Biosystems Engineering

Our Biosystems Engineering (BE) program (formerly biological engineering) helps students prepare for careers in which they apply engineering principles to biological systems. We have a solid base of traditional engineering courses mixed with exposure in chemistry/biochemistry and the biological sciences. The electives in the BE program allow the student to focus an emphasis in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, precision agriculture, or premedical studies. Many of our BE students choose to pursue further education in professional and graduate schools after finishing at Mississippi State. Students graduating over the past ten years have gone on to: Medical School, 25%; Graduate School in Engr (biomedical or environmental), 35%; Employment in Enviro, Biomed, Ag, and other Engr jobs, 30%; and other grad schools (MBA, dental, vet, law, etc), 10%.

Most of the jobs available to B.S. graduates of Biological Engineering are in the environmental area. We advise students interested in biomedical engineering to consider attending graduate school in order to be more competitive in the job market.


Undergraduate Biosystems Engineering students may choose the base biosystems engineering or from the following concentration and emphasis areas:

General Education Electives

In addition, undergraduate students may also choose to minor in leadership or other areas, and several certificate programs in the Bagley College of Engineering are also available for interested students.

Biosystems Engineering Base

The base curriculum of the Biosystems Engineering program gives students the solid foundation needed for pursuing career in engineering, for pursuing advanced degree in engineering and other professional schools such as medical, law, veterinary,  physical therapy, and others. Some students choose to pursue graduate schools in engineering, business, and other disciplines. The base curriculum gives students more flexibility in choosing their technical elective courses and to give them more options in selecting possible future pathways in employments, graduate schools, professional schools, and others.  The broad and solid foundation our students get in engineering, mathematics, modeling, life sciences, agriculture, advanced electronics and sensors, and other modern computational tools, give them the ability to solve broader problems in engineered systems, biological systems including human body and human health, the environment, and other multidisciplinary issues. Student can compete for private and government jobs in many areas that require problem-solving skills.

Environmental Emphasis

Conservation and improvement of air, soil, and water quality is critically important, and engineering expertise is frequently required to achieve it. Biosystems engineers address measurement and continuous monitoring of environmental variables, development of techniques for biological treatment of industrial and animal/human wastes and pollutants, design of sustainable systems, and design of treatment facilities. After graduation, employment opportunities exist with industry, environmental consulting firms, regulatory agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, state departments of environmental quality, etc.), or with service agencies (Natural Resources Conservation Service, Corps of Engineers, etc.).

Biomedical Concentration with Premedical Emphasis

The premedical emphasis area was developed to prepare students for entry into medical, dental, or veterinary schools. Students completing study in this area fulfill all the admission requirements of most medical schools. This emphasis area also offers a broad-based engineering degree to students who decide not to pursue advanced medical study. The acceptance rate for students applying to medical schools has always been greater than 85 percent.

For more information:
Dr. Filip To
Undergraduate Coordinator for Biosystems and Biomedical Engineering
130 Creelman Street