Degree requirements BAE UC Davis EBS

Degree Information

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering has put together the following resources, including a downloadable degree requirements outline, to help guide you through attaining your degree. Please keep in mind that the degree requirements listed in the UC Davis General Catalog are the most up-to-date and definitive source of information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your Program Advisor for assistance.


Biological Systems Engineering (EBS): To read more about the major, visit the UC Davis General Catalog.


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Biological Systems Engineering Major Program Overview

Biological Systems Engineering (EBS) majors apply the principles of engineering to the discipline of biology. At its core, engineering is about creating solutions to problems. Biological systems engineers are no different.

Biological systems engineers try to solve real world problems such as developing renewable biofuels and bioenergy, developing sustainable biomaterials and bioproducts, finding a solution to food insecurity, developing sustainable agricultural practices, working towards environmental sustainability, and more. Our three areas of research are Biotechnical Engineering, Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering, and Food Engineering.

Biological systems engineers are trying to solve some of the most important and difficult challenges humanity faces in order to create a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Students graduating with a B.S. degree in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis are prepared to:

  • Apply life sciences in engineering at the biochemical, cellular, organism, and ecosystem levels
  • Solve biological systems engineering problems while employed in the private or public sector
  • Consider the environmental and social consequences of their engineering activities
  • Communicate effectively with professional colleagues and public constituencies
  • Act in an ethical manner
  • Continue their education in a changing professional world

Graduates pursue a wide range of careers in biotechnology, medicine, energy, forest management, government, academia, and others. EBS majors strive to better themselves and the world.