BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING

WHAT IS BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING?

Biosystems Engineering is an integration of engineering with biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. Biosystems engineers develop the techniques and processes to work with living systems, including microbes, plants and animals. They provide engineering input to produce and process food, fiber, energy, and pharmaceuticals.

WHAT DOES A BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEER DO?

Biosystems Engineers work in a wide variety of industries. Some common tasks include: 

  • Creating solutions for systems used in distribution of goods and services and broader operations

  • Improving agricultural machinery design

  • Developing chemical products, sensors, and life-saving medical equipment

  • Creating environmental protection solutions to improve water quality and control air pollution

  • Designing and creating equipment and devices to detect and treat illnesses and conditions

  • Improving sustainability of production systems to decrease environmental hazards and preserve natural resources

  • Developing systems that convert biological waste into energy

  • Designing manufacturing processes to improve safe and sanitary food production

CONCENTRATIONS

Although not required, MSU Biosystems Engineering majors can add a concentration to align with a specific academic or career interest. Concentrations include:

Bioenergy & Bioproduct Engineering Biomedical Engineering

 Ecosystems Engineering

Food Engineering

TOP INDUSTRIES

Explore the most common industries associated with MSU Biosystems Engineering graduates. Determine which industries fit you best in order to guide your search for job titles and companies you may want to work for!

Food & Beverage

Healthcare

Biotech & Life Sciences

Civil Engineering

Manufacturing

Medical Devices

Retail

Utilities and Renewable Energy

Number of BE graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020. 

COMMON JOB TITLES

Learn about some of the most common job titles among MSU Biosystems Engineering graduates. Utilize Handshake to search for the specific job titles that interest you the most and see the specific skills and experiences employers are looking for so that you can start developing them now!

Operations Management Trainee

Process/Production Engineer

Quality Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Water/Wastewater Engineer

Continuous Improvement Specialist

Application Engineer

Number of BE graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center

TOP EMPLOYERS

Discover the most common employers of MSU Biosystems Engineers. See which companies interest you the most and start connecting with them via Handshake, LinkedIn or on their website!  

Cargill

Nestle

Meijer

Philips

Kellogg's

Hormel Foods Corporation

Fishbeck

Emergent Biosolutions

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Consumers Energy

Number of BE graduates placed for the top full time employers from 2018-2020. Descriptions via LinkedIn and Handshake

DESTINATION DATA

Learn about the specific data associated with Biosystems Engineering graduates so that you can better understand the average compensation and placement rates within the major.   

97.5%
Placement Rate
(Employment/Education)

$56,909
Average Starting
Salary

$18.14/hr
Intern Average
Hourly Wage 

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Connect with other engineering students by joining a student organization! Some of the organizations related to the BE major include:

Biosystem Engineering Club

Engineers Without Borders

Environmental Engineering Student Society

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ADVISING APPOINTMENT

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