Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicle Technology Concentration Major Guide for 2011-2012

What is Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

The Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production. Since many human activities can adversely impact soil, water, and environmental quality, this BS degree in Environmental and Soil Sciences provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences and technology to prepare them for careers in environmental and natural resource management. Students in this program also study a broad curriculum of physical and environmental sciences (botany, chemistry, physics, soil and crop sciences), as well as applied areas such as ecology, nutrient and weed management, and natural resource policy. Students build expertise with the latest off-road vehicle technologies and equipment, such as engines, machinery, materials, surveying, geographical information systems, computer applications in natural resource management, global positioning systems, precision agriculture, chemical application, automation, computer-aided design, and environmental instrumentation. Finally, they are given a solid business and management foundation including technical writing, presentation skills, statistics, accounting, and economics.

Career Opportunities in Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be successful in off-road vehicle business (agriculture, recreation, construction, landscape, etc.), wildlife management, or employment with off-road vehicle equipment and material suppliers.  Potential careers include: off-road vehicle business; research, testing, and development; private consulting in environmental and wildland areas; technical sales and service representatives; entrepreneurs developing new products and services;  and specialist working with government and non-government organizations with interests in off-road recreation, the environemtn, and natural resources.

Salary Trends in Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

As off-road equipment becomes more sophisticated, machinery companies are looking for employees that understand the science and technology behind that sophistication.  Impacts of off-road vehicles on recreational areas are under continued scrutiny and government and private agencies are looking to manage these areas. Off-Road Vehicle technologists may expect initial salaries in the mid $30,000 range.  Additional examples of median incomes from a recent report include sales representatives for machinery and equipment, $43,000; and federal wildland managers, $51,000.

High School Preparation

Successful ORVT students typically have a strong high school background in science, particularly biology and chemistry.  Good communication abilities (written and verbal) and experience with computers are also very helpful. A strong background in these areas will enable you to more easily begin your college work.  Also, if you are able to earn advanced placement credit in some of these areas, you may have additional options later in your degree program.  These could include taking specialized courses that interest you, working in a lab, or contributing to a research project — providing valuable experience and improving your employment opportunities. Freshman admission to the program follows the general requirements of the University.  Admission chances are enhanced by high ACT/SAT scores and a solid high school transcript.

Transfer Student Preparation

The transfer students that do best in ORVT have a strong background in the sciences and mathematics.  Good communication abilities (written and verbal) and experience with computers are also very helpful.  General courses in natural resources, technology, business, and management will also provide a good foundation for building towards the student’s particular area of interest.

How to Major in Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

The Off-Road Vehicle Technology Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences program is part of the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department.  Our faculty and students enjoy talking with prospective students.  A faculty member (or a student, if you prefer) will guide you through our labs and answer your questions about the department. It is important to choose your desired concentration early (preferably at or before enrollment), to avoid having to make up specific required courses.  Each concentration has provisions for elective courses to be taken in specific subject areas.  Students consult with their advisors each semester about their interests and the appropriate classes to meet the students’ needs.

Requirements for Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

The program starts with a basic science foundation, and then adds courses in natural resources, economics, computers, and conservation.  The curriculum is strong with technology courses in engines, machinery, materials, surveying, geographical information systems, computer applications in natural resource management, global positioning systems, precision agriculture, chemical application, automation, computer-aided design, and environmental instrumentation. Directed technical electives allow the student to concentrate in a particular area of off-road vehicle technology, or to develop improved skills with particular related technology or management tools. This broad curriculum also includes several social science electives and the composition, technical writing, and speech skills to enable the graduate to communicate effectively.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

An internship is a structured 10-12 week work session, usually in the summer, in which you apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-life problems, while being mentored by a trained professional. If available, students are employed in paid full-time positions by industry, business, and government organizations, providing students with valuable experience and a competitive salary. The Off-Road Vehicle Technology program encourages all students to intern while in college.

