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    Dec 04, 2023  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Caula A. Beyl, Dean
Mary Lewnes Albrecht, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Emily Gray, Director of CASNR Student Services
Theressa Cooper, Coordinator, Retention
Anna Filipek, Coordinator, Recruitment

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources began in 1869 when the university was designated as Tennessee’s Federal Land-Grant Institution. As such, the university was enabled for the first time to offer instruction in agriculture. Graduate instruction began as early as 1889. The college is not only an academic unit of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but is (with AgResearch, UT Extension and the College of Veterinary Medicine) one of the four units of the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture.

There are many shared resources and positive interactions between various units of the Institute. Most of the faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources hold joint appointments in AgResearch and are actively involved in significant basic and applied research in agriculture and the associated natural resources. On campus and field research laboratories are utilized in the instructional programs of the college; extension and research activities provide many students excellent opportunities. AgResearch provides some graduate research assistantships to support graduate students.

The unique association the college has with the University of Tennessee and the other units of the Institute of Agriculture makes it possible for the college to offer comprehensive, high-quality graduate programs.

The graduate student is expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject matter in his/her specialized field of study and its relationship to the sociological, economic, and environmental impact on society. The student must demonstrate the ability to plan, conduct, analyze, and report original research. Emphasis is given to intellectual growth and the development of scholarly habits of study, reasoning and analysis so that the graduate will continue to grow and develop professionally throughout his/her career. The graduate student is also expected to learn about and practice research ethics.

Master of Science Programs

Programs of graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree are offered through all departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The graduate program may be entirely in one major subject or may include subject matter areas related to the major.

Both majors and minors are available in agricultural economics, agricultural and extension education, animal science, biosystems engineering, biosystems engineering technology, entomology and plant pathology, environmental and soil sciences, food science and technology, landscape architecture (offered jointly with the College of Architecture and Design) and plant sciences. Majors only are available in forestry and wildlife and fisheries science, and minors are available in general agriculture. The minor in general agriculture requires 12 hours of course work. For a complete listing of majors see the Majors, A-Z  link.

Doctoral Programs

Graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with majors in animal science; biosystems engineering; food science and technology; natural resources; and plants, soils, and insects are offered in the college.

Agricultural and Extension Education Program

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Agricultural Economics

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Animal Science

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Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

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Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Food Science and Technology

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Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

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Plant Sciences

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