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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 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.

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. Our core BE curriculum provides students with the necessary biology, microbiology, and process engineering skills to tackle these challenging environmental design issues, but needs specific topics in environmental and bioprocessing engineering to focus the skills and marketability of our graduates. This concentration builds upon two core strengths in ABE at Purdue: bioprocessing, and environmental and natural resource engineering, and this concentration will allow the faculty to build both programs by leveraging joint course offerings. 

Degree Requirements

129 Credits Required

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (83-84 credits)

Elective (0-1 credit)

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Additional Degree Requirements

Click here for Biological Engineering: BioEnvironmental Supplemental Information .

Program Requirements

17-18 Credits

16 Credits

17 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

17 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12 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.

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