Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Engineers in a Lab

About the Major

The Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering major prepares you for a career in developing a plan to restore a wetland or contaminated site; developing an instrumentation system to improve quality control in a food processing line; designing a process and equipment to convert biomass into energy and polymers; or working as a sales engineer to develop technical solutions to meet a client's needs. The curriculum provides an education in engineering with a focus on renewable resources, biological systems, and the environment including issues affecting soil, water, and air.

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Design Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Plant Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer 
  • Research Engineer
  • Sales Representative 

Top Employers

  • 3M
  • Cargill
  • Kellogg’s
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • WSB/Water Resources Group

Types of Employers

  • Biofuel industry 
  • Biotechnology laboratories
  • Chemical engineering firms
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Food manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • Paper and fiber products companies
  • Recycling and waste management companies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Wood products manufacturers 

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Maddie (she/her) can assist you with

  • Major and career exploration
  • Internship planning
  • Job searching
  • Interview prep and practice
  • Grad school planning and more...

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Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: bioproducts, biosystems, biofuels, bio processing, environmental engineering, food engineering, bioproducts engineering, sustainable engineering.
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.