Biosystems Engineering is the most “integrative” engineering discipline available today. It combines elements from biological, chemical, environmental, mechanical, civil, electrical, and other engineering disciplines to produce the broadest possible engineering skill set. This engineering background is complemented with a focus on biologically-based systems critical for solving problems involving energy, people, and the environment.
Major Guides: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 2012-2013
A degree in Biosystems Engineering is no longer just preparation for a career in engineering. Many professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and others) have realized that the rigors of an engineering curriculum prepare you for almost any challenge. The main emphasis of the Pre-Professional Concentration is to prepare you for acceptance to a professional program.
The Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) Concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production.
There is a movement afoot to transform agriculture into a much more sustainable enterprise, including the proliferation of organic farms. The Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes an ecosystem approach to crop production and sustainability of our precious natural resources.
This BS degree in Environmental and Soil Sciences provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences and technology, and the Construction Science concentration includes skills to prepare them for careers in the construction industry which is becoming increasing more technology driven.
Environmental scientists study land, soil, and water resources, and their role in natural and managed ecosystems, often working to remove the hazards that affect people, wildlife, and their environments. Understanding the issues involved in protecting the environment—degradation, conservation, recycling, climate change, and renewal energy—is central to the work of environmental scientists.
The Land Surveying Concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production, soil science, and land surveying.
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in off-road vehicle business (agriculture, recreation, construction, landscape, etc.), wildlife management, or employment with off-road vehicle equipment and material suppliers.
Soil Scientists are trained to understand and manage soil and other natural resources such as water, including soil and water conservation issues, land use concerns, best management practices for urban and rural lands, waste disposal, and reclamation of disturbed lands. The Soil Science Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes soils and their long-term use, conservation, and productivity.