Machinery systems engineering is what many students initially perceive biological systems engineering to be. These engineers are trained to design machines for production agriculture and construction. Concepts covered in this field include power transmission, traction, hydraulic power, and crop handling, such as planting and harvesting.

Over the past 50 years, machines have improved production efficiency in all aspects of life. Machinery systems engineers have played a key role in moving society from the highly manual culture of the early 20th century to the highly technical culture of the late 20th century. Even with these advances, the job of the machinery systems engineer is not complete. Concern for our natural environment and worker safety, and the constant desire to reduce costs and energy consumption while improving production efficiency, will continue to challenge machinery systems engineers.

Major Requirements
Common Requirements53
Specialization & Technical Electives43
Total Credits101

Common Requirements

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Machinery Systems Engineering Specialization

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

BSE/M E 475 Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery3
BSE/M E 476 Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles3
E M A 202 Dynamics3
or M E 240 Dynamics
M E 306 Mechanics of Materials3
or E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials
E M A/M E 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab1
M E 231 Geometric Modeling for Design and Manufacturing2
M E 313 Manufacturing Processes3
M E 340 Dynamic Systems3
M E 342 Design of Machine Elements3
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
M E 363 Fluid Dynamics3
Select one of the following BSE breadth courses:2-3
Renewable Energy Systems
On-Site Waste Water Treatment and Dispersal
Rheology of Foods and Biomaterials
Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources
Food and Bioprocessing Operations
Sediment and Bio-Nutrient Engineering and Management
Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design
Small Watershed Engineering
Food and Pharmaceutical Separations
Total Credits32-33

Technical Electives

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Sample Biological Systems Engineering Four-Year Plan—Machinery Systems Engineering Specialization

MATH 2215MATH 2224
CHEM 10915PHYSICS 2025
General Education Course3INTEREGR 170 or 1102
E P D 1552M E 2312
 COMP SCI 3103
 15 16
Total Credits 31
MATH 2344M E 3613
General Education Course3M E 3063
E M A 2013M E/​E M A  3071
Biological Science Course3STAT 3243
BSE 2493BSE 3493
 E M A 2023
 BSE 3081
 16 17
Total Credits 33
BSE/​M E  4753M E 3403
MATH 3203BSE/​M E  4763
M E 3633E P D 3973
I SY E 3133M E 3133
BSE 2703BSE 5082
 BSE 3653
 15 17
Total Credits 32
BSE 5093General Education Courses6
BSE Breadth Requirement3Technical Electives9
Technical Elective5 
M E 3423 
 14 15
Total Credits 29