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. 

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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.

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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Fisheries and Wildlife Majors for the Class of 2017*

Auburn University | Clemson University | Emory University | Georgia Southern University | Louisiana State University | Mercer University | The University of Florida | The University of Georgia | The Virginia Institute of Marine Science


*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 2017 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.