Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 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.

Nationally Recognized
FABE is ranked 7th in the nation for our undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering program according to U.S. News and World Reports

Job Outcomes
2017-2018 FABE graduates secured jobs with an average starting salary of $58,237.

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. 

Accredited Program
Agricultural Engineering, BSFABE, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Food, Biological, and Ecological Engineering, BSFABE, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET


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

Food, agricultural, biological, and ecological engineers (FABE) are prepared to work in a variety of fields, including engineering disciplines outside of FABE. Average starting annual salaries for FABE graduates is over $57,500. Our recent graduates have found internship, employment, and service opportunities with:
Archers Daniels Midland
Army Corps of Engineers
BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute)
Brothers Drake Meadery
Campbell Soup Company
Cargill Meat Solutions
City of Wooster Engineering Department
Cooper Farms
Crop Production Service
Crown Equipment
EMI Corporation
Environmental Protection Agency
Farm Journal Media
Fresh Mark, Inc.
General Motors (GM)
Infinity Orthopedics
JH Heinz
John Deere
Kansas State University Northwest
Kellogg Company
Kokosing Construction Company
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
North High Brewing
NRCS Engineering
Ohio EPA
Ohio State Medical Center
Ohio State University USDA ARS
Ohio State University USDA NRCS
OSU Wooster
Ottawa County Engineer
Peace Corps
Quasar Energy Group
Tom Baughman Farms LTD
Unverferth Manufacturing Company
World Vision Ecuador
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Air Force Research Laboratory

program objectives

1. Engage in engineering careers in industry, academia, government, or other organizations or enroll in advanced degrees in engineering programs or professional schools.
2. Participate in professional organizations and seek advancement in their careers.
3. Pursue professional development opportunities and become valued members of their communities.