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Phone: (208) 885-6182
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Biological & Agricultural Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

Idaho Falls

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
fax: (208) 282-7929



Bioenergy Engineering

Sweta in the labBioenergy Engineering will prepare you for a career in bioenergy plant design and production. This rapidly growing field includes ethanol from starchy crops like corn and wheat, and from grassy and woody crops like switchgrass and hybrid poplar. 

You will develop equipment and methods for efficient and environmentally sound production of energy and fuels. Engineers in this option receive extensive training in microbiology, biochemical engineering, heat and mass transfer, storage of biological products, materials handling, and unit processes.

Graduates are prepared for work with private industry, consulting firms, state and federal agencies on projects related to energy and fuels, process development, energy conservation, testing, evaluation and application of new energy alternatives.

Coursework - 128 credits required
Required course work includes university requirements (see regulation J-3) and coursework common to all options in an BAE undergraduate degree. A letter grade of C or better is required in each of the following courses before registration is permitted in upper-division engineering courses: BAE 242, Chem 111, Engr 210, Math 275 and Phys 211.

Students are required to submit a course plan and a statement of how the humanities and social science course requirements complement the technical content of the curriculum and are consistent with the program and institution objectives.

  • BAE 242 Agricultural Engineering Analysis and Design (2 cr)
  • BAE 461 Bioprocess Engineering (3 cr)
  • Biol 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)
  • Chem 277 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • Chem 278 Organic Chemistry I: Lab (1 cr)
  • MMBB 250, 255 General Microbiology and Lab (5 cr)
  • MMBB 380 Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)
  • Technical Electives (6 cr)
  • BAE 485 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts (3 cr)
  • BAE 492 Biofuels (3 cr)
  • BAE 494 Thermal Biomass Conversion (3 cr)

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