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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Engineering: BioEnvironmental Engineering Concentration, BSBE

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About the Program

The Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The world has tremendous need for solutions to problems related to the environment, energy, health, food, and sustainability. Biological systems are related to or at the heart of all of these issues. A biological engineer learns to design and analyze biological systems to develop innovative and practical solutions. Our B.S. graduates are well prepared for careers in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, and bioprocessing as well as entrance into graduate or medical school. Students may select a major and plan of study within biological engineering that is tailored to their specific career goals. Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, (BSBE).  Some areas of focus include:

Bioprocessing manufacturers, including food and pharmaceutical industries are looking for innovative environmental controls, waste processing, and water treatment to meet corporate sustainability goals and to comply with increasingly strict governmental regulations. The engineering rules-of-thumb and design heuristics based on past practices that have been the standard in municipal wastewater treatment design are less applicable to treating the highly variable waste stream characteristics of specialized industries. In addition, there exists a high potential for identifying value added products from these water streams.


Some of the factors that contribute to Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University being a top ranked program:

  • Multiple opportunities for interaction with faculty in laboratories and in classes
  • Student Competitions, Clubs, Global Experiences
  • Personalized advising and attention from faculty
  • Practical curriculum for industrial careers
  • Great opportunities for scholarships and internships
  • Excellent placement record and starting salaries


Watch a video and take a look at some senior projects.  We hope to see you in ABE soon!


Biological Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

129 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (49 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (82-84 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering   Requirements

Click here for Pre-Agricultural and Biological Engineering   Requirement

Additional Degree Requirements

Click here for Biological Engineering Supplemental Information  .

Elective (0-1 credit)

  • Elective - Credit Hour: 0.00-1.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

17-18 Credits

16 Credits

17 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

17 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12-13 Credits


  • Students must have a graduation index of 2.0
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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