Welcome to the Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) Department at Oregon State University!

  Our department is dedicated to incorporating biological and ecological principles in engineering design to promote the development of resilient, sustainable systems that integrate human activities into the natural environment to the benefit of both. This is a rapidly developing and important new area of engineering, and Oregon State is a leader in the field.  Our program provides a unique and innovative approach to engineering sustainable systems that are environmentally friendly while addressing human needs for food, water, and energy. In the BEE department, we are devoted to giving students an outstanding engineering education and offer an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Ecological Engineering (B.S.), as well as graduate programs in Biological & Ecological Engineering (M.S., MEng, and Ph.D.) and Water Resource Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)  These programs provide a pathway for becoming a professionally licensed engineer Our undergraduate program emphasizes collaboration, creativity and innovation, and system-based approaches to problem solving on scales ranging from microscopic to global. Our students learn programming techniques for data analysis and modeling, application of engineering analysis to natural systems, and principle of engineering design.  In addition, open-ended problem-based learning and design are incorporated throughout the curriculum. Graduates from our program have the skills necessary to excel in multi-disciplinary teams and on projects that require complex solutions, and have found employment with industrial clients, engineering consulting companies, governmental agencies, and entrepreneurial start-ups.     Our graduate programs deal with diverse issues in the design and analysis of a wide range of biological and hydrologic systems. Focus areas include natural systems engineering, sensors and sensor systems, biosystems analysis and water resource engineering/watershed analysis with research topics spanning from biofuels production and metabolic engineering to water treatment and regional hydrologic modeling. Departmental research efforts are ongoing on six continents, with a strong emphasis on applied research. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school. If you have any questions, please contact us at bee.oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2041. We would love to hear from you and would welcome your visit to campus.


  ~ John Bolte, Department Head, Biological & Ecological Engineering