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Program Educational Objectives for Biological Engineering

Our educational objectives are published in the College of Engineering Catalog 2010-2011. They are also found on the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department website at The College Catalog is updated every two years, and the web page is continuously updated.

The educational objectives of the Biological Engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  • effectively practice Biological and Food Process Engineering for the design and operation of systems for processing of biological materials to develop products for the food, pharmaceutical and biochemical industries.
  • have demonstrated proficiency in fundamental engineering skills and technical knowledge as well as professional and personal skills appropriate for their profession.
  • are prepared for future challenges and opportunities in the areas of food, pharmaceutical and biochemical engineering through the discovery and application of knowledge.
  • learn and develop as individuals, contribute to the profession and global society, and attain maximum potential through life-long learning.

To achieve the program educational objectives, the Department will:

  • recruit, support, and retain competent faculty and staff; and
  • provide facilities and equipment to create an atmosphere conducive to learning and discovery and application of knowledge.

Biological Engineering Student Outcomes

Graduates of this program will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communite effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Biological Engineering Plan of Study (Students entering Fall 2013 and after)

Biological Engineering Plan of Study (Students entering prior to Fall 2013)

The Bachelor of Science in the Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700,