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About the BAE Department

“The Biological Engineering department is more like a family…BE teaches you how to build a boat and then sends that boat into a community where you learn to affect change.” - Matthew Hutchins, LSU BioEngineering Alumnus

Engineering for Life

Biological & Agricultural Engineering is the integration of applied biology into the fundamental engineering principles for the purpose of designing processes and systems that influence, control, or utilize biological materials, including animals, plants, humans, and other living organisms, for the benefit of society. Our academic programs focus on helping students build themselves as professionals with both a strong science and engineering background, dedicated to the journey of life-long learning. 

At Louisiana State University, our Biological and Agricultural Engineering students engage in rigorous coursework that integrates applied biology into the fundamental engineering principles, including those in mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineering. This course of study yields professionals with a uniquely diverse and highly applicable skill set.  

Our BE students graduate with strong fundamental engineering skills, technical knowledge, and professional and personal skills to effectively practice engineering in conjunction with biological systems. Our alumni often obtain positions in a wide range of career fields, like oil and gas, the medical industry, and federal government. Some jobs our students are eligible for are biomedical engineer, soil scientist, plant geneticist, and agricultural consultant, just to name a few.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs enable students to pursue interests in variety of bioengineering subfields such as biomedical, bioenvironmental, bioprocessing, and agricultural. 

Read our Fall 2023 Newsletter to find out more about what's going on within our department, including welcoming new faculty and summaries of some of our current research projects.

Begin your career-long journey in Biological Engineering by planning your visit, contacting our undergraduate or graduate coordinators, and finding out more about our degree programs and BAE facilities

Our long and short-term goals and strategies are laid out in detail in our departmental Strategic Plan.


Additional Info about BAE at LSU

Contact Us

Department Chair

Marybeth Lima, Cliff & Nancy Spanier Alumni Professor

Undergraduate Coordinator

Nicholas Totaro

Graduate Coordinator

Cristina M. Sabliov, Professor

149 E.B. Doran Building, LSU  
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-3153
Fax 225-578-3492