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What is biological and agricultural engineering?

Biological and agricultural engineers use technology such as robotics, sensors, computer models and satellites to make a more clean and sustainable environment. They maintain plentiful, clean water, and make healthier, safer foods. They provide clean, efficient energy and develop innovative machines.

Biological and agricultural engineers apply their knowledge of physical and biological sciences, mathematics, engineering principles and engineering design to food and biological systems and processes, to the preservation of environmental quality, to production of biofuels, and to machine systems that interface with all of these.

What do biological and agricultural engineers do?

Traditionally, biological and agricultural engineering has been concerned with applying engineering skills to issues such as tillage, soil and water conservation, and handling and processing agricultural products.

Biological and agricultural engineers still do that, of course, but they can also do anything from environmental and natural resources engineering to applying the power of biotechnology to crop production and food processing.

Where do biological and agricultural engineers work?

Biological and agricultural engineering graduates, having obtained a broad engineering background through our program, are sought by a wide variety of employers. Some of the companies and agencies who employ our graduates include:

  • Blue Bell Creameries
  • Cargill
  • Case IH
  • CH2M Hill Consulting
  • Dow Chemical
  • Exxon Mobile
  • Frito-Lay
  • Haliburton
  • HEB Grocery
  • John Deere
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Lummus Industries
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Trinity Consultants
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

Why study biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University?

Texas A&M's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering offers undergraduate curricula in biological and agricultural engineering and agricultural systems management. Even though our department is among the largest of its kind, students in Texas A&M's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering enjoy small class size and frequent one-to-one contact with professors. Moreover, faculty are actively involved in helping develop your career, from advising you on the selection of your courses, to helping you make contact with our many industrial partners, many of whom are among our more than 2,000 former students.

Degrees Offered

BS Bachelor of Science in biological and agricultural engineering
MS Master of Science in biological and agricultural engineering
MEng Master of Engineering in biological and agricultural engineering
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in biological and agricultural engineering