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Career Opportunities for Graduates in Biosystems Engineering (BSEN)

Graduates in biosystems engineering integrate engineering, biology and chemistry in a variety of applications. Graduates may work in careers with the following goals; develop innovative green products and industries; convert bio-based resources to food, fuel, and other renewable products; design new generations of devices or systems for biological systems; and control biological systems for natural resources protection, waste remediation, and ecosystem restoration. Graduates may work with industry to create new and improved processes through the innovative use of microorganisms, plant and animal cells, and enzymes, or they may develop sensors, control systems and computer models to monitor and control biological processes occurring in industry or the environment. Graduates with a biosystems engineering concentration may also pursue a professional or graduate degree in engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, management, or law. Possible career opportunities and employers include:

Food, Biofuel, and Bio-products Industry:

  • Cargill
  • ADM
  • ConAgra
  • Kellogg
  • General Mills

Biotechnology:

  • Genecor
  • Novozymes
  • Monsanto
  • DuPont

Renewable Energy:

  • Poet
  • Abegoa
  • US Bioenergy
  • VeraSun Energy
  • ADM

Government Agencies:

  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • North Dakota Department of Health

Opportunities also exist in the following:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consultation Engineering Firms