Freshman

Course Selection

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas.
  • Gateway courses: MATH 1610/1620, PHYS 1600, CHEM 1030/1031, ENGR 1110/1100.

Ask for Assistance

Carley Building, home of Biosystems Engineering Student Advising

Gain Experience

  • Attend Co-op orientation.
  • Attend Internship & Part-Time Job Fair in Fall/Spring.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Check out the engineering student organizations in your area of interest.
  • The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) student branch is a professional organization for students interested in engineering for sustainable tomorrow.
  • Join other BSEN students in international engineering competitions for design, undergraduate research, essay competition and video production, and War Eagle Pullers (1/4 scale tractor team).
  • Follow the College of Agriculture on our social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Maintain a good GPA, seek academic support early and often.
  • Discuss appropriate electives and minor options with your advisors.
  • Gateway courses: MATH 2630/2650, ENGR 2050, BIOL 1020/21.

Ask for Assistance

Gain Experience

  • Visit the Engineering Career Development and Corporate Relations office to help build a resume, find out about internships and on campus recruiting activity.
  • Participate in an internship or Co-op, this adds valuable experience to your resume.
  • Prepare professional eportfolio.
  •  Attend the BSEN Career Fair in Spring.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer and seek out opportunities that cater to your interests and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest to attend meetings and enhance your resume.

 

Junior

Course Selection

  • Continuing developing knowledge.
  • Work with faculty advisor, begin to select elective courses that align with your future goals.
  • Gateway courses: BSEN 3310/3230, BIOL 3200, CHEM 1040, STAT 3010.

Ask for Assistance

Gain Experience

  • Consider study abroad opportunities and seek out undergraduate research projects.
  • Update eportfolio.
  • Attend professional development conferences, the Engineering & Technology Career Fair, take industry tours.
  • Attend the BSEN Career Fair in Spring.
  • If pursuing graduate school get involved with undergraduate research projects.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in the ASABE student branch organization.
  • Alpha Epsilon is the honor society.
    for biosystems engineers that is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Continue to ensure your courses align with your career interest.
  • Synthesize skills to complete senior design project.
  • Gateway courses: BSEN 4300/5220.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with BSEN faculty and the University Career Center to explore career options, receive individualized assistance and update your eportfolio, resume, and cover letter sample.
  • Meet with Graduate Advisors in your department to learn about graduate opportunities.

Gain Experience

  • Attend the Engineering & Technology Career Fair, All Majors Career Fair and/or Grad School Info Day.
  • Update eportfolio and prepare for job interviews.
  • Attend the BSEN Career Fair in Spring.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in other organizations.

General Information

The program prepares graduates to apply engineering principles to the challenges and opportunities presented in biological systems, natural resources, and the environment. They can be found in a variety of areas including bioenergy, water resources, engineering, forest operations engineering, watershed modeling, stream and river restoration and others.

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Interests

Holland's Code: IRE

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • ISTJ
    • INTJ
    • ESTP
    • ENTP

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

    Values

    • Independence
    • Working Conditions
    • Achievement

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking
    • Active Listening
    • Complex Problem Solving
    • Judgment and Decision Making
    • Reading Comprehension

    Last modified: August 12, 2020