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Mission.The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of biological engineering and to the conduct of research under its many diverse areas of application. Biological engineering or biological systems engineering is the biology-based engineering discipline that integrates life sciences with engineering in the advancement and application of fundamental concepts of biological systems from molecular to ecosystem levels. Within this discipline, our faculty members work in a range of research areas including biotechnology engineering, agricultural and natural resources engineering, and food engineering.

The mission of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is to discover, develop, apply, and disseminate knowledge for the sustainable production, management, and use of biological materials, and to educate students for this work.

Objectives. We educate students in the fundamentals of mathematics, physical and biological sciences, and engineering, balanced with the application of principles to practical problems. We teach students to develop skills for solving engineering problems in biological systems through use of appropriate analysis, synthesis, and engineering design techniques. We prepare students for entry into engineering practice and graduate education, as well as for engagement in life-long learning. We foster the ability of our students to collaborate and communicate effectively, and provide an awareness of the importance of economics, professional responsibility, and the environment.

Students graduating with a B.S. degree in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis are prepared to:

  • Apply life sciences in engineering at the biochemical, cellular, organism, and ecosystem levels,
  • Solve biological systems engineering problems while employed in the private or public sector,
  • Consider the environmental and social consequences of their engineering activities,
  • Communicate effectively with professional colleagues and public constituencies,
  • Act in an ethical manner, and
  • Continue their education in a changing professional world.
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