What will I learn?

Career opportunities for graduates include the design, development, or management of practices that produce biofuels, minimize soil erosion, and conserve water resources; biological waste treatment systems; safer machinery systems with lower environmental impact and improved food and bio-processing systems. Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of industries, government agencies, research and testing organizations, and educational and non-profit institutions.

The curriculum provides instruction in the analytical and design skills needed to solve engineering problems related to biological and agricultural systems. Comprehensive design of systems and their components is emphasized in the senior year. In addition to the standard biosystems engineering curriculum, a pre-professional concentration is available. The degree program has provisions for elective courses to be taken in specified subject areas. Proper scheduling of courses is very important since prerequisite requirements must be met. Students must consult with their advisors each semester to review their scheduling plan.

The biosystems engineering program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides an exceptional breadth of background in science and engineering, a strong emphasis on design throughout the curriculum, and a focused application of engineering principles to complex biological systems. The program enables its students to perform in a manner that reflects positively on the program and the institution's reputation.

The Biosystems Engineering Program has Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) that align with the objectives of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Recent graduates are prepared by the program to:

  • Be successful in securing employment in the profession or a position in graduate or professional school,
  • Continue developing as professionals, and
  • Demonstrate success in their chosen career paths.

Student Outcomes

To achieve the program educational objectives listed above, a series of student outcomes have been adopted. These student outcomes provide specific measures to determine the degree of success in meeting each of the educational objectives. These outcomes are as follows.

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulates, and solves engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

The pre-professional concentration provides comprehensive training in biosystems engineering while preparing the student for candidacy to medical school. While this program meets most of the general published pre-medical requirements, the student has the responsibility to work with an academic advisor to ensure that his or her program meets the demands of specific schools. This concentration may also meet most of the requirements for candidacy to dental school, veterinary school, and other professional programs.

Which department am I in?

Herbert College of Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (128 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,426.00 per year
Start date

21 August 2019, 8 January 2020

Venue

Herbert College of Agriculture

2621 Morgan Circle,

126 Morgan Hall,

KNOXVILLE,

Tennessee,

37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to have TOEFL score of 523 on the paper-based test.

For international students

Applicants must have a completion of high school or college academic work.

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency unless you are a US citizen or a permanent resident.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) score of 523
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 70
  • Completing the ELS 112 intensive program

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