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Graduate Degrees Offered

Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Water Resources Planning and Management (M.S., Ph.D., also available as a minor)
  • Environmental Studies (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering (Ph.D.)
Areas of Study
  • Biological Engineering
  • Bioenergy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Ecosystems Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanized Systems Management
  • Site-Specific Crop Management
  • Test Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Biological Systems Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - International applicants:  GRE
    - Applicants from non-equivalent majors:  GRE
    - Otherwise:  None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of interest
  • Use GAMES for online submission of materials

Application Deadline

   Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed monthly.

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The Department of Biological Systems Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in agricultural and biological systems engineering and mechanized systems management. The department also offers a Ph.D. in biological engineering with specialization options in water resources planning & management, water resources engineering, and environmental studies. The department also cooperates in Master of Science programs in environmental engineering and the unified Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Graduate study may be directed toward agricultural power and machinery systems, animal waste management, animal well-being, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing, computer applications, control systems, decision support systems, environmental engineering, food process engineering, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, ground and surface water management, irrigation system design, materials handling and processing systems, monitoring and controlling biological systems, plant environment, risk assessment, soil and water conservation, solid and hazardous waste management, water quality, and other areas of engineering science and design.

Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. These facilities include 15 laboratories in L. W. Chase Hall, Splinter Laboratories Building, and IAPC Pilot Plant. Field research sites in Nebraska include the Rogers Memorial Farm and Agricultural Research and Development Center in Lincoln; Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord, Nebraska; and Research and Extension Centers at North Platte and Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Together these facilities capture the wide range of climate, soil, and cropping systems that exist in the state.

Courses and More

Students in Biological Systems Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Design and analysis of automated systems for mapping soil properties on-the-go
     Adjunct Faculty
Biomedical Imaging; Noninvasive Blood Flow Velocity Measurement; Noninvasive Measurement of Musculoskeletal Tissue Injury; Imaging/Sensing for Mental Health Applications
Electromagnetic energy based process development using computer simulation models; Novel dehydration process development for drying fruits and vegetables; Process modeling and optimization
Livestock Environment
     Adjunct Faculty
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Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention
Livestock Environment
     Adjunct Faculty
Hydrologic and Irrigation Engineering; Infiltration; Overland and Vadose Zone Flow
Surface Water Quality Engineering; Surface Water Management
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering; Land Application of Manure; Surface Hydrology and Water Quality
     Adjunct Faculty
Value-added process engineering; Uses of agricultural commodities in applications such as starch-based "plastic" polymers; Use of plant residues and other waste streams for biopower generation;
Variable Rate Irrigation; Deficit Irrigation Strategies; Solute Fate and Transport in Soil and Shallow Squifers
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Irrigation engineering
Machine Performance
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Risk Assessment and Modeling
Bioenergy Systems; Bioprocess Modeling
Sensors and Controls
Whole Farm Nutrient Management; Odor Control from Livestock Systems
Irrigation Engineering
Biofuels; Life Cycle Assessment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering
Machine vision; Electrical optical sensors; Thermal and spectral analysis for plant detection, identification, enumeration, physiological properties and stress applied to both field and greenhouse site specific crop management
Biomedical Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Elastography; Soft Tissue Mechanobiology
Biomaterials; Nonviral Gene Delivery; Tissue Engineering
Engine Power Systems
Air Pollution; Nonpoint Source Pollution Control; Animal Waste Management
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Machinery Management
Animal Housing Systems; Odor and Gas Emissions; Heat Stress Abatement
Hyperspectral Imaging and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Systems; Food Engineering
Water Resources; Irrigation; Evapotranspiration
Food and Bioprocess Engineering
Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films
Ergonomics; Occupational Biomechanics; Energy Systems
Groundwater Engineering and Management; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; Odor Management
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Livestock waste management
Biomaterials; Biotextiles and Nanofibers; Polymer and Fiber Sciences; Textile Chemistry and Wet Processing

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