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
Powering campus using food waste
Published on February 13, 2019
Michigan State University’s anaerobic digester turns wasted food into renewable energy.
MSU, GVSU join forces to address water challenges
Published on January 29, 2019
Michigan State University has formalized a partnership with the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute of Grand Valley State University to work together on water-related issues.
Bradley Marks: Killing bad bugs is what he does
Published on July 31, 2017
Every year, approximately 48 million Americans become sick from food-borne illnesses. Causes including bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, and viruses such as norovirus and hepatitis A. And they’re all under the research eye of Bradley Marks.
Restless Soul Leads to Lifelong Work in Water
Published on April 10, 2017
Joan Rose is accomplished. And she improves lives every day for people she doesn’t even know. But her story isn’t finished.
Giving TUEsday campaign to raise funds for CANR Student Club Grants
Published on November 29, 2016
Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year's #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.
Hendrick recommended as Dean of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU
Published on January 25, 2016
Hendrick is an MSU alumnus who currently serves as interim dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at Ohio State University.
MSU student team places second at food technology conference
Published on July 27, 2015
The Michigan State University (MSU) student team won second place in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Student Association Product Development Competition.
MSU names Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering chair
Published on July 14, 2015
Darrell W. Donahue has been named chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His appointment was effective July 1.
MSU researchers receive two food safety grants from USDA
Published on April 1, 2015
Two Michigan State University (MSU) food scientists have been awarded more than $1.1 million in grants for projects designed to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply while helping to maintain American agricultural competitiveness.
Risky business: MSU researcher to build national microbial risk assessment training program
Published on August 28, 2014
Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch biosystems engineer Jade Mitchell has received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
New technology turns manure into clean water
Published on June 3, 2014
Imagine something that can turn cow manure into clean water, extract nutrients from that water to serve as fertilizer and help solve the ever-present agricultural problem of manure management.
MSU anaerobic digestion facility earns national recogition
Published on May 7, 2014
Michigan State University (MSU) was presented the Institutional Biogas Project of the Year Award for the MSU South Campus Anaerobic Digester.
MSU nets more than $3.9 million in USDA grants
Published on May 1, 2014
Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has netted more than $3.9 million in grants from the United State Department of Agriculture.
MSU Builds Combined Heat and Power System using Anaerobic Digestion
Published on August 7, 2013
Michigan State University (MSU) officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 13 to officially commission and start operations of the South Campus Anaerobic Digester (SCAD).
Biosystems students present capstone projects
Published on April 29, 2013
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) students presented their capstone projects earlier this month to the 16-member BAE Industry Advisory Board.
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