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What is Biological Engineering?

The intricate systems of life are all around us. Plants transform sunlight into energy and food. Water flows through streams and rivers, forming the earth’s circulatory system as it supports life and carries away waste for renewal. New forms of energy are being created from biodegradable products. As a biological engineer, you can learn how to control these systems to improve our health and that of our planet. Biological engineering graduates use knowledge of the natural world combined with engineering in greentech companies, environmental and ecological consulting companies and government agencies to design products and systems that protect the planet and enhance human life.

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Why choose the biological engineering department at the University of Arkansas?

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Find opportunities, resources and more about your biological engineering degree.

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See what the biological engineering graduate program has to offer!

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    Department Highlights

    Marty Matlock

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff

    Dr. Marty Matlock will serve as Senior Advisor for Food Systems Resiliency with Marketing and Regulatory Programs. He was founding Executive Director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.


    Division of Agriculture Works with Local Brewery to Improve Carbonization of Craft Beer

    Beer is typically carbonated by passing CO2 gas through the liquid in bright tanks like these. A new method developed by Arkansas researcher Scott Osborn uses pressure to induce absorption of the gas, improving carbonation and reducing waste.

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    Division of Agriculture

    The Division conducts research & outreach with the mission to achieve, expand, and promote sustainability, profitability, stewardship, and safe and nutritious food supply.

    Diversity & Inclusion

    We pride our mission and values towards D & I in BioAg.

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