Biological Systems Engineering
The faculty in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering have established several broad goals for students. These goals emphasize education instead of training, and they focus on the whole person, rather than narrow technical skills.
The overall objective of the educational programs of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering is to provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of science and engineering and apply them to improved methods of producing and processing food, agricultural, and biological materials with consideration to wise and responsible use of resources for the benefit of global society.
Biological Systems Engineering (BSEN) is an accredited engineering program by ABET, inc. ABET accredited programs publish their “Program Objectives” for access by employers, parents, students, and others interested in what graduates of the programs are “expected toattain within a few years of graduation.” The following are the Program Objectives for Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska.
BSEN Program Objectives
With in a few years of graduation, BSEN alumni will share the attribute of improving the organization for which they work, and the community and country in which they live. They will do this whether they are involved in biomedical engineering, water resources or environmental engineering, food or bioprocess engineering, or other professional endeavors such as business, law or medicine. In doing so, they will:
1. provide innovative and effective solutions to problems in a variety of work environments through the use of their unique background in biological systems engineering and the biological sciences;
2. look beyond components in isolation thereby providing holistic solutions to complex issues involving, for example, interactions at the ecosystem, organism, organ, cellular or subcellar level;
3. think logically using appropriate elements of mathematics, science and engineering to develop, manage and interpret data, to correctly interpret new research findings and, to design new systems for the benefit of society;
4. successfully integrate technical knowledge with organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills to lead and work effectively in teams, and to articulate the role of engineering decisions in the workplace, community and world;
5. responsibly address issues such as health and safety, personal and professional ethics, cultural diversity, as well as the social, environmental and global impacts of their work; and
6. continue their personal growth, education, and professional development, and professional and community service through various opportunities provided by institutions, professional organizations, and other venues
Emphasis Courses (Need at least 9 hours):
• (Offered in Fall) • (Offered in Spring)
Water and Environmental
Bioenergy and Food
BSEN Graduation Checklist
• Submit an Application for Admission to the Biological Systems Engineering degree program. 43 credit hours applicable to the program are required for acceptance. Must be completed prior to taking 62 hours.
• Submit an Application for Minor for your minor program(s), if any. This must be approved before submission of your senior check form.
• Submit a Senior Check Form, with a degree audit report summary (DARS), prior to your last semester of study.
• Make plans for after graduation.
• Submit an Application for Degree at beginning of term of graduation.