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About the BAE Department

“The Biological Engineering department is more like a family…BE teaches you how to build a boat and then sends that boat into a community where you learn to affect change.” - Matthew Hutchins, LSU BioEngineering Senior

Engineering for Life

Biological & Agricultural Engineering is the integration of applied biology into the fundamental engineering principles for the purpose of designing processes and systems that influence, control, or utilize biological materials, including animals, plants, humans, and other living organisms, for the benefit of society. Our academic programs focus on helping students build themselves as professionals with both a strong science and engineering background, dedicated to the journey of life-long learning. 

At Louisiana State University, our Biological and Agricultural Engineering students engage in rigorous coursework that integrates applied biology into the fundamental engineering principles, including those in mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineering. This course of study yields professionals with a uniquely diverse and highly applicable skill set.  

Our BE students graduate with strong fundamental engineering skills, technical knowledge, and professional and personal skills to effectively practice engineering in conjunction with biological systems. Our alumni often obtain positions in a wide range of career fields, like oil and gas, the medical industry, and federal government. Some jobs our students are eligible for are biomedical engineer, soil scientist, plant geneticist, and agricultural consultant, just to name a few.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs enable students to pursue interests in variety of bioengineering subfields such as biomedical, bioenvironmental, bioprocessing, and agricultural. 

Read our Fall 2019 Newsletter to find out more about what's going on within our department, including welcoming new faculty and summaries of some of our current research projects.

Begin your career-long journey in Biological Engineering by planning your visit, contacting our undergraduate or graduate coordinators, and finding out more about our degree programs and BAE facilities

Our long and short-term goals and strategies are laid out in detail in our departmental Strategic Plan.


Additional Information about Biological Engineering at LSU

The Biological & Agricultural undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


Program Educational Objectives:

Consistent with our departmental mission statement and the College of Engineering mission, program educational objectives include producing graduates who:

  • Effectively practice engineering in biological systems (plants, animals, humans, microbes and their environments) with demonstrated proficiency in basic engineering skills, technical knowledge, and professional and personal skills.
  • Address current and future challenges in biological engineering through life-long learning, professional and ethical contributions to society, and sustained accomplishment.
  • Obtain graduate and/or professional degrees at notable universities in biological and agricultural engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, law, business, or other related disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The student outcomes for the BE program are the same as the a-k outcomes. We will be updating this list to reflect the new ABET 1-7 outcomes shortly.  The table below lists these outcomes and the core courses in which these outcomes are documented.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


Year Student Enrollment


2016 314
2017 328
2018 313
2019 TBD


Year Number of BAE Graduates
2015 38
2016 50
2017 42
2018 50
2019 57

Contact Us

Department Chair

W. David Constant, Zaki Bassiouni Professor

Undergraduate Coordinator

Nicholas Totaro

Graduate Coordinator

Cristina Sabliov, PhD

149 E. B. Doran Building, LSU  
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4505
Phone (225) 578-3153
Fax (225) 578-3492