M.S. & Ph.D.
in Biosystems
Engineering

Advancing technology for a cleaner, safer world

Auburn University Department of Biosystems Engineering offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in biosystems engineering in collaboration with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The Department also offers graduate certificates in ecosystems and bioproducts and bioprocessing.

These programs offer specializations in bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, precision agriculture and forestry, off-highway vehicle engineering, ecological engineering and food and process engineering. 

Graduates are prepared for employment in national laboratories, industry and universities. They are able to design, develop, regulate, research and manage bio-based life-enhancing and life-saving products, as well as the systems and technologies needed to produce, transport, store and use natural resources to meet humanity’s most fundamental needs, such as safe and abundant food, clean water, fiber, and renewable resources of fuel. 

Master’s & Doctoral programs

The information below is a brief description of master’s and doctoral programs in biosystems engineering offered by our department. 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D.)

In the Ph.D. program, instruction, research training and experience are available in various specialized fields such as ecological engineering, bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, food engineering, biological process engineering, biosystems automation, and off-highway vehicle engineering. 

CURRICULUM & REQUIREMENTS

The Ph.D. in biosystems engineering requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate-level course work beyond the bachelor’s degree. The total number of credit hours that may be transferred from another accredited institution toward a doctoral degree must be less than 50 percent of the credit hours listed on the Plan of Study. Students must take a qualifying examination (written and oral) administered by the student’s advisory committee that tests the student’s knowledge and competence in the proposed research area and in the general field of biosystems engineering. 

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Master of Science (M.S.)

The department offers both a thesis and non-thesis M.S. degree, which produce graduates who are able to identify, formulate, analyze and solve complex biosystems engineering problems by using appropriate tools and techniques, including independent research, and who can effectively communicate to technical and non-technical audiences.  

CURRICULUM & REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. (thesis option) in biosystems engineering requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work that includes up to 6 credit hours of thesis research. After completion of research, candidates for the MS thesis option must successfully defend the thesis. 

The M.S. (non-thesis option) is offered to those that desire in-depth knowledge in Biosystems Engineering typically needed for non-academic engineering careers. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work is required for this option. 

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Grad Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Ecosystems

The graduate certificate in ecosystems provides a specialization in the application of ecological and biological principles to solve complex engineering problems in natural and man-made systems.

CURRICULUM & REQUIREMENTS

This interdisciplinary graduate certificate program is designed for individuals holding baccalaureate degrees in engineering or appropriate science fields with an interest in ecological and natural system problem solving.

Students can complete the certificate program in one academic year by passing four program courses and attending all required, on-ground, one-week labs for each course. Course offerings include site design for biosystems, watershed modeling, ecological engineering and more.

Graduate Certificate in Bioproducts and Bioprocessing

The graduate certificate in bioproducts and bioprocessing provides a specialization in the application of biological and biochemical principles to solve complex problems that are needed in developing systems for processing and converting biological materials to fuels, products and chemicals.   

CURRICULUM & REQUIREMENTS

This interdisciplinary graduate certificate program is designed for individuals holding baccalaureate degrees in biosystems engineering or other appropriate engineering or scientific fields with an interest in biofuels, bioenergy and bioprocessing.

Students can complete the certificate program in one academic year by passing four program courses and attending all required on-ground, one-week labs for each course. Course offerings include biomass conversion, life-cycle analysis, bulk solids flow and more.

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Biosystems Engineering
209 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, Alabama 36849
334-844-4180