Undergraduate Degree - Biosystems Engineering

Program:
Biosystems Engineering
Program Code:
2445 Biosystems Engineering
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS95


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Engineering

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Undergraduate Program
Biosystems Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Biosystems engineers design solutions to technical problems that involve a critical biological component. They apply quantitative skills to create products, processes, and systems that improve human existence. Working at the interface of engineering and biology, biosystems engineers are engaged in the most important challenges of our time.

There are a wide variety of job functions and application areas for our graduates, including ecosystems protection, food safety, bioenergy, biosecurity, and human health. Biosystems engineers may, for example, design sterilization and pasteurization processes to eliminate microbial pathogens and maximize the nutritional value of our food. Other graduates may design constructed wetlands, which utilize biological systems to capture pollutants and protect our precious fresh water resources. Biosystems engineers are sought after by a wide variety of employers including food manufacturers, environmental consulting firms, health industries, and government agencies who need creative individuals to integrate principles of engineering and biology successfully.

The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Biosystems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in  Biosystems Engineering

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 128 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering.
    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Biosystems Engineering major is met by completing Biosystems Engineering 487.  That course is referenced in item 3. a below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Engineering may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements for All Majors in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Engineering for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (47 credits):
    BE 101 Introduction to Biosystems Engineering 1
    BE 230 Engineering Analysis of Biological Systems 3
    BE 332 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials 3
    BE 334 Biosystems Engineering Laboratory Practice 3
    BE 350 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biosystems 3
    BE 351 Thermodynamics for Biological Engineering 3
    BE 360 Microbial Systems Engineering 3
    BE 385 Engineering Design and Optimization for Biological Systems 3
    BE 485 Biosystems Design Techniques 3
    BE 487 Biosystems Design Project (W) 3
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    CE 221 Statics 3
    CE 274 Graphics for Civil and Environmental Engineers 1
    CE 321 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 4
    CEM 143 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    b. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    c. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    PLB 301 Introductory Plant Physiology 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    BLD 450 Eukaryotic Pathogens   3
    CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology 3
    CSS 451 Biotechnology Applications for Plant Breeding and Genetics 3
    FOR 406 Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture 3
    FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3
    MMG 425 Microbial Ecology 3
    MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology (W) 3
    PLB 402 Biology of Fungi 4
    PLB 424 Algal Biology 4
    PSL 425 Physiological Biophysics 3
    e. Four of the following courses (12 credits):
    BE 444 Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics  3
    BE 449 Human Health Risk Analysis for Engineering Controls 3
    BE 456 Electric Power and Control 3
    BE 469 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems 3
    BE 477 Food Engineering: Fluids  3
    BE 478 Food Engineering: Solids  3
    BE 481 Water Resources Systems Analysis and Modeling 3
    BE 482 Diffuse-Source Pollution Engineering 3
    CHE 468 Biomass Conversion Engineering 3

Concentrations in Biosystems Engineering

The department offers concentrations for students who wish to focus on a specific application area in the discipline. The concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biosystems Engineering. Courses completed to satisfy requirement 3. above may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a concentration. The concentration will be noted on the students transcript.

Bioenergy and Bioproduct Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering with a bioenergy and bioproduct engineering concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
BE 469 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems 3
CHE 468 Biomass Conversion Engineering 3
CSS 467 Bioenergy Feedstock Production 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
BE 457 Bioenergy Feedstock Systems Analysis 3
CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3
CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3
CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3
CSS 451 Biotechnology Applications for Plant Breeding and Genetics 3
FOR 406 Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture 3
GLG 471 Applied Geophysics 4
MC 450 International Environmental Law and Policy 3
ME 417 Design of Alternative Energy Systems 3
ME 422 Introduction to Combustion 3
MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology (W) 3
PLB 402 Biology of Fungi 4
PLB 424 Algal Biology 4

Biomedical Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering with a biomedical engineering concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
BE 444 Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics  3
BE 449 Human Health Risk Analysis for Engineering Controls 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
BLD 450 Eukaryotic Pathogens 3
PSL 425 Physiological Biophysics 3
3. Two of the following courses (5 or 6 credits):
BLD 204 Mechanisms of Disease 3
BLD 430 Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics 2
BLD 434 Clinical Immunology 3
BLD 450 Eukaryotic Pathogens    3
ECE 445 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3
MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatability 3
PLB 400 Introduction to Bioinformatics   3
PSL 425 Physiological Biophysics 3
Courses used to fulfill requirement 2. in this concentration may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Ecosystems Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering with a ecosystems engineering concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
BE 481 Water Resources Systems Analysis and Modeling 3
BE 482 Diffuse-Source Pollution Engineering 3
MMG 425 Microbial Ecology 3
2. Two of the following courses (5 or 6 credits):
CE 422 Applied Hydraulics 3
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSS 330 Soil Chemistry 2
CSS 360 Soil Biology 3
CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology 3
CSS 455 Environmental Pollutants in Soil and Water 3
FOR 404 Forest Ecology 3
FW 417 Wetland Ecology and Management 3
FW 420 Stream Ecology 3
FW 443 Restoration Ecology 3

