Accreditation: The BS degree in biosystems engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Study Options: This four-year program includes two study options and one minor.
The biosystems engineering curriculum is offered by the Herbert College of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Tickle College of Engineering. It includes a broad slate of fundamental engineering skills, including soil and water conservation, machine design, sensor development, and bioprocessing.
Recent graduates of this track are employed by government agencies (Natural Resource Conservation Service, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), equipment manufacturers (John Deere, Caterpillar, New Holland), universities, pharmaceutical companies (Novartis), environmental engineering consulting firms, and water treatment facilities. The broad background offered by this degree appeals to many different companies with a broad range of interests.
The pre-professional concentration provides comprehensive training in biosystems engineering while preparing the student for candidacy to medical school, law school, or other professional programs. While this program meets general published pre-med requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to work with their academic advisor to ensure that their course selection meets the demands of specific schools.
The pre-professional program prepares its graduates for additional studies in professional programs. The biological emphasis of the curriculum is specifically geared towards application to medical schools, but past graduates have also successfully completed law school, and the program would provide excellent preparation for dental studies, veterinary schools, etc. Because the requirements of such programs vary greatly, it is the student’s responsibility to work with their advisor to ensure that the specific classes taken meet the admissions requirement of their target programs.
Environmental Engineering Minor
With careful course selection and the addition of a few courses to the standard sequence, a student can obtain a minor in environmental engineering. For further details, consult your advisor.
Elective courses can be taken in the specified subject areas. Students consult with their advisors each semester about their interests and the appropriate classes to meet the students’ needs.