Since 1906, the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering has responded to the changing needs of society by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology in a systems context.
The department offers joint academic programs spanning the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The MSU biosystems engineering undergraduate program was ranked the #6 biological and agricultural engineering program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
- Food: Food safety and quality
- Environment: Sustainable ecosystems and resource conservation
- Energy: Bioenergy and bioproduct solutions
- Health: Diagnostics, systems models and risk assessment tools to enhance public health
Scale-up facilities increase opportunities for MSU researchers
Published on September 14, 2021
Investments have had significant impacts on MSU biosystems engineering researchers, but additional support in water research and smart agriculture is key for continued growth.
Biosystems engineering student uses research, academic experiences to land internship at Nestlé
Published on September 2, 2021
Andrew Kearney performed data analysis to help the global food company reduce its environmental impact.
Biosystems engineering student uses problem-solving skills to land internship at Goldman Sachs
Published on September 1, 2021
Taryn Hanses uses analytical approaches from engineering to help prepare for a future career in data analytics.
Biosystems engineering student finds her place at MSU
Published on August 30, 2021
Alex Seybold's experiences at Michigan State University, along with a professional internship, have prepared her for a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Senior Design experience prepares MSU biosystems engineers for careers after graduation
Published on August 24, 2021
Michigan State University's biosystems engineering program collaborates with industry partners to provide real-world opportunities for students.
MSU-led group aims to improve health outcomes of low-income communities
Published on July 12, 2021
The Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics, led by MSU researcher Evangelyn Alocilja, brings together researchers from around the world to help make technologies affordable and accessible to those who need them most.
Potato field day to be held Aug. 5 at Montcalm Research Center
Published on July 6, 2021
Michigan State University and the Michigan Potato Industry Commission are hosting a potato field day at the Montcalm Research Center in Lakeview, Michigan, on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
MSU programs help farmers increase energy efficiency, reduce costs
Published on June 29, 2021
The Michigan Agricultural Electric Council and its Michigan Farm Energy Program help farmers solve energy-related issues and save money.
MSU researchers analyzing novel technique to improve Michigan wine production
Published on June 16, 2021
Paolo Sabbatini and Ilce Medina Meza are studying how removing leaves from vine canopies early in the season can help Michigan wine producers grow high-quality grapes.
CANR provides rankings on department, unit initiatives around DEI
Published on May 11, 2021
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by departments and units during the 2019-2020 academic year through a new badge ranking.
Biosystems engineering Ph.D. student receives national award for science communication efforts
Published on May 11, 2021
Chelsie Boodoo, a doctoral student in the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, has been honored by the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society for her research and outreach activities.
Spartan siblings share passion for biosystems engineering
Published on March 26, 2021
Alicia and Ryan Ziegler use their biosystems engineering experiences at MSU to solve real-world problems in food, energy and the environment.
MSU named Top 10 agriculture and forestry college in new report
Published on March 23, 2021
Michigan State University is among the top-rated agriculture and forestry colleges worldwide, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking by Subject report released in March 2021.
Monitoring MSU’s campus for the novel coronavirus
Published on March 22, 2021
Jade Mitchell, associate professor in the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and doctoral student Ryan Julien play a critical role in analyzing public health implications and informing decision-making.
Biosystems engineering student hopes to open free clinic in Africa
Published on February 25, 2021
Yassah Bah-Deh, a biosystems engineering junior, aspires to create a global foundation to help minority women and children.
In the News
Food waste pump proves itself at largest University Biogas Plant
Published on January 10, 2022 by Process and Control Today (UK)
Ten Michigan State University students, four alumni nominated for prestigious graduate school scholarships
Published on October 12, 2021
Five MSU Jobs Taking a Holistic Approach to Student Success
Published on July 30, 2021 by MSU Undergraduate Education
Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development tours water quality monitoring project site
Published on July 25, 2021 by Morning Ag Clips
Spartan irrigation management technology cuts costs, protects environment
Published on July 23, 2021 by MSU Innovation Center