts and develop models

Enrollment and Degree Data

College of Engineering program and enrollment data for Biosystems Engineering can be found at https://www.egr.msu.edu/academics/undergraduate/data.