Coursework Overview

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Undergraduate Coursework Overview

From day one, Biological Systems Engineering students are hands on problem solving, creating, designing, building, researching, analyzing, and more.

Biological Systems Engineering Courses

Visit Course Information to see a listing of the Biological Systems Engineering courses.

Lower Division

The first two years of study are dedicated to developing an appreciation of engineering design along with the scientific and general background necessary for study in the field. Lower division coursework includes engineering science, biological sciences, math, general chemistry, physics, English and oral communication.

Upper Division

The third and fourth year courses advance skills related to Biological Systems Engineering design, conceptualization, and creativity. Upper division coursework further develops skills in biological systems and science, mathematics, and engineering.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about Biological Systems Engineering, please see the Program Overview.

Degree Requirements

For detailed information about all the majors and minors offered in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, please see the Degree Requirements page. The department is proud to offer a Biological Systems Engineering major and minors in Energy Efficiency; Energy Policy; Energy, Science and Technology; Geographic Information Systems; and Precision Agriculture.

Sample Academic Plans

There are a number of paths students can take through the program. Please feel free to use the following Sample Academic Plans to help, or contact your advisor for more information.

UC Davis General Catalog

The UC Davis General Catalog maintains the most up-to-date information regarding coursework. Please keep in mind that the coursework listed on this site is for information purposes only. The General Catalog was last published in February 2019.

Mandatory Advising Holds

Mandatory Holds

Each year, students in the College of Engineering are required to meet with an academic advisor and as a result, have an advising hold placed on their record. This hold requires that you meet with your major advisor to discuss your educational, professional, personal goals and challenges. Not clearing the hold by that date will affect your next quarter’s registration.

New First-Year Students and New First Term Transfer Students

During the 2019-2020 academic year, students who are in their first year at the university will have an advising hold placed for the fall 2019 quarter, requiring that you submit your completed Advising Worksheet by November 30th, 2019.

Continuing Students (2nd year, 3rd, year, 4th year and beyond)

Students in their second year will have a hold placed during the winter 2020 quarter, requiring that you submit your completed Advising Worksheet by February 28th, 2020.

Students in their third year will have a hold placed during the spring 2020 quarter, requiring that you submit your completed Advising Worksheet by May 31st, 2020.

For students in their fourth year or beyond, an advising hold will be placed at the start of the fall 2019 quarter, requiring that you submit your completed Advising Worksheet by February 28th, 2020.


To Release Your Hold: 

  1. Complete an Advising Worksheet: First-Year Advising Worksheet or Continuing Advising Worksheet
  2. Create a 3-quarter Academic Plan by visiting students.ucdavis.edu and clicking Forms & Petitions > Submit a New Form > Academic Plan > Save as Draft
  3. Make an appointment with the Undergraduate Program Advisor and bring your Advising Worksheet to the appointment
  4. Make an appointment with your assigned Faculty Advisor and bring your Advising Worksheet to the appointment
  5. Return the signed Advising Worksheet to the Student Form Box outside of 2038 Bainer Hall before you hold is active

Holds When Seeking to Change Majors

If you plan to change your major within the College of Engineering, please meet with the advisor from your intended major to clear your hold.

If you plan to change your major outside the College of Engineering, please email your approved Academic Plan from the intended major to the EBS Undergraduate Program Advisor at BAEAdvising@ucdavis.edu