The Biological and Agricultural Engineering department at UC Davis brings to life research and teaching in cross-cutting, life-sciences with engineering applications.​ The undergraduate major of Biological Systems Engineering uses biology as its main scientific base. Industries in biotechnology, food engineering, natural and agriculture resources address heightened concerns for environmental sustainability and preservation.


The Biological and Agricultural Engineering program administers the major of Biological Systems Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives
A BS degree in Biological Systems Engineering should prepare students to:

1. Apply life sciences in engineering at the biochemical, cellular, organismal, and macro levels.

2. Solve biological systems engineering problems while employed in the private or public sector.

3. Consider the environmental consequences of their engineering activities.

4. Communicate effectively with professional colleagues and public constituencies.

5. Act in an ethical manner.

6. Continue education to adapt and thrive in a changing professional world

Student Outcomes
Our teaching is designed to impart a strong foundation in mathematics, life sciences,  and engineering. Students completing the program will have:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

You can find enrollment and graduation information here, by selecting Biological Systems Engineering (EBS).