Food and bioprocess engineers develop and manage equipment and systems that process and distribute food and other biologically based materials. They are required by the food industry to help develop processes that add value to food products. These processing technologies are designed to improve the storage life and marketability of food products, reduce their transportation costs, handle processing wastes, and develop alternative uses for biological materials. (For example, newspaper and soy flour are used to make the construction material, EnvironTM, and corn stalks can be used to make chemical absorbent pads.)  

The food industry makes up one of the largest segments of our nation’s economy and continues to enjoy steady growth due to the ever-changing needs of consumers and increased awareness of nutritional and environmental issues. Food and bioprocess engineers play a vital role in meeting this need. From potato chips to microwavable entrees, food and bioprocess engineers continue to develop processes to convert raw materials from the farm to food products for the dining room table.

Major Requirements
Common Requirements53
Specialization & Technical Electives43
Capstone5
Total Credits101

Common Requirements

See Major Requirements.

Food & Bioprocess Engineering Specialization

This is a named option that will appear on the student's transcript upon completion.

CHEM 341 Elementary Organic Chemistry (preferred)3
or CHEM 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry
M E 361 Thermodynamics 13
or CBE 310 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
B M E/CBE 320 Introductory Transport Phenomena 14
or M E 363 Fluid Dynamics
BSE 464 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems3
Select one of the following:17-22
Food Engineering Track
Bioprocess Engineering Track
Total Credits30-35

Food Engineering Track

FOOD SCI/MICROBIO 325 Food Microbiology3
FOOD SCI 410 Food Chemistry3
FOOD SCI 432 Principles of Food Preservation3
FOOD SCI 532 Integrated Food Manufacturing4
BSE 364 Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials3
BSE 461 Food and Bioprocessing Operations3
Select one of the following BSE breadth courses:2-3
Renewable Energy Systems
On-Site Waste Water Treatment and Dispersal
Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources
Sediment and Bio-Nutrient Engineering and Management
Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design
Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery
Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles
Small Watershed Engineering
Total Credits21-22

Bioprocess Engineering Track

MICROBIO 102 General Microbiology Laboratory2
or MICROBIO 304 Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
BIOCHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry3
BSE 364 Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials3
BSE/​ENVIR ST  367 Renewable Energy Systems3
BSE 460 Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources3
BSE 461 Food and Bioprocessing Operations3
Select one of the following BSE breadth courses:
On-Site Waste Water Treatment and Dispersal
Rheology of Foods and Biomaterials
Sediment and Bio-Nutrient Engineering and Management
Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design
Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery
Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles
Small Watershed Engineering
Total Credits17

Technical Electives

Select courses from one or more of the following four technical elective categories to bring the total number of credits in the General Program Area or in the selected specialization area to 43. See the BSE Undergraduate Student Handbook for a list of recommended technical electives for various areas of specialization.

A. Introduction to Engineering Courses (freshmen only)

INTEREGR 101 Contemporary Issues in the Engineering Profession2
INTEREGR 102 Introduction to Society's Engineering Grand Challenges2
INTEREGR 110 Introduction to Engineering1
INTEREGR 111 Introduction to the Engineering Design Process and Profession2
INTEREGR 160 Introduction to Engineering Design3
INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum3

B. Independent Study/Instruction Courses

CALS or CoE courses with a 001, 299, 399, or 699 course number.  No more than 3 credits of coursework in this category can be used to meet technical elective requirements.

C. Upper-Level Courses

Part 1. Upper-Level Engineering Courses

This includes BSE courses not taken to meet other curricular requirements. This does not include independent study/instruction courses.

Any Engineering course numbered 300 or above
E M A 202 Dynamics3
or M E 240 Dynamics

Part 2. Upper-Level Science Courses

This includes BSE courses not taken to meet other curricular requirements. This does not include independent study/instruction courses.

Advanced biological, natural, and physical science courses (i.e., courses with a B, N, or P designation)
CHEM 341 Elementary Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 342 Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry3
CHEM/​M S & E  421 Polymeric Materials3
AGRONOMY/ATM OCN/SOIL SCI 532 Environmental Biophysics3

D. Lower-Level Science and Engineering Courses, Breadth Courses

Elementary and intermediate biological, natural and physical science courses except elementary and intermediate math courses; College of Engineering courses with a 100 or 200 level designation; College of Agricultural and Life Sciences courses, Institute of Environmental Studies courses, and/or School of Business courses. Independent study/instruction courses cannot be counted in this category. No more than 12 credits of coursework in this category can be used to meet technical elective requirements.

Capstone

BSE 508 Biological Systems Engineering Design Practicum I2
BSE 509 Biological Systems Engineering Design Practicum II 13
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam 1

Sample Biological Systems Engineering Four-Year Plan—Food and Bioprocess Engineering Specialization–BioProcess Engineering Track

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2215COMP SCI 3103
CHEM 10915INTEREGR 170 or 1102
E P D 1552MATH 2224
General Education Course3MICROBIO 101
MICROBIO 102
5
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BSE 249 or CBE 2503BSE 3493
MATH 2344MATH 3203
CHEM 3413E P D 3973
E M A 2013PHYSICS 2025
BSE 2703BSE 3081
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
M E 3613BSE 5082
BSE/​ENVIR ST  3673BSE 3643
BIOCHEM 5013M E 363 or CBE 3203-4
STAT 3243Technical Electives3
General Education Course3BSE 3653
 General Education Courses3
 15 17-18
Total Credits 32-33
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BSE 4613BSE 4643
BSE 5093General Education Courses6
BSE 4603BSE Breadth Requirement3
Technical Electives2-3Free Elective Course3
General Education Course3 
I SY E 3133 
 17-18 15
Total Credits 32-33

Sample Biological Systems Engineering Four-Year Plan—Food and Bioprocess Engineering Specialization–Food Engineering Track

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2215MICROBIO 1013
CHEM 10915COMP SCI 3103
E P D 1552INTEREGR 170 or 1102
General Education Course3MATH 2224
 I SY E 3133
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BSE 249 or CBE 2503BSE 3493
MATH 2344General Education Course3
E M A 2013MATH 3203
BSE 2703PHYSICS 2025
CHEM 3413BSE 3081
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FOOD SCI 4103BSE 3653
MICROBIO/​FOOD SCI  3253FOOD SCI 4323
M E 361 or CBE 3103BSE 5082
E P D 3973M E 363 or CBE 3203-4
STAT 3243BSE 3643
 15 14-15
Total Credits 29-30
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FOOD SCI 5324General Education Courses6
BSE 5093BSE Breadth Requirement3
General Education Course3BSE 4643
BSE 4613Technical Elective3
Technical Electives3-4Free Elective Course3
 16-17 18
Total Credits 34-35