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.