Students who major in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) strive to serve society and to improve our environment. Graduates use their skills to identify and solve engineering problems related to renewable energy; environmental issues; production of safe, healthy, nutritious, value-added food products; and other areas where natural earth systems can be engineered to be more productive for humanity, while protecting these resources for a sustained and secure future. Students specialize in either food, agricultural, biological, or ecological engineering in order to pursue their particular interests.
The Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering program at The Ohio State is an internationally recognized leader in the advancement of the science and application of engineering in systems involving food, agriculture, biology, and ecology. The department provides a hands-on and supportive learning environment for students to specialize their education to prepare them for future careers using the latest principles, practices, and technology.
FABE is ranked 6th in the nation for our undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering programs according to U.S. News and World Report.
2020-2021 FABE graduates secured jobs with an average starting salary of $65,413.
Each year our department awards over $100,000 in scholarships to current and incoming students. Students in FABE can also apply for scholarships through both the College of Engineering and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Each college awards $1.4 million and $2.2 million, respectively, in scholarships each year.
Agricultural Engineering, BSFABE, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Food, Biological, and Ecological Engineering, BSFABE, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Food engineering involves the production, processing, packaging, safety and/or transportation of the world’s food supply. With over 15,000 registered food processing and equipment companies in the United States, the food industry is one of the largest industries in the world. Food engineers design sustainable and environmentally responsible food processes for manufacturing safe, tasty, healthy, convenient food products.
Agricultural engineering allows students to focus on soil and water, structures and facilities, or machinery systems. The program prepares students for careers in industries and agencies providing engineering inputs and services to agricultural production. Though the curriculum focuses on agriculture-related themes, agricultural engineering graduates are prepared for careers in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering.
Biological engineering involves the engineering of living systems and the application of engineering principles to real world problems. Ohio State’s biological engineering program combines the knowledge of biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry with hands-on work with plants, animals, humans, and microorganisms. Graduates of this program have pursued graduate and professional degrees in a multitude of areas, including biomedical engineering, veterinary medicine, human medicine, dentistry and optometry.
Ecological engineering focuses on the design and restoration of natural ecosystems for societal and environmental benefits. Students who study ecological engineering may choose to focus on the design and restoration of natural ecosystems including streams, wetlands and coastal systems. Others will focus their studies on water quality and environmental contamination issues through the design, development and management of ecosystems.
Where our Graduates Go
Students with degrees in FABE are competitive for a wide array of jobs in a number of industries. See the interactive map below to learn more about where our graduates go on to work, or visit Engineering Career Services to learn more about career outcomes. The data below represents graduates from 2017-2019 who reported a job outcome at the time of graduation.
Change to Engineering Pre-Major Process
All Pre-FABE students and students from other pre-majors in the College of Engineering can schedule a 30-minute appointment with Kelli Whitcomb via OnCourse. Students wishing to change their major to Pre-FABE from majors outside of the College of Engineering should review this information and then schedule a meeting with Kelli via OnCourse to discuss eligibility requirements.
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