Biological Engineering (BS): Bioprocessing Engineering Concentration

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The BE curriculum is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering and combines the fields of engineering, biology, chemistry, and agriculture. The Biological Engineering program curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org. BE graduates are qualified to become registered professional engineers by passing the appropriate examinations and upon completing the engineering experience requirements. Specific curriculum requirements are available online.

BAE faculty, in concert with program constituencies, has developed the following undergraduate program objectives. Within the first five years following graduation, NC State's Biological Engineering graduates will:

  • Excel in their careers by applying their engineering knowledge, critical-thinking skills, systematic approach to problem solving, and innovation to improve biological and agricultural systems;
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of professional teams and demonstrate leadership potential in project management;
  • Display professionalism, ethics, equity, and inclusivity in the practice of engineering to safeguard life, health, and public welfare;
  • Communicate effectively in a professional environment; and
  • Be engaged in life-long learning and professional development.

Plan Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 2 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 2 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
BAE 100 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology 1
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BAE 200 Computer Methods in Biological Engineering 2
CE 214
Engineering Mechanics-Statics 2
or Engineering Statics
3
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BAE 202 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering Methods 4
CE 215
Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 2
or Engineering Dynamics
3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3
MAE 201 Engineering Thermodynamics I 3
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
BAE 302 Transport Phenomena 3
BAE 321 Bioprocessing Engineering Fundamentals 3
MB 351 General Microbiology 3
MB 352
General Microbiology Laboratory
or Inquiry-Guided Microbiology Lab
1
CE 282
Hydraulics
or Fluid Mechanics
 
BAE 305 Biological Engineering Circuits 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
BAE 401 Sensors and Controls 3
BAE 322 Introduction to Food Process Engineering 3
CE 225
Mechanics of Solids
or Solid Mechanics
 
ST 370 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BAE 451 Engineering Design I 2
Bioprocessing Engineering Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Environmental Ethics  
Science and Civilization  
Ethical Dimensions of Progress  
ENG 331
Communication for Engineering and Technology
or Communication for Science and Research
3
 Hours11
Spring Semester
BAE 425 Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing 3
BAE 452 Engineering Design II 2
Select one of the following: 3
Analytical Methods in Engineering Design  
Fundamentals of Hydrology for Engineers  
Structures & Environment  
 Hours8
 Total Hours106
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours16

Bioprocessing Engineering Elective

BAE 528Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes3
BEC 436Introduction to Downstream Process Development2
BEC 463Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BEC 485cGMP Downstream Operations2
BEC 488Animal Cell Culture Engineering2
BEC 536Introduction to Downstream Process Development2
BEC 563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BEC 585cGMP Downstream Operations2
BIT 463Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BIT 563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
CHE 435Process Systems Analysis and Control3
CHE 463Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
CHE 488Animal Cell Culture Engineering2
CHE 563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
ISE 311Engineering Economic Analysis3
TE 435Process Systems Analysis and Control3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 1 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BAE 100 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology 1
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 1 3
PY 206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BAE 200 Computer Methods in Biological Engineering 2
MAE 206
Engineering Statics 1
or Engineering Mechanics-Statics
3
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II 3
PY 209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BAE 202 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering Methods 4
MAE 208 Engineering Dynamics 1 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3
MAE 201 Engineering Thermodynamics I 3
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
BAE 302 Transport Phenomena 3
BAE 321 Bioprocessing Engineering Fundamentals 3
MB 351 General Microbiology 3
MB 352
General Microbiology Laboratory
or Inquiry-Guided Microbiology Lab
1
MAE 308
Fluid Mechanics 1
or Hydraulics
3
BAE 305 Biological Engineering Circuits 4
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BAE 401 Sensors and Controls 3
BAE 322 Introduction to Food Process Engineering 3
MAE 214
Solid Mechanics 1
or Mechanics of Solids
3
GEP Social Sciences 3
ST 370 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BAE 451 Engineering Design I 2
Bioprocessing Engineering Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Environmental Ethics  
Science and Civilization  
Ethical Dimensions of Progress  
GEP Humanities 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
ENG 331
Communication for Engineering and Technology
or Communication for Science and Research
3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BAE 425 Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing 3
BAE 452 Engineering Design II 2
BAE Elective 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) 3
GEP Humanities 3
 Hours16
 Total Hours128

Career Opportunities

BE students learn to solve a wide variety of engineering problems and will have opportunities for specialization though selection of a specific concentration. Scientific and engineering principles are applied: to conserve and manage air, energy, soil and water resources; to manage, protect and restore natural ecosystems; to understand and utilize biological, chemical and physical processes for the production and conversion of biomass to bio energy; to analyze, understand and utilize mechanical properties of biological materials; to design and develop machinery systems for all phases of agricultural and food production; to design and evaluate structures and environmental control systems for housing animals, plant growth, and biological product storage; to develop improved systems for processing and marketing food and agricultural products; and to design sensor-based instrumentation and control systems for biological and agricultural applications.

Graduates of the BE curriculum receive a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Biological Engineering, qualifying them for positions in design, development, and research in industry, government and public institutions. The curriculum also prepares students for post-graduate work leading to advanced degrees. Typical positions filled by recent BE graduates include: stream and wetlands restoration project manager; product design; development and testing engineer; plant engineering and management; engineering analysis and inspection for federal and state agencies; engineering consultant and research engineer. Entry-level salary ranges for BE graduates are similar to those of Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering graduates.

The BAET curriculum provides graduates opportunities in technical analysis, application and evaluation of agricultural production systems and environmental systems. The curriculum’s flexibility enables students to specialize technologically in agriculture, the environment, or business management. Careers include technical jobs in production agriculture, environmental systems, agribusiness sales and service, and agricultural extension.