University of Arizona
Degree Search Header

Biosystems Engineering

« Back to all degrees
Left
Right

Biosystems Engineering

BS in Biosystems Engineering

Apply Now

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 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

Select a year:

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A/B or MATH 125 Calculus I with Applications 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or CHEM 105A/106A 4
ENGL 101 or 107 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or CHEM 105B/106B 4
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanic or PHYS 161H 4
ENGL 102 or 108 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics 3
ABE 284 Biosystems Thermal Engineering 3
ABE 201 Introduction to Biosystems Engineering 2
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
MCB 181R/L Introductory Biology I or PLS 240 4
4th Semester
ABE 205 Engineering Analytic Computer Skills 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism or PHYS 261H 4
ECOL 182R/L Introductory Biology II or 4
MIC 205 A/L or PSIO 201" 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CE 218 (lower division) or AME 331 (upper division) 3
SIE 265 Engineering Management I 3
ABE 221 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3
ABE 447 Sensors and Controls 3
SIE 305 Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
6th Semester
ABE 423 Biosystems Analysis and Design 3
ABE Design Elective: See major advisor for course approval 3
ABE Technical Elective: See major advisor for course approval 3
ENGL 308 Technical Writing or ENVS 408 or AGTM 422 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ABE 496A Seminar in Engineering Careers and Professionalism 1
ABE 498A Senior Design: Biosystems Engineering Design I or 3
ABE Technical Elective ¿ See major advisor for course approval 3
ABE Design Elective ¿ See major advisor for course approval 3
ABE 393 Internship 1
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ABE 498B Senior Design: Biosystems Engineering Design I or 3
ABE Technical Elective - See major advisor for course approval 3
ABE Technical Elective - See major advisor for course approval 3
ABE Design Elective - See major advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 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

Which college/university do you attend?