Biological Systems Engineering

A promising market that requires professionals with updated training

Students will be offered several opportunities to carry out scientific research in the field

** Double Degree

How to develop technology for an efficient food production and energy for a world that has been facing drastic climatic changes? These questions offer a glimpse of what the Biological Systems Engineering major is about. This major was conceived to supply the market with professionals that possess updated training; people who are able to apply their expertise in areas such as: plant and animal production, instrumentation, information technology, automation, and environment.

Systems of plant and animal production (biological systems) have been using new production control technologies, mostly involving automation and robotics, in order to reduce production loss and increase productivity, thus meeting a global demand for food and renewable energy. Poultry farming, for instance, is one the production chains that invest the most in technology innovation. It is also a field where automation is already present. Brazil is the second largest producer and the biggest exporter of chicken in the world, which shows the great potential the country holds regarding technology innovation applied to the area.

Other production chains also have the potential to reach a better performance, as long as they have professionals that possess a great understanding of biological systems and are able to work with control and automation of production processes. A biological systems engineer is capable of meeting these demands.

The importance of this field may be estimated by the contribution of agribusiness to the Brazilian GDP. In 2011, agribusiness accounted for 22,74% of the domestic GDP, and a two-year comparative analysis shows that such amount has grown by 13,51%. A prospective initial salary of 6,102 BRL reflects how much the country needs biological systems engineers that are able to promote the country's economic and production development by, for instance, working for companies that deal with solar or wind energy, bioenergy, agricultural implements, equipment for animal production, software, geoprocessing, control and automation, scientific research, and consultancy.

The major lasts five years, all the classes are scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon, and 40 seats are offered every year. Besides basic engineering courses, such as math and physics, vocational courses - that have to do with artificial intelligence, the use of natural resources, and animal welfare, for instance - are also offered.

Students will also have the opportunity to carry out scientific research in the field and enroll in side projects, field trips, and cultural activities.

The campus holds 14 labs for experiments and practical classes. Students will also have access to a great library provided with Internet connection, several study rooms, an updated collection, two audience rooms provided with multimedia equipment, a living area, and a research room.

The campus has the following labs: Biology; Solid Wastes and Recycling; Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry; Fluid Mechanics; Building Materials; Climatology and Hydrology; Environmental Comfort; Computing; Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence; Electrical Circuits and Installations; Digital Systems; Automation; Physics; Instrumentation), all coordinated by 23 professors.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Tupã Morning and Afternoon 40 5 years

TUPÃ

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