Thank you for visiting our Undergraduate Studies Web site -- we are pleased that you are interested in learning more about programs in Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science.

We offer two bachelor's degrees in three distinct areas that will prepare you to work with environmental, ecological, biological, or agricultural systems:
  • Biosystems Engineering
    Biosystems Engineers work with natural systems and integrate knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering to efficiently produce and process safe, plentiful, high quality food and fiber while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. We also have a pre-professional concentration for students interested in pursuing law or medicine.
  • Soil Science and Environmental Sciences
    Three distinct concentrations are offered in this science-based area of study. Environmental Scientists use modern technologies such as geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and computer applications in managing natural resources. Their knowledge of basic natural sciences, ecology and soil sciences combined with an understanding of the societal issues related to the environment are useful tools. Soil Scientists learn to evaluate soil characteristics in the field and lab, using industry-standard tests and techniques. They learn to survey, identify, classify, and map soils, and to predict the suitability of a soil for specific uses. Graduates from the Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability concentration will have the skills to work as agronomic consultants, agribusiness managers, agricultural production, and employment within the agricultural value chain.
  • Biosystems Technology
    These science and technology - based curricula offer four concentrations for students interested in Agricultural Systems Technology, Construction Science, Land Surveying Technology, and Off-Road Vehicle Technology.

Any of these degree programs will prepare you for a professionally rewarding career in which you can apply engineering or scientific principles to real world problems. If you enjoy science, math, and solving problems, a degree in Biosystems Engineering or Environmental & Soil Sciences will prepare you for an exciting and satisfying career. For more information, send us an email at bess@utk.edu or give us a call at (865)974-7266. We look forward to hearing from you, to answering your questions or perhaps giving you a tour of our department.


Julie Carrier
Professor & Head