Biosystems Engineering (BAT) / BSc


Biosystems Engineering is a multi-disciplinary academic programme that fulfils the needs of mankind in terms of sustainable food, feed, fuels, fibres and chemicals. The Biosystems Engineering bachelor programme prepares students to address aspects of the question “How to sustainably feed 10 billion people in 2050?”.

Knowing how a system behaves and performs is based on models; this requires a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics and physics. From day one students learn to adopt systems thinking: they learn to identify the different functions in a biosystem as well as the engineering aspects of technology that fulfil these functions. Systems engineering, sensing, data collection and (statistical) data analysis, modelling, control and information engineering form the engineering basis. Solutions should also meet the needs of society. Students therefore acquire a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the interaction between technology and society or economics. Biosystems Engineering addresses challenges arising in systems or a chain of systems containing living organisms and products that are perishable, ripening and subject to decay. So it investigates, develops and combines knowledge and methods from technical sciences with biological, environmental, agricultural and social sciences. To address such complex problems teamwork is necessary. Therefore students learn how to work in teams and to communicate effectively.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- explain, following a systems approach, the different functions, and for these functions the underlying engineering aspects the technology has to fulfil, for a biosystem used for the production of food, non-food, and resources;
- explain the biology of the biosystem, with emphasis on the factors that influence the growth or behaviour of the biosystem (and can be controlled or affected by technological solutions);
- explain the position and the interactions with stakeholders of the biosystem in the production chain and society;
- apply the relevant knowledge and methods from basic sciences as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology in cases related to biosystems engineering;
- apply the relevant knowledge and methods from general and biosystems engineering in cases related to biosystems engineering;
- apply procedural knowledge, including the main phases of a scientific research or design process, by writing a research plan and carrying out this research plan or making a design for a biosystems engineering related problem;
- gather and interpret relevant data in the field of biosystems engineering for sensing, control, and management of biosystems;
- apply programming, measuring, and modelling techniques, system analysis, and mathematical and statistical methods;
- apply a methodical approach for the design and evaluation of technology for the biosystem with respect to the requirements set;
- communicate orally and in writing ideas, problems and solutions on the results of learning, experiments, and project work to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in Dutch, and in English where relevant;
- work adequately in a team of students on a pre-defined biosystems engineering related case (research or development problem);
- make judgements based on the societal needs and requirements that arise in the field of biosystems engineering;
- retrieve and evaluate information from different sources (research, literature, internet, ...);
- design and plan their own learning path (under supervision) based on continuous evaluation upon personal knowledge on new subjects / topics relevant for the field of biosystems engineering, skills, and performance.

Programme Director

- Dr. ir. W.K.P. van Loon
Phone: 0317-(4)85216

Study Adviser(s)

-R. Möwes, MSc (A-K)
Phone: 0317-(4)86571
- Ir. G. Straver (L-Z)
Phone: 0317-(4)83908

Programme Committee

Chair: dr. ir. W.K.P. van Loon
Secretary: dr .ir. W.K.P. van Loon


Study Association

Heeren XVII, Axis-Z, Bornse Weilanden 9, 6708 WG Wageningen
Phone: 0317-(4)84192

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MAB Biosystems Engineering

MBS Biobased Sciences

MDR Development and Rural Innovation

Language of Instruction

First year  Dutch, second year mainly Dutch, third year mainly English