B.S. Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering (BIOE) is the application of sciences, mathematics and biological principles to advance human health and environmental sustainability. Biological Engineering students take mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, agricultural, and engineering courses, during their matriculation at North Carolina A&T State University to satisfy the basic requirements in life sciences and engineering principles for this degree. The BIOE program at N.C. A&T has two concentrations: Bioprocess Engineering and Natural Resources Engineering

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

• B.S. Biological Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering focuses on plant and microbial cell biology, and biomanufacturing techniques to produce biofuels (e.g., ethanol and biodiesel), bioproducts (e.g., proteins and biodegradable polymers), biochemicals (e.g., biodetergents and adhesives) and pharmaceuticals (e.g., vaccine and antibiotics. The BIOE program meets all pre-academic requirements for attending medical school. To review the Bioprocess Engineering curriculum guide click here.

• B. S. Biological Engineering, Natural Resources Engineering track  The Natural Resources Engineering involves soil and water conservation engineering; water resources management which includes drainage, irrigation, natural resources management, or environmental/ecological restoration; water quality, surface and sub-surface hydrology, and land management. Graduates are trained to design and evaluate biological systems to enhance human well-being and environmental health. Our graduates are trained to embrace lifelong learning so that they can continue to be productive long after graduation, to meet the needs of an ever-changing global society. To review Natural Resources Engineering curriculum guide click here.

The educational objectives of the BIOE Program follow:

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 lead or participate in multi-disciplinary teams actively.
  3. Be active in professional societies, engage in continuing education, and progress towards professional registration.
  4. Contribute professionally to society and to enhance the diversity of the workforce with quality engineers.

Student outcomes for the Biological Engineering Program are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. ability to understand social and global aspects of engineering solutions
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning knowledge of contemporary issues
  10. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  11. ability to use modern engineering tools and techniques
  12. an ability to demonstrate knowledge of biological systems

Find out more about what biological engineers do by reading about Biomass and Bioenergy Research or by visiting our Facebook page  for the N.C. A&T chapter of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Please contact us to request a tour of our facilities and to find out which track in Biological Engineering is the best fit for your career goals:

Dr. Ghasem Shahbazi

Dr. Ghasem Shahbazi

Director, Biological Engineering Program
Room 107 Sockwell Hall
336-285- 3830 (or) 3836
ash@ncat.edu

Please see Educational Objectives and Outcomes of the Biological Engineering Program.

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