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Quantitative Bioscience at the University of Tennessee

Pathways to Graduate Study

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Lab photo. UT offers multiple routes for graduate study in the quantitative biosciences to meet the diverse needs of those with varying interests and backgrounds. The following are options for developing your graduate program in quantitative bioscience. For each of these, applications are required through UT's Graduate School. We encourage all interested applicants to contact particular faculty whose areas of research are of interest to you. Whatever graduate program you choose, our objective is to tailor our mentoring to your specific career goals, whether these are academia, industry, non-governmental organizations or government. Graduate support through research and teaching assistantships are offered by each of the following programs. Knoxville is one of the most affordable and culturally-diverse regions in the US. Our students find that the financial support offered allows them to fully participate in the life of the campus and region.

Division of Biology

The Division of Biology offers both the M.S. and Ph.D in the following three programs:

Each of these graduate programs include faculty with quantitative bioscience expertise and interest in mentoring students with interdisciplinary interests across the life sciences and quantitative fields. For more information about UT's Biology Graduate Programs, click here.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers a traditional MS degree, with an optional  M.S. concentration in applied mathematics. Both a thesis and a non-thesis option are available to MS candidates. The program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework, and it is normally possible to finish the degree in two years, possibly including summer courses. Many students earn an MS as they make progress towards a PhD. The department includes one of the world's largest concentrations of faculty with research interests at the interface of mathematics and biology. These faculty have extensive experience mentoring students pursuing degrees in math focused on biological applications.
Contact: Suzanne Lenhart, Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics,

UT-ORNL Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology (GST)

The UT-ORNL Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology (GST) is a Ph.D. program jointly operated by more than 60 scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A part of the Division of Biology, the program emphasizes research training at the intersection of wet-lab (experimental) and dry-lab (computational) science. Students work in diverse areas of the quantitative biosciences including bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, biostatistics, genomics, and computational structural biochemistry.
Contact: Albrecht von Arnim, Professor and GST Program Director,

Tickle College of Engineering

The Tickle College of Engineering offers several departments with Ph.D. programs at the interface of biological science and engineering. These include chemical and biomolecular engineering; civil and environmental engineering; mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering; and biosystems engineering. Biosystems engineering degrees are offered through a collaboration between the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. For more information, contact (chemical and biomolecular engineering); (civil and environmental engineering); (mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering) and (biosystem engineering).

Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

The Bredesen Center seeks to create opportunities for exceptional students to engage in interdisciplinary research and education with particular emphasis on connections to research being carried out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Doctoral degrees are offered in the following areas:

Institute of Agriculture

UT's Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) offers a number of master's and Ph.D programs in quantitative bioscience fields. In UTIA's Herbert College of Agriculture, the following departments offer degrees:

In UTIA's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduate degrees with a quantitative bioscience focus are offered through the Comparative & Experimental Medicine Program.
Contact: Stephen Kania, Director of Graduate Studies,

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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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