Biological Systems Engineering Major
Biological Systems Engineering (EBSE) is an engineering major that uses life sciences as its main scientific base. With rapid advances in biology and biotechnology, engineers are needed to work side by side with life scientists to bring laboratory developments into commercial production or field application. Industries in food and fiber production, bioenergy, bioprocessing, biotechnology, food processing, agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, plant and animal production, natural resource management, and waste reduction all need engineers with strong training in biology.
In the first two years, the Biological Systems Engineering major requires sequences of courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering science, and humanities, similar to all accredited engineering programs. In addition to these courses, the major also includes courses in the life sciences and the application to engineering. Exclusive of General Education units, the Biological Systems Engineering major requires a minimum of 163 units (86 units in the lower division; 77 units in the upper division).
EBSE Degree Requirements:
- 2023-24 Degree Requirements (expires after Summer 2025)
- 2022-23 Degree Requirements (expires after Summer 2024)
- GE recommendations for the EBS major.
- GE Planning Worksheet
Sample Academic Plans
- BSE 4 Year Plan
- EBS Core Curriculum with Tracks
- Ag. and Natural Resources Track Sample Schedule – Automation for Agriculture
- Biotechnical Engineering Track Sample Schedule – Plant Biotechnology
- Food Engineering Track Sample Schedule – Food Engineering