Highlights of Environmental and Soil Science – Off-Road Vehicles Technology Concentration

Here are some additional reasons to consider Off-Road Vehicle Technology at UT:

  • An excellent student:professor ratio. This means more one-to-one time with professors for academic counseling and assistance with coursework. Graduates consistently rank our outstanding, caring faculty as one of the strengths of our department.
  • An award-winning tradition — both in national design competitions and in interdisciplinary UT engineering events.
  • Training in delivering presentations — through seminars, poster sessions, papers, and attendance at professional meetings.
  • Excellent scholarship support — Our students are eligible for scholarship money from both the University and the College.

An active student engineering club with extensive activities

In addition to providing its graduates with a skill set that is needed around the world, this program takes an international perspective in both its research and educational missions.  Departmental researchers have recently worked in or cooperated with researchers from countries ranging from Australia to Zambia, with countries in-between including Taiwan, Vietnam, Brazil, Ecuador, and many others.  Students have spent semesters abroad in countries from Sweden to Malta to South Africa, and have traveled with College trips to Thailand, Mexico, and Jamaica.  Finally, our student body includes students from Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, China, Colombia, and other countries.  The Center for International Education is the clearinghouse for the many possibilities UT offers it students in making themselves ready for the world.  CASNR does offer some scholarships for CASNR students participating in study abroad programs.  Students, faculty and staff participate in the annual Unity through Diversity Dinner held each fall.  Some students select a minor in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature.  Off-Road Vehicle Technology is not only ready for the world; it sees its mission as meeting needs throughout the world.

Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world 

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Here are some additional reasons to consider Off-Road Vehicle Technology at UT:

  • An excellent student:professor ratio. This means more one-to-one time with professors for academic counseling and assistance with coursework. Graduates consistently rank our outstanding, caring faculty as one of the strengths of our department.
  • An award-winning tradition — both in national design competitions and in interdisciplinary UT engineering events.
  • Training in delivering presentations — through seminars, poster sessions, papers, and attendance at professional meetings.
  • Excellent scholarship support — Our students are eligible for scholarship money from both the University and the College.

An active student engineering club with extensive activities

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In addition to providing its graduates with a skill set that is needed around the world, this program takes an international perspective in both its research and educational missions.  Departmental researchers have recently worked in or cooperated with researchers from countries ranging from Australia to Zambia, with countries in-between including Taiwan, Vietnam, Brazil, Ecuador, and many others.  Students have spent semesters abroad in countries from Sweden to Malta to South Africa, and have traveled with College trips to Thailand, Mexico, and Jamaica.  Finally, our student body includes students from Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, China, Colombia, and other countries.  The Center for International Education is the clearinghouse for the many possibilities UT offers it students in making themselves ready for the world.  CASNR does offer some scholarships for CASNR students participating in study abroad programs.  Students, faculty and staff participate in the annual Unity through Diversity Dinner held each fall.  Some students select a minor in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature.  Off-Road Vehicle Technology is not only ready for the world; it sees its mission as meeting needs throughout the world.

Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

Sample Curriculum

 

Freshman Year Credit Hours
General Botany / Geology 8
General Chemistry 8
Mathematics 6
English Composition 6
General education elective 3
TOTAL 31
Critical Courses: English 101-102,  Math 151-152, Chem 120-130
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Materials 3
Speech 3
Computer applications 3
Economics 4
Physics 4
General education electives 3
Technical electives 3
Conservation 3
Intro soil science 4
Statistics 3
TOTAL 33
Critical Courses: BsET 202, ESS 210, FWF 250, Physics 221
Junior Year Credit Hours
Surveying 3
Technical elective 3
GIS/GPS 3
Technical writing 3
Wildland recreation 2
Soil and water conservation 3
General education electives 6
TOTAL 30
Critical Courses: BsET 326 and 421, ESS 324, FOR 321
Senior Year Credit Hours
Technical electives 6
Engines 3
CAD 3
GIS/GPS 3
Production monitoring & automation 3
Environ. instrum. & monitoring 3
General education elective 3
Ag. machinery & tractors 3
Ag. chemical application technology 3
TOTAL 30
Critical Courses: BsET 414, 432, 434, 452
GRAND TOTAL 124

For More Information

Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
University of Tennessee
2506 E.J. Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531
Phone: (865) 974-7266, 974-7237
Email bess@utk.edu
Web http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/students

Note

The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.