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Graduate Programs in the Life Sciences

Thank you for your interest in a Life Science graduate program at the University of Tennessee. We hope that enjoy exploring our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Genome Science and Technology

GST is an intercollegiate collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). GST fosters the integration of computational and experimental biology to solve challenging problems in biochemistry and biophysics, plant and biomedical science and microbiology.

Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology

BCMB seeks highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing research/professional careers in experimental and computational biology from the molecular to the organismal scale. Research topics range from dynamics of protein structures, cell and neuronal signaling, gene regulation, to development.


Microbiology provides graduate students with cutting-edge research training in subject areas including biomedical microbiology such as parasitology, virology and immunology as well as in environmental microbiology such as bioremediation and microbial ecology.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

EEB provides opportunities for students to develop research skills in animal behavior, conservation biology, population genetics and evolutionary biology, plant biology, experimental, mathematical and theoretical ecology, and other areas of organismal biology.


The program in Experimental Psychology provides research training in basic psychophysiological processes and their application to health problems such as hypertension, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, and susceptibility to infections.

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Plant Sciences

Graduate Students perform research to address problems from the molecular to the systems level, investigating improvements, plant physiology, and cultural management of food, fiber, turf and ornamental crops, as well as the practice of public horticulture. (MS in Plant Sciences, PhD in Plants, Soils & Insects).

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Research ranges all the way from topics in molecular genetics and cell biology integrated pest management and crop science. (MS in EPP, PhD in Plants, Soils & Insects).

Animal Science

Animal Science is dedicated to training graduate students in the disciplines of animal physiology, health and well-being including immunology and genomics as well as in the investigation of fundamental problems associated with animal production.

Comparative and Experimental Medicine

The program offers training with faculty members from both veterinary and human medicine leading to careers in research or teaching in the health sciences.


The graduate program in Nutrition covers two subfields. Students with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition emphasize experimental approaches. Students with a concentration in Public Health and Community Nutrition emphasize social and behavioral sciences and education.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering primarily conduct research in the areas of nano and microstructured materials, sustainable energy, and biomolecular engineering.