About ABEN programs

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The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department is unique to the University as our programs are housed in both the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

Why NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN) program prepares men and women for careers that require the application of physical, biological and engineering sciences to solve problems that involve living systems.

The ABEN program merges the knowledge of living systems, engineering technologies, and a social conscience to solve the complex problems facing our planet. Men and women in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are professional engineers with commitments to the well-being of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems. They are highly-skilled in developing innovative approaches to solving problems affecting all types of living systems and in developing products from biological resources.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers will be increasingly important to society as the world population rises  and our global ecosystem becomes more fragile. Wise decisions about appropriate technology and resource use will require a basic understanding of biological systems. The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer is uniquely qualified to apply the knowledge of both biology and engineering to solve important societal problems.

The Agricultural Systems Management program emphasizes engineering technology and the management of physical and biological systems for agricultural production, handling and processing of agricultural commodities, and maintaining environmental quality. Agricultural Systems Management applies biological, physical, mechanical, and business knowledge to support and manage agricultural production systems, product processing systems, and related industries.

ASM graduates manage people, money, and machines. They excel at management, marketing, and customer service by applying agri-production and agri-processing technology, business management, communications and computer skills. Positions filled by ASM graduates bridge the gap between engineers and the users of engineered systems. The program is designed for students whose interests lie in the application, operation, and management of equipment (power & machinery), natural resources (soil & water), or commodity handling and processing elements of agricultural industry. Students majoring in ASM often obtain a minor in business or another discipline.

Thousands of companies and agencies perform a wide range of services in delivering physically-oriented inputs to nearly two million farms and ranches and thousands of processing facilities comprising the agricultural production and processing system. These companies and agencies require skilled employees flexible to changing customer needs.

  1. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  2. Agricultural Systems Management
  3. Internships
  4. Scholarships
  5. Graduate Program
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. 1/4-Scale Tractor "Bison Pullers"
  8. ASABE Club
  9. ASM Club
  10. Ag Tech Expo
  11. Lawnmower/Snow blower clinic
  12. Newsletter, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  13. Alumni
  14. NDSU
  15. CEA
  16. CAFSNR
  17. Extension Service
  18. Ag Experiment Station