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BS in Biosystems Engineering

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Biosystems engineers use engineering, math, and biology to design systems to manage soil and water resources and to design and develop biological and biomedical products. They work on projects involving wise use of energy, materials, biochemicals, and recyclable wastes. They combine technical knowledge, computer techniques, and control systems for a deeper understanding of agriculture and biology -- knowledge which someday may be used to design life support systems for colonies on other planets. Students may specialize in water resource engineering or biological engineering.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Website: http://www.cals.arizona.edu/abe/
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

None

  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
None
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 124 Calculus I with Applications 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics 3
ABE 284 Biosystems Thermal Engineering 3
ABE 296A Seminar in Biosystems Engineering 1
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I or PLS 240 Plant Biology 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
4th Semester
ABE 205 Engineering Analytic Computer Skills 3
AME 250 Dynamics 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II or MIC 205 A General Microbiology or PSIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab or MIC 205L &Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
5th Semester
CE 218 Mechanics of Fluids or AME 331 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 3
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
ABE 221 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3
ABE 447 Sensors and Controls 3
SIE 305 Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
ENGR 211P Engineering Science Module - Engineering Economics 1
6th Semester
ABE 423 Biosystems Analysis and Design 3
ABE 484 Advanced Biosystems Transport Phenomena 3
ABE 393 Internship 1
ABE Elective 3
ENGL 308 Technical Writing 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ABE 496A Seminar in Engineering Careers and Professionalism 1
ABE 498A Senior Capstone: Biosystems Engineering Design I 3
ABE Elective 3
Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ABE 498B Senior Capstone: Biosystems Engineering Design II 3
ABE Elective 3
Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of engineering principles, environmental and biological systems, communications, computer science, and technology gained from a major in Biosystems Engineering forms a valuable career foundation. Graduates in Biosystems Engineering might work in conservation, consulting, product development, policy design, or project management. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in engineering, geography, and public policy. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Agricultural consulting
  • Water resource engineering
  • Biological engineering
  • Soil conservation
  • Waste management engineering
  • Technical writing
  • Computer aided design
  • Policy advising
  • Consulting
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Engineering firms
  • Conservation organizations
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Waste management facilities
  • Government agencies
  • Farms
  • Technology companies
  • Development firms
  • Research laboratories
  • Colleges and universities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Biosystems Engineer $39,000 - $91,000
Waste Management Engineer $42,000 - $99,000
Soil Scientist $34,120 - $58,990
Biomedical Engineer $52,600 - $86,960
Water Resources Engineer $44,000 - $98,000
Environmental Specialist $35,000 - $80,000
Natural Resources Technician $22,000 - $49,000
Computer Aided Design Manager $50,000 - $80,000
Industrial Ecologist $34,000 - $95,000
Bioresource Engineer $40,000 - $70,000
Agricultural Engineer $44,750 - $74,000
Green Products Manufacturer $27,030 - $45,000
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Technical Writer $33,000 - $88,000
Policy Analyst $36,000 - $96,000