• Overview
  • Next-generation energy.

    Engineers in this field specialize in the design of plants and processes to convert feedstock and waste into alternative energy sources. This includes the production of ethanol from starchy crops (wheat and corn) and from grassy and woody crops (switchgrass and hybrid poplar).

    In this program, you will combine the study of biology, chemistry and math to learn how to develop equipment and methods to produce energy and fuels. You will explore topics related to biodiesel, renewable diesel, Fischer Tropsch fuels, and gasification and other thermal conversion processes.

    Students in this program have opportunities to participate in the university’s internationally recognized biodiesel research program.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program could be a good fit if you:
    • Like math, biology and chemistry
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Like thinking of new ways to do things
    • Participate in 4-H or other ag-related activities
    • Enjoy working with technology and equipment
    • Are interested in alternative energy
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a/an:
    • Process engineer
    • Design engineer
    • Quality control engineer
    • Project engineer