Biological Systems EngineeringCollege of Engineering

What you will learn

Engineers in biological systems literally bring engineering to life using biology, mathematics, and engineering to improve people's lives and the environment.

Biological systems engineers are involved in intriguing areas such as:

  • designing medical instruments
  • creating new foods
  • developing devices to detect diseases or measuring plant and animal stresses
  • enhancing fuels for better efficiency

A degree in biological systems engineering offers a broad, flexible engineering background, which is important to employers.

Biological systems engineering is one of the most people-oriented of all engineering disciplines, so you'll also work on enhancing your interpersonal and communication skills.

Many students work part-time on departmental research projects, gaining valuable experience for employment.

Career Opportunities

Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing job field in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Projected job growth in this field from 2010-2020 is 62%.

Careers include:

  • renewable energy
  • water treatment
  • prosthetics design
  • wetlands restoration
  • food and bioproducts development
  • flood mitigation and erosion control
  • biomedical imaging

Recent employers include:

The NEBRASKA difference

Students are involved in research at the undergraduate level, through the university's UCARE program and with faculty.

Internships / Clubs

Freshmen can participate in the annual E-Day Incredible Edible Car Competition and also become involved in clubs such as:


The agricultural engineering program is offered on UNL's East Campus.

Students can work with the University of Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory, the officially designated tractor testing station for the United States.


All students complete a senior capstone course in which students select semester-long design projects in their areas of interest and work as a team to solve a problem presented by clients.

They apply teamwork, oral and written presentations and reports, including computer-aided drawings, specifications, and cost estimates.