The ABE Mission

The primary mission of the Department is to serve the College, University and State through dynamic research, education and extension programs. The focus will be on engineering for biological systems and water resources as well as related environmental issues and systems management for agricultural systems and enterprises. A particular mission is to provide Arizona residents the opportunity to obtain a degree in Biosystems Engineering. This BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Department provides the only such program in the State of Arizona. Currently, the Department Extension program is focused on agricultural water resources engineering, including water quality, with additional emphasis on agricultural machinery and energy.

Program Educational Objectives
B.S. Degree Program in Biosystems Engineering

The Educational Objectives of the Biosystems Engineering Program at the University of Arizona are to produce graduates:

  • Who are effective engineers within natural resources and biotechnology related industries; and
  • Who have the foundation to undertake engineering projects and make significant contributions; or are
  • Enrolled in an advanced engineering or medical degree program and are successful in those.

Note: This set of revised objectives was developed at a meeting of the ABE advisory council on November 14, 2002, reviewed by the faculty during the faculty retreat on January 6, 2003 and approved by the faculty with minor revisions.  The objectives and mission have been evaluated again at faculty retreats and at the ABE Industrial Advisory Committee in the spring of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  In 2010, minor changes were made to the mission statement. 

Follow this link to reach the 2012 Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Strategic Planning document.  

Follow this link to reach the 2012 Controlled Environment Agriculture Center Strategic Planning document.