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Grad Student doing field study

Biological and Environmental Engineering is a multi-faceted discipline that comprises many diverse subjects. To reflect this diversity, the department has the following areas of concentration:

  • Biological Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • Bioenergy & Integrated Energy Systems
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Ecohydrology
  • Food Engineering
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Synthetic Biology

There is overlap among concentrations, with many projects done in a multidisciplinary manor.  Opportunities abound, such as the BEE Research Symposium held in the spring, that foster synergy and community among the students in the program.

A candidate for a research master's (MS) or doctoral degree (PhD) is expected to:

Demonstrate mastery of knowledge in their chosen program of study and to make a contribution to the scholarship of the field (MS) or synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline (PhD).

Demonstrate advanced research skills by synthesizing existing knowledge; identifying and accessing all sources of relevant information; applying and modifying existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills; and critically analyzing and evaluating one's own findings and those of others.

Demonstrate effective oral, written, and visual communication skills and the ability to listen, give, and receive feedback effectively.

Demonstrate a commitment to advancing the values of scholarship by keeping abreast of current advances within one's field and related areas and showing a commitment to personal, professional development through engagement in professional societies, publications, teaching, grantsmanship, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, and other knowledge transfer modes.

Information for candidate's for a masters in engineering degree (MEng) can be found here.