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  • Biological Engineering

    Biological engineering (BE) applies engineering principles to the biological sciences to produce biofuels, food and fiber products and other agricultural products from renewable bio-resources. It also aims to protect the environment and conserve and replenish our natural resources.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering
    • Hours for Degree: 128
    • Minor: No
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    Biological engineers pioneer new techniques in agricultural robotics, remote sensing, bioprocessing, biofuels, precision agriculture, plant space biology, sustainability of our natural resources, and packaging techniques and design.

    Graduates are educated in the biological and environmental sciences as well as in engineering. They will address critical problems involving land and water resources, biological systems and production agriculture. Students can choose a focus area based on their electives selection. Focus areas include biological engineering, land and water resources engineering, packaging engineering, and agricultural production engineering.

    In addition to abundant job opportunities in Florida's agricultural industry, graduates have career opportunities in biotechnology and in fields related to Florida's water quality and water resources, including water management districts, environmental companies, consulting firms, equipment manufacturers, bio-energy and food engineering.

    The BE curriculum can fulfill requirements for admission to professional programs as well as to graduate programs in biomedical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

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    Educational Objectives

    Graduates from the University of Florida's undergraduate degree program in bological engineering will be prepared for at least one of the following:

    • Successful careers in the profession of biological engineering or other related fields.
    • Gaining admission to a graduate and/or professional degree program.


    To develop biological engineering professionals with technical proficiency and societal responsibility.


    The department will develop professionals, create and disseminate knowledge, and promote the application of engineering and management principles to meet societal needs with respect to agriculture, packaging, land and water resources, and biological systems.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework
    • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts:
      CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    If you do not place out of ENC 1101, take it in the fall.
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (both GE-P)
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    ​ABE 2062 Biology for Engineers or
    BSC 2010 Intermediate Biology 1
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 (both GE-P)
    ​CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (GE-P) ​1
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    ABE 2012C Introduction to Biological Engineering 3
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 4
    PHY 2048 with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) ​1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
    EML 3007 Elements of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (GE-M) 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)​ 3​
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization or
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design
    CGN 3710 Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering or
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering
    CHM 2200 Organic Chemistry or
    BCH 3023 Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry
    EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 3
    Total 12
    Semester 6 Credits
    ABE 3612C Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems 4
    ​CGN 3421 Computer Methods in Civil Engineering (4) or
    ENV 3040C Computer Methods in Environmental Engineering (3) or
    ESI 4327C Matric/Numerical Methods in Systems Engineering (4)
    EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics 2
    ​ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE-C) ​3
    Focus area technical science elective 3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 7 Credits
    ​ABE 3000C Applications in Biological Engineering ​3
    ​ABE 3212C Land and Water Resources Engineering ​4
    ABE 3652C Physical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials (3) or
    CGN 3501C Civil Engineering Materials (4)
    ​ABE 4931 Professional Issues in Biological Engineering ​1
    ​EGN 3353C Fluid Mechanics (3) or
    CWR 3201 Hydrodynamics (4)
    Total 14-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    ABE 4042C Biological Engineering Design 1 2
    ABE 4171 Power and Machines for Biological Systems 3
    Focus area department elective 3
    Focus area engineering elective 3
    Focus area department or engineering elective 4
    Total 15
    Semester 9 Credits
    ABE 4043C Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design 2 2
    Focus area department elective 3
    Focus area department or engineering elective ​3
    Focus area engineering elective 3
    Focus area technical or biological science elective 3
    Total 14

    Summary of Electives to complete Focus area: Total 25
    Department electives: 6 credits minimum
    Engineering electives: 6 credits minimum
    Department and/or Engineering electives: 7 credits
    Technical and/or Biological Science electives: 6 credits

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majors: biological-engineering