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Biosystems Engineering

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.

Math Required:


    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.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No

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.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 Foundation Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
MATH 122B Math-Calculus I (5 units) or MATH 125 Math-Calculus I (3units) 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engr Lecture or (Engineering Courses - Additional Courses I) ENGR102A & ENG 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Math - Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 141 or PHYS 161H Intro Mechanics Physics 4
ENGL 102 Foundation Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics (Additional Courses II) 3
BE/ABE 284 Biosystems Thermal Engineering (Engineering Courses) 3
BE/ABE 201 Introduction to Biosystems Engineering (Engineering Courses) 2
MATH 223 Vector Calculus (Math) 4
MCB 181 R & L Molecular and Cellular Biology (Science) or PLS 240 Plant Biology (Science-Plant Scien 4
4th Semester
BE/ABE 205 Engineering Analytic Computer Skills (Engineering Courses) 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations (Math) 3
PHYS 241 or PHYS 261H Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (Science) 4
ECOL 182 R & L Ecology II (Science ) or MIC 205 A & MIC 205 L Microbiology (Science ) or PSIO 201 Hu 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CE 218 Mechanics of Fluids (Engineering Courses II) or 0
AME 331 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (Engineering Courses II) " 3
SIE 265 Engineering Management I (Engineering Courses I) 3
BE/ABE 221 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design ( Advanced Core Courses) or BE/ABE 220 Engineering 3
BE 447 Sensors and Controls Biosystems Engnieering (Advanced Core Courses) 3
SIE 305 Engineering Probability and Statistics (Engineering Courses I) 3
6th Semester
BE/ABE 423 Biosystems Analysis and Design (Advanced Core Courses) 3
(BE) Design Elective (Advanced Design Courses) 3
Technical Elective 3
ALC 422 or ENGL 308 or ENVS 408 Technical Writing (Additional Courses) 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
BE/ABE 496A Seminar in Engineering Careers and Professionalism (Advanced Core Courses) 1
BE/ABE 498A or ENGR 498A Engineering Design Capstone 3
Technical Elective 3
(BE) Design Elective (Advanced Design Courses) 3
BE/ABE 493 Internship (Advanced Core Courses) 1
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials (Engineering Courses II) 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
BE/ABE 498B or ENGR 498B Engineering Design Capstone 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
(BE) Design Elective (Advanced Design Courses) 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

  • 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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