Food Engineering
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosystems Engineering with a food engineering concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
BE 477 Food Engineering: Fluids 3
BE 478 Food Engineering: Solids 3
FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3
2. Two of the following courses, one of which must be at the 400-level (6 or 7 credits):
BMB 200 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
FSC 211 Principles of Food Science 3
FSC 401 Food Chemistry 3
FSC 430 Food Processing: Fruits and Vegetables  3
FSC 431 Food Processing: Cereals 3
FSC 432 Food Processing: Dairy Foods   3
FSC 433 Food Processing: Muscle Foods   3


 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Biosystems Engineering, BS (2445)

Required Credits: 128    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering: 1 course from BE101

Requirement 12: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Analysis of Biological Systems
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Analysis of Biological Systems: 1 course from BE230

Requirement 13: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Properties of Biological Materials
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Properties of Biological Materials: 1 course from BE332

Requirement 14: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Engineering Laboratory Practice
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Engineering Laboratory Practice: 1 course from BE334

Requirement 15: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Heat and Mass Transfer in Biosystems
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Heat and Mass Transfer in Biosystems: 1 course from BE350

Requirement 16: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Thermodynamics for Biological Engineering
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Thermodynamics for Biological Engineering: 1 course from BE351

Requirement 17: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Microbial Systems Engineering
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Microbial Systems Engineering: 1 course from BE360

Requirement 18: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Design and Optimization for Biosystems
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Engineering Design and Optimization for Biosystems: 1 course from BE385

Requirement 19: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Design Techniques
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Design Techniques: 1 course from BE485

Requirement 20: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Design Project (W)
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biosystems Design Project (W): 1 course from BE487

Requirement 21: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biological Science
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biological Science: 2 courses from BS161, BS162

Requirement 22: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Statics
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Statics: 1 course from CE221

Requirement 23: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Graphics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Graphics for Civil and Environmental Engineers: 1 course from CE274

Requirement 24: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics: 1 course from CE321

Requirement 25: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Survey of Organic Chemistry
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Survey of Organic Chemistry: 1 course from CEM143

Requirement 26: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Chemistry Laboratory I
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Chemistry Laboratory I: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 27: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biological Science Laboratory
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Biological Science Laboratory: 1 course from BS171, BS172

Requirement 28: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Bioscience Course
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Bioscience Course: 1 course from MMG301, PLB301, PSL250, IBIO341, IBIO355

Requirement 29: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Major Selective I
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Major Selective I: 1 course from FSC440, MMG425, MMG445, PSL425, BLD450, PLB402, PLB424, CSS442, CSS451, FOR406

Requirement 30: Major - Biosystems Engineering - Major Selective II
Major - Biosystems Engineering - Major Selective II: 4 courses from BE456, BE469, BE477, BE478, BE481, BE482, CHE468, BE444, BE449

Requirement 31: College - Engineering - Mathematics
College - Engineering - Mathematics: 3 courses from MTH132, MTH133, MTH234

Requirement 32: College - Engineering - Mathematics Additional
College - Engineering - Mathematics Additional: 1 course from MTH235

Requirement 33: College - Engineering - Physics
College - Engineering - Physics: 1 course from PHY183, PHY183B

Requirement 34: College - Engineering - Physics Additional
College - Engineering - Physics Additional: 1 course from PHY184

Requirement 35: College - Engineering - Computer Science
College - Engineering - Computer Science: 1 course from EGR102

Requirement 36: College - Engineering - Introduction to Engineering Design
College - Engineering - Introduction to Engineering Design: 1 course from EGR100

Requirement 37: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB: 1 course from BS161, PLB105, ENT205, MMG201, MMG301, PSL250, ZOL141, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 38: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISP
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISP: 1 course from CEM141, CEM151, PHY183, PHY183B, PHY184

Requirement 39: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - Lab
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - Lab: 1 course from PLB106, CEM161, MMG206, PHY191

Requirement 40: Engineering College Admission - Core Courses
Engineering College Admission - Core Courses: A total 6 courses
At least 1 course from EGR102
At least 1 course from EGR100
At least 1 course from MTH132
At least 1 course from MTH133
At least 1 course from CEM141
At least 1 course from PHY183

Requirement 41: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 42: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.

Requirement 43
128 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.