The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) offers two bachelor's degrees with various concentrations and options:
 
BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING (which leads to a BS in Biosystems Engineering)
 
CONSTRUCTIONSCIENCE AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS STUDY OPTIONS (which leads to a BS in Environmental and Soil Sciences)
  • Agricultural Systems Technology Concentration
  • Construction Science Concentration
  • Off-road Vehicle Technology Concentration
 
ENVIRONMENTAL& SOIL SCIENCES STUDY OPTIONS (which leads to a BS in Environmental and Soil Sciences)
  • Environmental Science Concentration
  • Soil Science Concentration
  • Conservation Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability Concentration
 
Both BS degrees  prepare you to work with environmental, ecological, biological, or agricultural systems.  In a nutshell below are broad stroke definitions of these technical areas. Please navigate our site for more in-depth information.
 
Three distinct options 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.
These science and technology-based curricula offer three options for students interested in Agricultural Systems Technology, Construction Science,  and Off-road Vehicle Technology.
 
Biosystems Engineers work with natural systems and integrate knowledge of engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics to conserve natural resources, protect the environment, and efficiently produce and process safe, plentiful, high quality food and fiber. We also have a pre-professional concentration for students interested in pursuing law, medicine, pharmacy, etc.
 
In sum, 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, Environmental & Soil Sciences, or Construction Science and Agricultural Systems will prepare you for an exciting, rewarding and satisfying career.
 
For more information, send us an email at bess@utk.edu or give us a call at (865)974-7266. We can arrange for a tour of our facilities and  meeting with professors and students.   We look forward to hearing from you.  
   
Kindly,
 
Professor & Head