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  • Foreign: $ 728 / Module
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    Biological systems engineers develop the techniques and processes to work with living systems, including microbes, plants and animals. They provide input to produce and process food, fiber, energy, chemical feedstocks and pharmaceuticals. They also emphasize efficient use of soil and water resources and environmental protection to improve water quality, control air pollution and clean up contaminated soil.


    Biological systems engineers apply engineering, physical and biological principles to living systems in a diverse world of opportunities. They design machines and structures; manage natural resources such
    as soil, water, crops and forests; analyze and design ways to maintain healthy environments for humans and animals; process food, feed, fiber and waste products; and develop efficient applications of computers and automatic controls for agricultural operations and processes.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline May (for Fall intake), October (for Spring intake) Tuition fee
    • USD 275 Module (National)
    • USD 728 Module (International)

    *Tuition fee per credit hour

    Start date January,September 2015 Credits 127 credit hours
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    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Degree options:

    Machinery systems option

    • Many biological systems engineers design, test and evaluate the machines used in highway industries.The machinery systems option provides graduates with the analytical tools needed to develop machines that reduce the cost of production for both traditional and new crops, while operating within environmental and energy constraints.This option includes courses that emphasize mechanical design as well as the interaction of machines with soil and plant materials.Related technologies such as fluid power, instrumentation and electronic controls also are included in this option.

    Environmental option

    • Biological systems engineers work at the interface between biology and engineering. They must be knowledgeable in both disciplines. Applications in the environmental option include water quality studies of lakes, rivers and groundwater; soil and water conservation; irrigation and drainage system design and management; waste treatment; management of air quality inside buildings and outside; remediation of land damaged by construction, mining and other uses.

    Biological option

    • Biological systems range in size from cells to complex groups of living organisms. Biological engineers work with these systems in areas that include biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, biological systems modeling, bioremediation, food and fiber processing, and energy from biological products. The biological option fulfills the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in biological systems engineering while providing students with the flexibility to receive a strong biological emphasis in their engineering program. Course selections also provide students with the option of a biology minor or they can opt to meet the requirements for a premedical or preveterinary program. Graduates in this program can pursue careers and/or additional studies in fields such as environmental engineering, biological systems engineering, biomedical engineering, food process engineering, medicine, natural resources and related areas.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

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    International admission:

    • Online international student undergraduate application
    • $80 USD application fee
    • A copy of your passport photo page
    • Affidavit of Financial Support (pdf) and bank statement
    • High school and university transcripts

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Kansas State University.


    The priority deadline for incoming freshmen to submit the K-State scholarship application is Nov. 1, or Feb. 1 for transfer students. Students should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1.


    The Biological Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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