The Fisheries and Wildlife major at the University of Georgia is one of the premier programs in the country equipping students to become fishery and/or wildlife biologists. The curriculum is broad-based and field-oriented, incorporating courses in biology, ecology, botany, and forestry to provide an understanding and experience of the interrelationships among the physical and biological elements of the natural environment; an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence fish and wildlife management; and the ability to analyze natural resource and habitat problems to forge realistic solutions.
Students regularly participate in internships and faculty research projects and choose from one of three areas of emphasis:
* Wildlife Sciences – determining the biological and ecological conditions required for maintenance of healthy game and non-game species populations, how to tend these species, and manage their environments to meet wildlife conservation objectives.
* Aquatic Sciences – developing a broad understanding of the aquatic environment, functioning of individual animals and their populations, the role of users of aquatic resources, and conservation management.
* Wildlife Pre-Vet – fulfilling the requirements for entry into veterinary school with courses focused on animal behavior, wildlife physiology, nutrition, and disease.
Career opportunities include employment in public land management or regulatory agencies, wildlife or environmental consulting firms, conservation organizations, and private aquaculture ventures. Students who complete the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine are qualified to work in professional positions involving the integration of veterinary medicine and wildlife management, wildlife-human health issues, and wildlife disease.
Study Abroad Options: The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources hosts study abroad programs in British Columbia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, Fiji, Belize, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Brazil and Finland.
Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.
Chrissie Brady is earning two seemingly unrelated degrees — in wildlife and fisheries and mechanical engineering — but has her sights set on integrating robotics into environmental education and wildlife management as well as educating others about the environment.
"When I first came to UGA, I was an intended biology major, but upon learning about the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the wildlife and fisheries major program it offered, I quickly found my passion for wildlife and switched majors. If I had known about Warnell when making my decision of which university to attend, my choice would have been much simpler. It turns out I got incredibly lucky and fate brought me to the perfect school for me!"