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Biological systems engineering
Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) is a broad-based engineering discipline with additional emphasis on biology and chemistry. It is not to be confused with Biomedical Engineering and it is not necessarily Genetic Engineering, although the line between the two is sometimes blurred. The discipline focuses on environmentally sound, sustainable engineering solutions to meet societies’ needs. Biological Systems Engineering is a broad and growing engineering field that integrates the expertise of fundamental engineering fields with expertise from non-engineering disciplines.
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Many college and university Biological Engineering departments have a history of being grounded in Agricultural Engineering and have only in last decade or so changed their names to reflect the movement towards more diverse biological based engineering programs.
Since Biological Engineering covers a wide spectrum, many departments offer specialization options. Depending on the department and the specialization options offered within each program, curriculum may overlap with other related fields. There are a number of different titles for BSE related departments at various universities. The professional societies commonly associated with many Biological Engineering programs include the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). and the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE).
It is not uncommon for many employers, to not understand what a Biological Engineer is capable of. This makes the career search a difficult and tedious process for many Biological Systems Engineers. For example, an environmental consulting firm may commonly hire environmental engineers and biologists to meet the needs of the company, but may not realize that a Biological Engineer has a background in what both of these employees do, thus bridging the gap between engineering and the biological sciences. For this reason, Biological Engineers are becoming integral, valuable parts of many environmental engineering firms, consulting firms, federal agencies, and biotechnology industries.
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