What will I learn?

Biosystems engineers design solutions to technical problems that involve a critical biological component. They apply quantitative skills to create products, processes, and systems that improve human existence. Working at the interface of engineering and biology, biosystems engineers are engaged in the most important challenges of our time.

There are a wide variety of job functions and application areas for our graduates, including ecosystems protection, food safety, bioenergy, biosecurity, and human health. Biosystems engineers may, for example, design sterilization and pasteurization processes to eliminate microbial pathogens and maximize the nutritional value of our food. Other graduates may design constructed wetlands, which utilize biological systems to capture pollutants and protect our precious fresh water resources. Biosystems engineers are sought after by a wide variety of employers including food manufacturers, environmental consulting firms, health industries, and government agencies who need creative individuals to integrate principles of engineering and biology successfully.

MSU Biosystems Engineering graduates are expected to attain that success by:

  • identifying and solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering, using modern engineering techniques and the systems approach;
  • analyzing, designing, and controlling components, systems, and processes that involve critical biological components; and
  • demonstrating vision, adaptability, creativity, a practical mindset, effective communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences, the ability to work in diverse, cross-disciplinary teams, and a commitment to sustainability, continuing professional growth, and ethical conduct.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,330.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 September 2020, 11 January 2021


College of Engineering

Engineering Building,

428 S Shaw Lane,



48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you attended a school that follows a U.S. curriculum, please use these guidelines. If you are currently in upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and, if possible, latest available for 12. If you completed upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, indicating that a high school diploma has been awarded. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17, Paper-based test: score of 550 with no sub score below 52, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

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About this uni

International students enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, as well as a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries.

  • Top 100 global university
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