The Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) department at UC Davis is part of both the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. BAE integrates engineering principles with biological systems for research and education in the production, distribution and processing of biological products. The department research and educational programs focus on agricultural, aquaculture, bioenvironmental, bioinstrumentation, biomedical, energy systems, food, forest, fiber and postharvest engineering.

Department Mission Statement

"The mission of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is to discover, develop, apply, and disseminate knowledge for the sustainable production, management, and use of biological materials, and to educate students for this work.”

Degrees Offered

The BAE department offers six undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Systems Engineering (EBS), including B.S., Integrated B.S./M.S. (five-year program), M.S., Master of Engineering (ME), PhD, and Doctor of Engineering (DE).  Students can specialize in one of the three areas of excellence: 1) Biotechnology Engineering, 2) Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering, and 3) Food Engineering.   The undergraduate program in Biological Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Department Contacts

Department Student Affairs Officer: Lauren Lirio Mendoza  (

Department Chair:  Professor Bryan Jenkins (

Department Master Undergraduate Advisor: Professor Tina Jeoh (

Department Graduate Admissions Advisor: Professor Ruihong Zhang (

Department Graduate Advisor: Professor Shrini Upadhyaya (

The department’s office is located in 2030 Bainer Hall.. Voice: (530) 752-0102