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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biosystems Engineering Major, PhD


Admission
Students applying for admission into the doctoral program must submit evidence of ability to perform and report independent research to the satisfaction of the faculty of the department. An approved master’s thesis will usually be acceptable for this purpose.

Requirements
To earn a degree, each doctoral student must complete at least 75 hours of approved graduate credit (beyond the baccalaureate degree) in biosystems engineering and supporting areas (engineering, computational methods, agricultural and biological sciences, and other related areas). Of the 75 hours, 48 must be in courses numbered greater than 500 (including 24 hours of course BSE 600 ) and 6 hours of courses at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, numbered greater than 600. Other specific requirements for the minimum 75 hours are listed below.

  Hours Credit
BSE 619  and other major subject courses 18
1Course work in computational methods 9
Program electives 21
2BSE 603  Seminar (1) 3
BSE 600  Dissertation 24
  Total 75
   
1 Mathematics, computer science, statistics, or any course containing appropriate computational components that may be approved by the department.
2 Must be taken three times during the course of the program, the last of which must be in the student’s final semester before graduation.

In addition to completing the minimum 75 hours of graduate credit required for a degree, each doctoral student must also pass a comprehensive examination as required by the Graduate Council.