UGA Specific Information for Fisheries and Wildlife

The Fisheries and Wildlife major equips students to become fisheries and/or wildlife biologists. There are three areas of emphasis for this major. Students can choose an area of emphasis in: Fisheries, Wildlife, or Pre-Vet Wildlife (see descriptions in “Additional” section at the below). Courses in biology and ecology provide a basic understanding of fish and wildlife populations while courses in botany and forestry are required because of their importance in managing habitats. The course work is broad-based, furnishing an understanding of the interrelationships among the physical and biological elements of the natural environment, an appreciation of the social, political, and economics forces that influence fish and wildlife management, and the ability to analyze natural resource problems to forge realistic solutions. The Fisheries and Wildlife program is recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. 

Employers Hiring UGA Fisheries and Wildlife for the Class of 2016*

14 4H Center UGA | Auburn University | Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center | Georgia Department of Natural Resources | Marriott International, Inc. | Pet Supplies Plus | Sandbar Athens | Sarasota County Schools | Savannah-Whitemarsh & Tybee Animal Care | The Orianne Society | The University of Georgia | United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service | Waters Mill, Inc. | Zoo Atlanta

Job Titles of UGA Fisheries and Wildlife Majors for the Class of 2016*

Assistant | Bar Manager | Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) | Education Instructor | Environmental Educator | Farm to School Coordinator | Field Technician | Geographic Information Systems Technician | Groundskeeper/Maintenance Crew | Recreation Coordinator | Recreational Sports Utility Worker | Research Technician | Sales Associate | Seasonal Field Technician | Seasonal Naturalist | UGA Extenstion 4-H Environmental Educator | Veterinary Assistant

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Fisheries and Wildlife Majors for the Class of 2016*

The State University of New York | The University of Georgia

UGA Fisheries and Wildlife Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2016 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

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Wildlife Sciences Area of Emphasis

Students choosing the Wildlife area of emphasis will fulfill the educational requirements to become Certified Wildlife Biologists, as stipulated by The Wildlife Society. Wildlife Biologists determine the biological and ecological conditions required for maintenance of healthy populations of game and non-game species, tend these species, and manage their environments to meet wildlife conservation objectives. 

Aquatic Sciences Area of Emphasis

The Aquatic area of emphasis meets the Professional Certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society. This includes "...a broad understanding of the aquatic environment, the functioning of individual animals and their populations, the role of users of aquatic resources...", as well as "... competence in oral and written communication, an ability to work well with others, and an understanding of natural resource conservation in the context of other human activities." The curriculum is field oriented and offers opportunities to participate in faculty research projects and agency internships. Courses such as fisheries management, limnology, ichthyology, ecology, aquaculture, water quality, and fish physiology provide students with the information needed to appreciate, understand, and manage aquatic systems.

Pre-Vet Area of Emphasis

Students who select the Pre-Vet option will fulfill all requirements for entrance into Veterinary School. Students on this track often take courses in Animal Behavior, Wildlife Physiology and Nutrition, and Wildlife Disease, in addition to many of the organismal biology (Mammalogy, Herpetology, Ornithology Etc.) courses taken by all wildlife students.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree, check out our website for assistance with this process If you are considering applying to Veterinarian School, check out this article for specific tips


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