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Agricultural & Biological Engineering

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What is Agricultural & Biological Engineering?

Agricultural and Biological Engineering applies scientific and engineering principles to production systems involving agriculture, food, environment, and energy; natural resources; environmental protection and control for plants, animals, and humans; and related biological systems. This major may be for you if you’re interested in agricultural productivity, sustainability, off-road equipment, erosion control, renewable fuel sources, indoor environmental control, or food or fuel engineering. You’ll apply to this major through the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, enrolling in the College of Engineering your junior year in order to complete the degree. You can choose a concentration in either Agricultural Engineering or Biological Engineering.

Career Options

  • Agricultural safety & technology
  • Alternative energy systems
  • Biofuels & engines
  • Bioprocess modeling
  • Crop conditioning & processing
  • Environmental controls
  • Food science
  • Government work
  • Hydrology, drainage, & irrigation
  • Project management

Post-Graduation Success1

91% employed or continuing education

73% employed after graduation

18% attending graduate school

$59,628 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: John Deere, Caterpillar, PepsiCo

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Stanford University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

29 - 32 ACT Score

1320 - 1470 SAT Score

3.53 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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