Bio-Resources Option in Civil Engineering

Engineering and the world's biological systems go hand-in-hand in maintaining our delicate environment. We now recognize the important role of Civil Engineers in maintaining our soil, plant, and water resources. The Bio-Resources Option of Civil Engineering trains civil engineers to fulfill the infrastructure needs of our ever-expanding society while preserving the environment, enhancing biological production, and protecting natural resources. 

As our understanding of the interaction between engineering activities and the effect on the environment expands, the need for civil engineers with bio-resources training also grows. Particular areas of concern are: 

  • soil and water conservation and reclamation
  • modeling and analysis of hydrologic systems
  • safe and adequate water supplies
  • protection and enhancement of surface and groundwater
    quantity and quality
  • waste and by-product management

Professional Job Opportunities

Our graduates have been highly successful in beginning their engineering career immediately after graduation. Graduates have tended to find employment in: 

  • consulting engineering companies
  • manufacturing industries
  • mining and natural resources industries
  • engineering sales and service
  • federal, state, and local agencies

We also have a high placement record in graduate engineering programs, and have had students with ROTC scholarships move on to military commitments. 

The Bio-Resources Option in Civil Engineering at MSU

The Bio-Resources Option is designed to be completed in four years. Many of the lower division courses are available in the summer. The program adequately prepares students for licensing as professional engineers (PE) and is an excellent precursor for graduate studies in civil or environmental engineering.

Professional Electives  

The scope of the Bio-Resources Option is demonstrated by a review of the professional elective courses available. These include:

  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Groundwater
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment
  • Land Rehabilitation
  • Soil Physics and Soil Chemistry


The Civil Engineering Department has laboratories devoted to undergraduate education. These include hydraulics and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, and surveying. Our computer facilities are state-of-the-art and use current versions of engineering software and hardware. Many of our courses have strong computer components.