B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering

Program Overview

Biological systems engineering integrates engineering fundamentals, mechanics and design principles with biology and chemistry to develop sustainable solutions for biological, agricultural, food and natural resource systems.

Program accreditation

Degree options

This integration of engineering and advanced biological sciences enables sustainable processing
for food, energy and chemicals; efficient use of biological systems to maintain health of a growing
population; and development of biomaterials and bioinstrumentation.

Master the design and management of systems that impact natural resources such as ecological
engineering design; soil and water conservation; irrigation and drainage system design; and
management, bioremediation, water quality and air pollution control.

This application of machine design principles allows graduates to design, test and evaluate
machines, machine components, manufacturing and processing equipment, and sensors and controls used in agriculture and off-road industries.

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Hear why K-State students chose to study biological systems engineering.


Make an impact

Explore the role of biological systems engineering in ensuring an adequate and safe food supply, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, advancing human health, and developing biomaterials and processes.

Biological systems engineers —

  • design and test unmanned aerial vehicles and off-road machinery including robots, and sensors and controls for food production systems.
  • promote sustainable engineered systems that support global food systems, human health and the environment.
  • discover biological processes, materials and products for sustaining our growing world.
  • pursue advanced or professional degrees for specialized success in biological systems engineering, environmental engineering, off-road applications, medicine, biomedical engineering and related areas.
96% career placement
$61,413 average starting salary

Career opportunities

Biological systems engineering graduates pursue careers as —

  • bioprocess engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • consulting engineer
  • design and test engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • medical professional
  • precision agriculture specialist
  • research and development engineer
  • project engineer/manager
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing engineer


Many internship opportunities are available for students to gain industry experience and develop professional relationships. The K-State Career Center, your adviser and faculty in the department will help you connect with employers and find out what’s available.

K-State biological systems engineering alumni live in 46 states and 28 countries.

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Career placement and salary data provided by the K-State Career Center. Career placement includes 2019-2020 K-State biological systems engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation.