Bioengineers are engineers of living matter: in a unique way, they bring together knowledge of the biological world and of engineering science. A degree in engineering revolves around the thoroughness with which the different science disciplines are studied and interrelated. The Bioscience Engineering Programme offers a synthesis of chemistry and biology, while mathematics and physics are the stepping stone towards technology. That technological knowledge is always placed in a socio-ethical context and not merely used to support an increase in the production of biological processes. Increasingly, topics like quality, safety, sustainability and public health are given due attention. Initially, the programme focused on agriculture, soil, water, forest and nature management, and agricultural and food industry chemistry. Developments in research, industry and society, however, have gone hand in hand with the development of other fields of study: bioprocessing technology, environmental technology and cell and gene biotechnology. Bioengineers are well-equipped to meet the challenges of having to play a crucial role on a crossroads of several different disciplines such as technology, biology and biochemistry on the one hand, and environment, nature, agriculture, food and health on the other.