The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering under the auspices of the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Biosystems Engineering program at the University of Arizona is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The ABET accredited Biosystems Engineering curriculum is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the physical, biological, and engineering sciences, engineering design, and engineering practice for the full span of agricultural and biosystems areas. Our students use engineering, math, and biology to design systems to manage soil and water resources and to design and develop biological and biomedical products. This will help our graduates help to feed 9 billion people by 2050. They also 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. The tools we use range from satellites, to drones, to nanotechnology, to big data science. In order to assist with feeding 9 billion people, we are working on:
- Optimizing growth conditions in controlled environment agriculture
- Finding alternative fuel and feed sources
- Irrigating crops sustainably
- Analyzing big data sets generated from using sensors and controls and looking at metagenomics
The program is aimed toward entry into the engineering profession or for preparation for graduate studies, including medical school. New developments in engineering tools such as computer aided design, computer control systems, advanced materials and sensors, geographic positioning systems, and the internet are utilized in the program where appropriate.
Although offered jointly between the two colleges, Biosystems Engineering degree and program is housed in the College of Engineering.