Biosystems Engineering

B.S. in Biosystems Engineering

Modernizing our food, water and energy systems

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Explore cutting-edge engineering to maximize earth’s resources and minimize waste.

The B.S. in Biosystems Engineering combines hands-on engineering, life sciences and math to solve current sustainability challenges. From innovative irrigation systems to renewable resources, to greenhouse optimization, we lead industries into a cleaner future. As a student in this program, you will work alongside noted faculty in both the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering. Graduates from this ABET-accredited program pursue careers in areas like data science, environmental systems, soil and water conservation, and bioproducts.

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences offers $1 million in scholarships to our students! Combine these options with university scholarships and support from privately funded scholarships and you're well on your way to achieving your educational goals at a price you can afford.

Students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering have exclusive access to nearly $7,000 program-specific scholarships, awarded from 11 different scholarships -- in addition to $230,000 in scholarships that are available to all or most CALES students.

A degree in Biosystems Engineering prepares you for careers in biosystem data science and engineering. It also can serve as a springboard for graduate school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for bioengineers was $100,730 with a faster than average job growth overall (2023).

Although your career possibilities are limitless, here are some example career paths our students follow:

  • Bioengineers and biomedical engineers: combine engineering principles with sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software.
  • Data scientist: use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.
  • Biological technician: help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.
  • Controlled Environment Agricultural Engineer: design and manage systems for optimizing crop growth in controlled environments like greenhouses and indoor farms.
  • Water Resource Engineer: develop systems for the sustainable use, distribution and treatment of water resources.

Your path toward an impactful career in biosystems engineering

The B.S. in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona qualifies students to become biological or biomedical engineers, with alumni often working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, civilian engineer roles within the U.S. military, and defense-industry companies like Raytheon.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Emphasis:
Applied Instrumentation for Controlled Environment Agriculture
Aquaponics Engineering 
Irrigation Systems Design
Water Resources Emphasis: 
Wastewater Treatment Design System
Watershed Management
Hydraulic Engineering and Design
Data Analytics Emphasis: 
Biosystems Analysis and Design
Engineering Analytic Computer Skills
Sensors & Controls
Digital Agriculture Emphasis: 
Agronomy Foundations
Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Precision Observation with Drones
Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Emphasis: 
Biomechanical Engineering
Medical Device Design