Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering is an engineering major that deals with the living systems. It applies physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to natural products and systems for developing a cleaner, more productive and sustainable world.


The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Biological Engineering major at NC A&T has two tracks:

Bioprocess Engineering-The Bioprocess Engineering track is based in lab chemistry. It teaches students how to transform biological materials into products such as biodegradable plastics, hydrogen fuel, ethanol and biodiesel fuel. For example, when you see ethanol at the gas pump, it’s due to the skills of bioprocess engineers. Please review Bioprocess Engineering curriculum guide here.

Natural Resources Engineering- The Natural Resources Engineering track is involved with the outdoors, and with water and soil conservation. It focuses on utilizing, conserving, and restoring nature for a safe and sustainable living environment. For instance, when you see a retention pond near a parking lot, it’s very likely that someone with natural resources engineering skills designed it. Please review Natural Resources Engineering curriculum guide here.

The educational objectives of the BIOE Program are as following:
Our graduates will:
1. Demonstrate the ability to work productively and ethically as Biological Engineers or to pursue graduate education.
2. Have the skills to actively lead or participate in multi-disciplinary teams.
3. Be active in professional societies, engage in continuing education, and progress towards professional registration.
4. Contribute to society and to the diversity of the workforce in their company and in their profession by actively recruiting and serving as mentors for these organizations.

Student outcomes for the Biological Engineering Program are:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(l) an ability to demonstrate knowledge of biological systems

To learn more about what a major in biological engineering can mean for your future, please contact:

Dr. Ghasem Shahbazi
Director, Biological Engineering Program
Sockwell Hall

Enrollment and graduation data for major code 260 (Biological Engineering) can be found here

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