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, and 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.
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, or Biomedical Imaging.
Recent employers include National Instruments, State of Nebraska, Olsson Associates, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Medtronic, and Black & Veatch.
Freshmen can participate in the annual E-Day Incredible Edible Car Competition and also become involved in clubs such as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Biomedical Engineering Society, Soil and Water Resources Club, and the Quarter-Scale Tractor Team.
The Biological Systems Engineering program is offered on UNL's East Campus. Students can work with the Nebraska Tractor Testing facility, 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.