The University of Tennessee Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department administers two undergraduate programs:
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Environmental & Soil Sciences
Only the Bachelor of Science in the Biosystems Engineering program is accredited under the Agricultural Engineering criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (http://www.abet.org). This program has been accredited continuously since October 1, 1964, and our next accreditation review will take place in 2017-2018.

Program Educational Objectives

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:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment/Degrees Awarded

Enrollment Degrees Awarded
Fall Spring Fall Spring Summer
2011-12 71 70 2 6 3
2012-13 70 64 2 8 0
2013-14 65 57 3 12 2
2014-15 59 56 1 8 1
2015-16 56 60 0 8 2
2016-17 60 56 2 8  

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