Our University Department was established in 1891. In 2018 the Department name, along with the graduate program names, changed to Biosystems Engineering. Like similar departments at most Land Grant universities, this department is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering The Biosystems Engineering Department Doctoral Degree program offers students the opportunity for study and research in many fields, including the following: Bioproducts; Biosensors; Controlled Environment; Mechanization & Automation; Remote Sensing & Precision Agriculture; Sensors & Controls; Renewable Energy; Water Resources & Irrigation systems. The flexibility of the program allows students, in consultation with their advisors, to develop programs especially suited to their needs.
Our vision: BE will be a world leader known for developing technologies and systems for the safe production of food, bioenergy, bioproducts, and biological information for sustainable use of arid and semi-arid environments. Students, constituents, and professionals will come from across the world to participate in our programs.
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The Biosystems Engineering Department focuses on biological systems and water-related issues such as irrigation and water quality, and biosystems applications, including computer modeling, sensors and controls, and systems design and evaluation. The Biosystems Engineering Department is developing innovative systems to sustainably feed an increasing population through cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and the drive to make a difference in the world. We build sustainable solutions that create resilience among society, the environment, and the economy. We are currently working on many projects, including the following:
Optimizing growth conditions in controlled environment agriculture
Finding alternative fuel and feed sources
Irrigating crops sustainably
Analyzing big data sets generated from using sensors and controls and looking at metagenomics
Our graduate students are developing innovative systems to tackle quality of life issues regarding food and water availability. Equipped with engineering, life science, and data science expertise, our students are prepared to address quality of life challenges and create resiliency among society, the environment, and the economy.
The Biosystems Engineering Department offers the following graduate programs: Accelerated Master of Science (for Current UofA BEUndergraduate students), Biosystems Engineering Master of Science Degree and Biosystems Analytics & Technology Master of Science Degree, the Biosystems Engineering Doctor of Philosophy Degree, and the Biosystems Analytics & Technology Doctor of Philosophy Degree.
Our Biosystems Engineering graduate degree programs can be designed to fit almost any need in the general field of the application of science, technology, or engineering principles.
The flexibility of our graduate programs allows international and domestic students, in consultation with their advisors, to develop programs specifically suited to their needs. The University of Arizona is a diverse institution and therefore provides courses in many different areas to support specific and general applications. Interdisciplinary desires of students are met by taking classes across the broad spectrum available in the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and other divisions on campus.
There is an opportunity for study and research in many fields, including the following:
Controlled Environment Agriculture; Water Resources; Biometry and Biosystems Informatics; Food, Bioproducts, and Renewable Energy, precision agriculture, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.
Candidates who wish to complete an Engineering Degree should apply to either the Biosystems Engineering MS program or the Biosystems Engineering Ph.D. program. The Biosystems Engineering degree programs prepare graduates to design engineering solutions, as well as, utilize technology and data to solve real-world problems in biological field of precision agriculture, remote sensing, water management, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.
Candidates who wish to complete a Science-based Technology degree should apply to either the Biosystems Analytics & Technology MS program or Biosystems Analytics & Technology Ph.D. program. The Biosystems Analytics & Technology MS and Ph.D. programs prepare graduates to use technology and data to solve biological problems related to precision agriculture, remote sensing, water management, statistical informatics, data-mining, and cyberinfrastructure development.
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
College of Engineering
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
To be considered for admission to the Doctoral program, the candidate must have attained a Bachelor's degree and be admitted to both the Department of Engineering Biosystems Engineering and the University of Arizona Graduate College. Minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the Graduate College which include a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0-grade scale.
Required Material for the Graduate Application:
3 Letters of recommendation. Letters must be signed and on official Letter Head.
Statement of Purpose
Resume or CV
All applicants are required to:
Applicants must upload unofficial pdf versions of all transcripts when submitting their application in our GradApp system. Official transcripts from ALL universities/colleges attended. Please do not send transcripts until you have been recommended.
Candidates review the Graduate College Transcript Requirements located at http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/transcript-requirements, before sending Official Transcripts to the Graduate College.
Recommended test(s): GRE
Suggested Minimum GRE scores
Verbal: 138, Quantitative: 151, GRE Written: 3.0
Required GRE Institution Code for the University of Arizona 4832
Required test International Language Test (TOEFL or IELTS)
Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IB) or 550 (PB)
Minimum IELTS: composite score of 7 (no subject below 6)
The institution code for the University of Arizona is 4832.
Please note that 1) the Department is not able to provide a guarantee of funding and 2) the International College requires that all international students provide a Financial Guarantee (see the Proof of Financial Resources located on http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/international-students).
Graduate Tuition scholarships and Fellowships sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the University of Arizona Graduate College and the Department of Biosystems Engineering may be available on a competitive basis.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for institutional funding offered through the UA Graduate College, including Graduate Access Fellowships, UA/SIGP Fellowships, and NASA Scholarships. Domestic students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Loans, FAFSA, to qualify for institutional funding http://fafsa.gov/. Detailed information on UA financial aid may be found at http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources.
The Department highly recommends that all Domestic and International applicants submit their completed applications before January 1st for Fall admittance or before August 1st for Spring admittance.
Current UA Domestic Applicants:
International applications submitted after the recommended deadlines may not be processed in time to meet the required University's International deadlines.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
0117, 0119, 0102, 0103, 0107, 0122, 0112, 0114, 0199, 0224, 0226, 0205, 0206, 0212, 0308, 0409, 0405, 0502, 0605, 0631, 0705, 1004, 1001, 1101, 1102, 1103, 1107, 1109, 1199, 1301, 1399, 1501, 1502, 1602, 1615, 1616, 1612, 1699
For a PhD in Biosystems Engineering, a candidate must complete 63 units (minimum) consisting of 45 non-Dissertation units and 18 Dissertation (BE 920) units. All required units of credit must be at the 500-level or above at The University of Arizona or, in the case of transfer units, their equivalent at other institutions.
7.3.1 (BE Graduate Manual)
MinimumCourse Requirements for BE PhD For a PhD in Biosystems Engineering, students must complete a minimum of 63 units, consisting of the following:
3 units of STAT 571B
6 units of either Numerical Analysis, or other approved Mathematics/ Modeling courses
2 units of BE 501 (601)
1 unit BE 597A (fall) or 1 unit BE 593 (spring)
4 units of BE 696A (presenting) o Any units exceeding the 4 units of BE 696A will not be listed on the student’s Plan of Study o EXCEPTION: Candidates with a BE MS degree are only required to take 2 units as the other 2 units were earned from their MS program
2 units of BE 696B (non-presenting) o Continuous enrollment in BE 696B for each semester he/she is not presenting is expected. Students must receive approval from the Department to be excused from this requirement o Any units exceeding the 2 units of BE 696B will not be listed on the student’s UAccess Plan of Study
12 units of BE courses (limit of 3 units of house-numbered courses, i.e., 592, 593, 599)
1 unit of BE 693 (section # under faculty sponsor)
3 to 6 units of elective courses per approval of Major Professor (depending on the required minor units)
18 units (minimum) of Dissertation units (BE 920)
Along with 9 to 12 units of minor course work, depending on the Minor Department requirements.
Additional information and requirements can be found at:
Ph.D. students minoring in Biosystems Engineering must complete 10 units of BE course work:
9 units of BE courses
1 unit of BE 696A.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||70%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||62%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||38%|
|Enrollment Percent International||35%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||9%|