What is Biological Systems Engineering?

Biological systems engineers create the systems that supply the world's food and energy needs for a sustainable tomorrow.

Many students are unaware of Biological Systems Engineering as a discipline, and may wonder what we do. Biological Systems Engineering is a discipline based on engineering principles with emphasis on the sustainable use of our natural resources in a variety of fields.

As the world faces steadily rising temperatures and expanding populations, biological systems engineers are at the forefront of transforming the way we look at using these natural resources. Career opportunities show no signs of decreasing given this greater need for food ,renewable energy, and conservation practices and the shortage of trained professionals in the field.

The Biological Systems Engineering program at UW-Madison provides a broad education that prepares students for the variety of professions that involve biological systems. In addition to this breadth, students have the opportunity to develop specialization in a number of areas. The different areas are listed below, and more information about them can be found on their pages and at the Undergraduate Studies page.

Ag & Bio Engineering: Meeting the needs of humankind, sustainably

ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) overview of agricultural and biological engineering.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers at Iowa State Making a World of Difference

Winning entry from Iowa State in an ASABE Student Video Contest where the students explain what they like about agricultural and biological engineering.

This sounds great! How do I get started?

If you’re interested in our program, you should head over to our Undergraduate Studies and Entrance and Degree Requirements pages!

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with Betsy Wood, our Student Services Coordinator:

Email: betsy.wood@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3310

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460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706