Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Degree Program


Website: Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Degree Program's website

Phone: 608-262-2239

Room 125, Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706


Students who undertake graduate studies in BSE normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in biological systems. They desire to learn how knowledge is generated, how it is critically evaluated, and how solutions to problems are generated and applied. Graduate studies improve the ability of students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision making and problem solving.

The department offers students an opportunity to undertake research and advanced study in different specializations such as biological systems, environmental quality and natural resource engineering, waste management, food and bioprocess engineering, nanotechnology and biosensing, machinery systems, bio-resources and bio-refining, and agricultural safety and health.


Graduate research assistantships, project assistantships, and fellowships are available on a highly competitive basis.


The department requires that students have a strong engineering background for admission to its graduate program. Most applicants have a bachelor of science degree from an ABET/EAC–accredited engineering program or an engineering undergraduate degree from an international institution. Applicants who do not have a bachelor of science degree from an ABET/EAC–accredited engineering program may be admitted with a stipulation that they complete supplemental work. Contact the department for details concerning additional requirements.

Each applicant’s credentials are evaluated by the Graduate Instruction and Research Committee of the Department with special attention being given to undergraduate achievement, previous graduate work, apparent research ability and compatibility of student objectives with the research objectives of the department.