University of Wisconsin–Madison

Undergraduate Studies

The mission of the Biological Systems Engineering Undergraduate Programs is to provide a technology-advanced, biology based engineering education that will enable students to design and implement efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing and processing food, fiber and renewable energy resources for and ever-increasing world population.

 The major consists of a core of courses taken by all students, and four areas of which students choose one:

The curriculum consists of 125 credits and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Admissions information can be found on the University of Wisconsin’s Admissions Office page at

Students are assigned an academic advisor when they enter this department. Your advisor will counsel you on the academic requirements of the major and serve as a resource to answer other academic concerns. There are many sources of assistance on campus for both academic and personal concerns. Your advisor can assist you in locating needed assistance and can help you in developing your career goals and objectives. It is your responsibility to seek out your advisor. A student must see his/her advisor each semester prior to registering for the next semester as an advisor hold is placed on your record, and you will not be able to register until your course schedule has been approved by your advisor. The SIS software will block your registration until this advisor hold has been removed. After a completed, approved advising form has been turned in to the BSE student coordinator, (room 115 Ag Engr. Bldg.) the hold will be released. If you have seen your advisor but are still unable to register, check to see which semester the hold is for, and contact the student coordinator (262-3310) if you have questions.  It is important that you access your UW e-mail account regularly as much of the information you will be receiving from the Department, the College, and the Registrar’s Office is transmitted via e-mail.

The Biological Systems Engineering Department is committed to providing a stimulating education for all students. Please inform the Department Chair immediately of any barriers that create problems or limitations in the educational opportunities for you or other students in the department.

More info about BSE can be found at the UW-Madison Undergraduate Guide

For further information about the Biological Systems Engineering major, please contact: