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

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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:2-3
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 Credits19-20

Technical Electives

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Capstone

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