Biosystems Engineering

Advancing technology for a cleaner, safer world.

Biosystems engineers work to ensure our communities have safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. As a student in biosystems engineering, you’ll use principles of engineering and biology to solve problems in biological systems, agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Auburn offers the only accredited biosystems engineering program in Alabama, and the forest engineering option is the only one of its kind in the South.

Department of Biosystems Engineering


Biosystems Engineering

The biosystems engineering option will give you a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering mechanics that is common to all engineers. You’ll combine this engineering knowledge with biological expertise related to environmental protection and the production, processing and distribution of food and fiber and off-highway vehicle engineering.

BIOPROCESS Engineering

The focus of the Bioprocess Engineering option is to produce engineers that seamlessly combine engineering and natural sciences to designing and developing systems, processes and equipment that convert biological and agricultural materials to value-added products such as food, nutraceuticals, polymers and pharmaceuticals. Bioprocess engineers provide a bridge between the research lab and the economic, large-scale implementation of technologies used to convert these biological materials to value-added products.

Ecological Engineering

The ecological engineering option meets a growing demand for engineers with the ability to solve environmental problems using knowledge of natural ecological and biological principles. Learning areas include non-point source pollution, watershed modeling, stream and river restoration and natural resource conservation.

Forest Engineering

The forest engineering option — the only one of its kind in the South — will provide you with engineering fundamentals along with a knowledge of forest resources, which are among our most precious natural resources.

          Equipment design and development Industrial engineering
          Production engineering Quality control engineering and management
          Biofuel development Irrigation engineering
          Natural resources protection and management Ecosystems restoration
          Green and renewable product development Water resources management
Photo of Mike Soutullo
Mike Soutullo
Chief Engineer, Space Systems, and Program Manager, Multiple User System for Earth Sensing — Teledyne Brown Engineering
Photo of Russell Roberson
Russell Roberson
Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Healthcare Information Technologies and Performance Solutions
Photo of Perry L. Oakes
Perry L. Oakes
State Conservation Engineer