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.