The Avian Biology major at the University of Georgia provides broad training in practical applied science with strong grounding in general biology and chemistry to demonstrate the vital roles that birds play in human society. Students will have excellent opportunities to learn the basic principles of biology associated with reproduction, behavior, physiology, nutrition, diseases, and genetics as they relate to avian species. Courses in areas such as education, environmental protection, resource conservation, wildlife rehabilitation, and biomedical research are available and will prepare the student for employment in the trillion dollar global bird industry or admission to professional programs in veterinary medicine, pharmacy, medicine, law, and the biological sciences.
The goal of the Biological Engineering program at the University of Georgia is to (1) provide a fundamental understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering in line with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and (2) develop technical skills and learning experiences so that students can apply this understanding to design devices and processes related to biosystems and biotechnology.
The Advertising major within the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is designed to train students as analysts, creative thinkers, and planners in advertising and related fields for the 21st century. Specialized courses in social media, message strategy, global/multicultural ads, and digital and graphic communication are available, with over 70% of faculty bringing professional experience to their teaching and research.
"I changed the course of my life by leaving my microbiology and pre-med intentions behind, but I believe that my current major more closely approximates the person I was created to be. The one UGA experience I will always remember is getting to hear Congressman John Lewis speak for the first time at the annual Freedom Breakfast event my freshman year. I spoke with him more informally during my summer Washington, D.C. internship. He is one of my heroes because of his genuine desire to ensure that every human being living in the U.S. has access to the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness promised by the Declaration of Independence. He fought for human rights alongside Dr. King, and he continues to do so today."
Agriscience and Environmental Systems students learn about biology, application of new technologies for production systems and value-added commodities, water quality, resource management, marketing, and business management.
Erin Lipp, a professor of environmental health science in the College of Public Health, encourages her students to think critically about science and how it affects the world in which they live.
"I am an environmental microbiologist but my area of focus is really water, which means that my work crosses into many different fields (ecology, hydrology, geology, oceanography, health and even policy). Microbiology really does touch everything, and it is exciting to work in areas that really impact our world—from public health to climate change. I also love that I am able to work in the field and at the bench."
The Environmental Health Science major at UGA is nationally accredited and the only undergraduate environmental health program in the state of Georgia. The curriculum incorporates multiple fields of study such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, and microbiology. Applied environmental health science courses in such areas as air, water, and noise pollution; solid and hazardous waste management; environmental toxicology; industrial hygiene; food microbiology; epidemiology; and public health law are available. Students have considerable freedom in choosing courses of interest to develop a specialty area in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Protection, or Public Health.
The Fashion Merchandising major at UGA is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of merchandising related to the apparel and textile industries. The curriculum emphasizes the skills and competencies needed for careers in fashion promotion, retailing, merchandising, and management. Course topics include but are not limited to retail planning and buying, global retailing, history of dress and fashion, apparel line development, visual merchandising, and trend analysis.
The curriculum addresses critical environmental issues from a business and scientific perspective. Students are trained to understand and appreciate the non-economic aspects of resource and environmental problems, including social, ecological, physical, and legal considerations, all while serving as members of interdisciplinary teams involved in resource and environmental management, planning, and analysis.
The department works closely with potential employers. Interns have been placed at Frisch Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Target, Accenture, Wells Fargo, Nissan, Boing, and others. More than 80% of graduates secure employment within three months of graduation in such areas as major corporations, small business firms, brokerage firms, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, accounting and consulting firms, and government agencies.
Financial planning is ranked among the nation’s fastest growing careers. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills to help clients with different goals, values, and backgrounds as financial planners, financial counselors, and financial firm managers and owners. Other opportunities include working for retirement planning firms, consumer credit counseling services, banks, insurance companies, human resources departments, and the government. Students are also prepared for further graduate study.
Majors take a wide variety of courses; participate in the verbal worlds of other times and places; draw on a full range of linguistic tools, historical knowledge, and interpretive experience; and enhance appreciation for expressive possibility through a sophisticated and practical grasp of the central role that language plays in the preservation of human institutions. Faculty bring their own research into effective practice making for a dynamic experience. A portfolio reflects and synthesizes all coursework and student teaching.