Biosystems Engineering is an engineering discipline like all other engineering disciplines. You need to take math classes, physics, chemistry, statics, fluid mechanics, dynamics and strength of materials; engineering classes that are common to many other engineering disciplines. As sophomore/junior you start taking specific Biosystems Engineering classes that prepare you to solve problems that are rooted in biological systems and applied at the system scale. iosystems Engineering is an engineering discipline like all other engineering disciplines. You need to take math classes, physics, chemistry, statics, fluid mechanics, dynamics and strength of materials; engineering classes that are common to many other engineering disciplines. As sophomore/junior you start taking specific Biosystems Engineering classes that prepare you to solve problems that are rooted in biological systems and applied at the system scale.
 
Three things make the UT Biosystems Engineering program unique, both among all UT engineering programs and other similar programs at other universities.  The first unique aspect is the program breadth.  You will develop a very broad range of skills that will allow you to be successful in almost any field of engineering.  That breadth is one of the primary program strengths cited by our graduates, and is reflected in the tremendous range of areas in which they are successfully working.  The second unique aspect is the emphasis on design, seen throughout the program but strongest in the senior design sequence.  This extends over two semesters, and takes a design from the initial problem statement through building and testing a prototype.  The third unique aspect of the UT BSE program is the application of engineering principles to complex biological systems.  These complex systems require engineering application that is as much art as science, requiring true innovation and creativity.
 
Examples of problems that Biosystems Engineers tackle include:
  • the design of equipment and practices to produce safe high-quality food without endangering people and other living beings
  • the improvement of people’s quality of life while protecting the environment
  • the conversion of waste materials into valuable resources
  • the development of management practices that minimize soil erosion and conserve our precious water resources
  • the development of equipment that is safer, uses less energy, and protects the environment
  • the development of instrumentation and of sensors that minimize agricultural inputs, while maximizes quality and quantity of output, including the development of “smart” sensors that “learn” as they are used 
 
Some Biosystems Engineers work in sales or public service, and many over the course of their career move into management positions. With an engineering degree in hand, you will see that you are in high demand.
  
Biosystems Engineering is also a degree that can lead to dental, law, medical, pharmacy and veterinary schools.