48 months
376 USD/credit 12220 USD/year
376 USD/credit 12220 USD/year
259 USD/credit 8417 USD/year
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers have a passion for using engineering skills to solve agricultural problems. Agricultural Engineers design equipment and facilities that increase agricultural productivity while protecting the environment. Join the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program at South Dakota State University and become one.

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Most employment opportunities are located regionally in production agriculture areas.

Agricultural Engineers will continue to be in high demand for as long as there is a need for food production. Agricultural engineers work in a wide variety of settings. Projects include: designing tractors and other agriculture and off-highway equipment, planning climate control systems that increase the comfort and productivity of livestock, creating systems for animal waste disposal, integrating artificial intelligence and geospatial systems, improving efficiency in fertilizer application and automating harvesting systems. Many graduates balance their career while continuing help with farming operations.

Is it for you?

This Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Prefer hands-on learning experiences
  • Enjoy learning how things work and solving problems
  • Enjoy working in agriculture environment, including outdoors
  • Like the idea of inventing creative new solutions to real problems
  • Are looking for a personal connections with teachers

Career Opportunities

  • Designing the next generation of agriculture vehicles, which will include automation.
  • Designing irrigation and drainage systems that protect and preserve surface and ground water quality.
  • Designing innovative livestock facilities to improve animal comfort, air quality and efficiency and profitability for producers.
  • Design and manage the processing facilities to turn commodities, like corn, soybeans and milk, into high value products such as plastics, fuel, specialty feeds and high quality foods.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Engineering Tools for Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Project Development for Agricultural and Biological Engineers 
  • Agricultural Structures and Indoor Environment Lab
  • Engineering Properties of Biological Materials Lab 
  • Design Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


130 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

For admission to SDSU, we look for one of the following academic achievements:

  • An ACT composite score or ACT superscore of 18 or SAT Math and Reading/Writing subscore total of 970 or
  • Level 3 or higher on Math and English Language Arts Smarter Balance Assessment or
  • A high school cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher or
  • A ranking in the top 60 percent of graduating class.

Students should also complete the following core courses with a “C” average or above:

  • 4 years of English (or ACT English subscore of 18 or above).
  • 3 years of advanced math—Algebra I and higher (or ACT math subscore of 20).
  • 3 years of laboratory science (or ACT science reasoning subscore of 17).
  • 3 years of social science (or ACT reading subscore of 17).
  • 1 year of fine arts (or AP Fine Arts score of 3 or above) Includes vocal, instrumental and studio arts.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 376 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 376 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8417 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 259 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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