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Academic Departments

The college is comprised of seven departments on the Knoxville campus as well as academic programs offered at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) on the Tullahoma, Tennessee, campus.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineering deals with the development, design, operation, and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products.

Biomolecular engineering encompasses system biology, protein engineering, and personalized and nano medicine. The department also offers a program of study in sustainable energy, which includes biofuels, photovoltaics, and fuel cells.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil engineering is concerned with designing the infrastructure of a society. This encompasses construction, transportation, energy needs, and the design and development of urban areas.

Environmental engineering works to solve problems with pollution and waste disposal and managing and minimizing damage to communities from water and other natural sources.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Deals with the application of physical laws governing charged particles. This field impacts many aspects of modern life, from miniature integrated circuits to power systems spanning international boundaries. Computer engineers work with digital processing of images and signals. The study of computer science emphasizes hardware, software, and theory.


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Concerned with the design of integrated systems involving people, materials, information, equipment, and energy in order to achieve the most efficient function possible while still taking human factors into consideration

ISE Student

Materials Science and Engineering

Primarily involved with the search for basic knowledge of the internal structure and properties of materials. Developments in materials science and engineering are on the cutting edge of modern technology, as new and improved materials are critical to the development of advanced products.

Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

Mechanical engineering focuses on the development of mechanical and thermal-fluid science systems that emphasize energy conversion and fluid dynamics.

Aerospace engineering involves the design, testing and manufacturing of aircraft and spacecraft.

Biomedical engineering is concerned with the design, development and manufacturing of artificial extensions and implants to assist movement in the human body, such as knee joint replacements.

Nuclear Engineering

Focuses on the application of sub-atomic processes for the benefit of both humanity and the environment. Traditional nuclear engineering involves working with reactor system analysis, safety and design, as well as other factors involved with reactor operation. The department also offers a track in radiological engineering, which involves the design and safe use of radiation in industry and medicine.

Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME)

Developed to meet the needs of industry and government by providing formal undergraduate and graduate education in the RME area. Undergraduate students can receive a minor in RME, while graduate students can receive either a graduate certificate or master’s degree.

Students Work at the Reliability and Maintainability Center in Munich

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI)

UTSI is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center. It was established in 1964 as part of UT and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, and mathematics.

UTSI Campus

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.