Graduate Student Handbook

Policies, Procedures, and Recommendations

The University of Tennessee
Herbert College of Agriculture
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department


The Faculty of the Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department

The University of Tennessee
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department
2506 E.J. Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531

VOICE: 865.974.7266
FAX: 865.974.4514

This handbook is applicable to all graduate degree programs offered by the Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department, as follows:

  • Biosystems Engineering – MS, PhD
  • Biosystems Engineering Technology – MS
  • Environmental and Soil Sciences – MS
  • Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences – PhD

The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 2110 Terrace Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865.974.2498 (V/TTY available) or 974.2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the UT Office of Human Resources, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.

Department Head Welcome Statement

I welcome you as you begin your graduate study here in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. You will find that the department has a dedicated faculty and staff who work hard to create an open teaching and research environment. This Graduate Student Handbook has been prepared to serve as a resource containing information, timelines, forms and links that you will need during your graduate study. Regardless of your emphasis of study or degree program, it is our hope that this handbook will help make your graduate experience more productive and meaningful. We encourage you to refer back to this document throughout your time with us, as the content includes information and forms that you will need at the various stages of your study here at the University of Tennessee.

Work hard, and have fun!


Danielle Julie Carrier, Ph.D.
Professor and Head

General Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty and Graduate Students
Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Financial Support
Registration and Advising
Degree Requirements Specific to Departmental Programs
Resources, Problems, and Appeals
Appendix A: Pertinent Graduate Student Web Pages
Appendix B: Forms and Additional Resources
Appendix C: Statistics Minor
Appendix D: BSE Degree Evidence Table for Applicants without an Engineering Baccalaureate degree

Version 3.7 – September 2021 Revision
last updated: 9/17/2021