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Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)

Become a problem-solver for agribusiness.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) is for those who want to shape the future of agriculture and who have an interest in engineering, mathematics, physics and other subjects in basic engineering and sciences. Engineers work in design, testing, research and development, management, and administration.

There is high demand for ABE graduates with training in both physical and biological sciences. Employment opportunities include but are not limited to machinery companies, commercial and agricultural building manufacturers, consulting firms, energy-related firms and agencies, and educational, research and development organizations. Many graduates balance their career and continue helping with farming and ranching operations.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to get hands-on experience learning how things work
  • Are comfortable with math and sciences
  • Like the idea of inventing creative new solutions to real problems
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker

Career Opportunities

  • Designing and managing food production systems
  • Designing ag equipment, animal production facilities and environmental control systems
  • Protecting surface and ground water quality
  • Developing and managing bioprocessing systems
  • Designing natural resource management systems

Recent Employers

  • Raven Industries
  • AGCO
  • Kinze
  • John Deere
  • POET

Internship Opportunities

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Bobcat
  • Case IH
  • Caterpillar
  • Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)

Suggested Certificates

  • Engineering Graphics

Suggested Minors

  • Engineering for Precision Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business
  • Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Software Engineering

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Student Branch
  • Quarter Scale Tractor Team
  • ABE Department Student Club
  • Joint Engineering Council

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.