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Bachelor's Degree in Biological Systems Engineering

B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering

Biological systems engineering integrates engineering fundamentals, mechanics and design principles with biology and chemistry to develop sustainable solutions for biological, agricultural, food and natural resource systems.

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The K-State difference

K-State is the only university in Kansas offering a biological systems engineering degree — a versatile program offering machinery, environmental and biology engineering programs.

In the undergraduate program, students gain an understanding of basic engineering principles, knowledge of biological sciences and the ability to develop new concepts.

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Did you know?

K-State's biological systems engineering students have won more than 150 top-three placements in international and national student design competitions dating back to 1977.

What classes will I take in biological systems engineering?

Due to the diversity of biological systems engineering, three curriculum options are available:

  • Machinery systems option: Design, test and evaluate the machines used in agriculture, construction and related off-highway industries.

  • Environmental option: The interface between biology and engineering, possibly plied in water quality studies, soil and water conservation, irrigation and drainage systems and more.

  • Biological option: Work with biological systems including biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, biological systems modeling, food and fiber processing and biological energy.

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Further your education

Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and Biological Agricultural Engineering
Biological Engineering Secondary Major
Master of Engineering Management (Online only)
Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.)

What can I do with a degree in biological systems engineering?

Biological systems engineers apply engineering, physical and biological principles to living systems in a diverse world of opportunities. Career possibilities include:

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Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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