Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biosystems Engineering: Ecological Engineering Emphasis Area, BS

Program Requirements

Biosystems engineering is the field of engineering most closely allied with advances in biology. Biosystems engineers apply engineering design and analysis to biological systems and incorporate fundamental biological principles to engineering designs to achieve ecological balance.

The Biosystems engineering program emphasizes two main areas - sustainable bioprocess engineering, with its basis in microbiology, and ecological engineering, with its basis in ecology. Bioprocess engineering focuses on the sustainable production of biorefinery compounds - biofuels, nutraceuticals, bioactive molecules, and biomaterials - using metabolic pathways found in nature and green processing technologies. Ecological engineering focuses on the design of sustainable communities utilizing low-impact development strategies such as bioretention basins, rainwater harvesting, and bioswales for stormwater retention, treatment, and management. Both emphasis areas interface with ecologically-sound food and energycrop and feedstock production systems.

Biosystems engineers lead teams to:

  • Design bioprocesses and systems for biofuels (biodiesel, hydrogen, ethanol), biopharmaceutical, bioplastics, and food processing industries
  • Develop ecological designs (permeable pavement, bioswales, green infrastructure) to integrate stormwater management into the landscape
  • Integrate biological sustainability into energy, water and food systems
  • Provide engineering expertise for agriculture, food processing, and manufacturing industries.

Biosystems engineering graduates are highly qualified to pursue graduate studies in biosystems engineering, biomedical engineering or ecological engineering fields, or medical or veterinary school.

Additional information is available from the departmental offices or at: http://www.clemson.edu/majors/biosystems-engineering.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

Under this plan, students may reduce the time necessary to earn both degrees by applying graduate credits to both undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Undergraduate students in Biosystems Engineering may begin a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and Science or Master of Science Degree in Biosystems Engineering while completing the BS degree.

Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements for the dual degree from the academic departments involved as early as possible in their undergraduate program. See Academic Regulations  in this catalog for enrollment guidelines and procedures.

Freshman Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Sophomore Year

Junior Year


Senior Year

Credit Hours: 17

Second Semester

  • Ecological Engineering Requirement 3 Credits 7
  • Ecological Requirement 3 Credits 8
  • General Education Requirement 6 Credits 3
Credit Hours: 12

Total Credits: 130


1 ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  may be substituted for ENGR 1020 .

2 Depending on a student’s Clemson Mathematics Placement Test score, MATH 1040  and MATH 1070  may be substituted for MATH 1060 ; or the student may be required to take MATH 1050  before enrolling in MATH 1060 .

3 Students should choose courses to fulfill General Education  requirements, including Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society components. See the General Education  section and academic advisor for details.

4 ENGR 1070 ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090  may be substituted for ENGR 1410 .

5 ME 2010  may be substituted for CE 2010  and CE 2080 .

6 Select any course from the Sustainability Minor  course list.

7 Select any BE, CE or EES course at the 3000 level or higher.

8 Select any BIOL, FOR, HORT, MICR, PES or WFB course at the 3000 level or higher.


  1. An engineering GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation.
  2. The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better: CE 2010 , CE 2080 , CE 3410 CH 1010 ENGL 1030 ENGR 1020  (or ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  if substituted for ENGR 1020 ) and ENGR 1410  (or ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090  if substituted for ENGR 1410 ); MATH 1060 , MATH 1080 , MATH 2060 , MATH 2080 ; ME 2010  (if substituted for CE 2010  and CE 2080 ); and PHYS 1220  and PHYS 2210 .