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Tennessee, University of

state university system based in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. It is a comprehensive, land-grant institution of higher education. In addition to the main campus there are branch campuses at Chattanooga and Martin, as well as a health science centre at Memphis. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The Graduate School at the main campus provides programs of study leading to the master's degree in about 75 fields and to the doctoral degree in some 45 fields. The university is home to dozens of research facilities, including the Energy, Environment, and Resources Center; the Center for Legume Research; the Center for the Study of War and Society; the Institute for Rare Isotope Measurements; and the Science Alliance, which is conducted in association with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma was established in 1964. The Memphis campus contains colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, and Graduate Health Sciences, and the School of Biomedical Engineering. Total enrollment is approximately 42,000.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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