Biological Engineering (BIOE)

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.

1)    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, please click here.

2)    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 the Natural Resources Engineering Curriculum Guide, please click here.

The educational objectives of the BIOE Program follows:

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 professionally to society and to enhance the diversity of the workforce with quality engineers.

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)    ability to understand social and global aspects of engineering solutions

i)      a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning a knowledge of contemporary issues

j)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

k)    ability to use modern engineering tools and techniques 

i)     an ability to demonstrate knowledge of biological systems

Program Requirements

A Biological Engineering major must complete 120 credit hours


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

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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
336-334-7787 or 336-285-3836

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

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