Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ENG)

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ENG)?

Agricultural and Biological Engineering applies science and engineering to production systems. These may include agriculture, food, environment, and energy. Other areas are natural resources, environmental protection and control, and related biological systems. This major may be for you if you’re interested in sustainability or renewable fuel sources. You’ll begin this major in the College of ACES. In your junior year, you will enroll in the College of Engineering 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

93% employed or continuing education

73% employed after graduation

20% attending graduate school

$60,681 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: John Deere, Caterpillar, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers View All

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

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

58% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358