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College of Engineering YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.


Biological Systems Engineering

Biological systems engine Iowa State’s biological systems engineering program has a range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

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eering is an adventure.

egins here. Discover your passion Do you want to make a big difference in the everyday lives of people locally and globally—helping to use bioresources for safe food, a clean environment and energy? The engineers who do this work are interested in the application of biology and engineering meeting core human needs. Biological systems engineering involves the sustainable production, storage and conversion of biobased materials into useful products ranging from breakfast cereals to biologically-derived fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. What will second and third generation biofuels look like? How can we efficiently convert crop-residues into liquid fuels or make biomass production and processing systems more sustainable? A secure food supply, clean water and renewable energy sources are important to everyone. In today’s global marketplace, grains, produce and livestock are transported from country to country; and food security is increasingly of concern. Biological systems engineers help safeguard our air, water and food supply by developing sensors to detect problem compounds and management plans to track materials to minimize the chances of contamination.

Be greater than you imagine

ENGINEER YOUR FUTURE Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants. The average starting salary of biological

systems engineering graduates is $62,000/year.

Co-op and internship salaries for our

students average more than $19/hour. More than 500 companies visit the

College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.

100 percent of our biological systems

engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage to address society’s greatest needs. Personal attention: Our department is small enough for you to have personal attention from faculty, but large enough to choose a variety of educational opportunities. The student-to-faculty ratio is 28:1. Average class size is 15 to 50 students. And the average lab size is about 16 students working in teams of 2 to 4. Learning communities: When students work together and support each other, good things happen. We have created a strong social and academic environment for new students with our Living/Learning Community. Join a learning community and have common schedule of classes, peer mentors, career exploration and the option of living on a floor with other students in your major. Labs: In class you will use state-of-the-art computers and lab equipment. In fact, several companies donate lab equipment to help you learn. Some of our unique labs include the Biomaterials Lab, Cargill Biorenew@ISU Common Lab, Grain Quality Lab, Mechatronics Lab and Center for Crops and Utilization Research Pilot Plant.

Core curriculum Your course work will combine engineering with chemistry and biology to prepare you for careers in food, feed, fiber and environmental areas. The biological systems engineering degree offers exciting opportunities to integrate life sciences with engineering. Specific areas of academic emphasis include: B  iorenewable Resource Engineering: Improve the economic and environmental stability of biorenewable resource production systems. B  ioenvironmental Engineering: Apply biology and engineering principles to improve and protect soil, water and air quality. Food Engineering: Use science and engineering to design  modern food-processing systems. Preprofessional and pregraduate: Prepare for a  professional degree program outside of engineering.

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Be passionate. Be creative. Be greater than you imagined in biological systems engineering at Iowa State University.

Enjoy your adventure. More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential. At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your biological systems engineering adventure. Campus visits: Apply for admission: Financial support: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering: College of Engineering: 2620 Howe Hall | Ames, Iowa 50011-2272 515 294-8355 | 800 262-3810 ext. 8355 Email:

College of Engineering Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Biological Systems Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of biological systems engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.

Biological Systems Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of biological systems engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.