UGA Specific Information for Ecology

Ecology, the study of organisms and their environment, is an interdisciplinary science. Ecologists work at the interface of basic science fields such as biology, geology, chemistry, and mathematics, and may draw more broadly on subjects such as economics, public policy, environmental law, anthropology, and geography. There is a growing need to understand how organisms and the environment interact and to examine the influence of humans on the earth and its biodiversity.

  • Ecology B.S.: This degree is designed to prepare undergraduates for advanced graduate studies in ecology or allied disciplines leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree. Students planning to finish their studies at the B.S. level should discuss this with an advisor as soon as possible to design an appropriate program of study.
  • Ecology B.A.: This degree is designed to bring together the natural and the social sciences, experiential learning, communication and group skills in the context of understanding the environment to solve problems. The B.A. program builds upon a strong core of Ecology courses that are shared with the B.S. degree and adds courses that allow students to consider human dimensions of ecological issues and become better equipped to synthesize and communicate challenges and solutions.

Broadly, this degree is designed to prepare undergraduates for career tracks in applied ecology. Many students completing this major will elect to enter graduate programs in Ecology or allied fields. Employment opportunities exist in sectors such as environmental law, science journalism, environmental consulting, and science or policy work in government or non-governmental organizations. 

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Ecology*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Ecology majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
AmeriCorps Environmental Conservation Corps Member
AmeriCorps AmeriCorps Assistant
Bird Conservatory of the Rockies Avian Field Technician
DS Smith Sustainability Analyst
Georgia Institute of Technology Communications Officer
Guidehouse Consultant
Gwinnett County School District Life Science Teacher
Harbin Clinic Medical Assistant
Lanier Guest Services Assistant Dining Room Manager
National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Program Assistant
Oklahoma State University Scientific Researcher
Pine Energy Bid Estimator
Reduction in Motion Sustainability Consultant
Savannah River Ecology Lab Temporary Research Technician
Schoodic Institute Field Ecology Technician
Six Flags Mechanic
Strauss Lab Researcher
The Smithsonian Remote Sensing / Spatial Ecology Associate
University of California, Davis Research Technician
* denotes no responses received.

*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/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 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.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Ecology majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Program and Degree Not Specified
Austin Peay State University Biology, MS
Clemson University Biological Sciences, MS
Duke University Environmental Engineering, PhD
Northeastern University Bioinformatics, MS
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Environmental Sciences, MS
University of Florida Interdisciplinary Ecology, PhD
University of Georgia Integrative Conservation and Sustainability, MS
University of Georgia Integrative Conservation and Sustainability, MS
University of Georgia Ecology, MS
University of Georgia Finance and Ecology, MS
University of North Georgia Additional Coursework
* denotes no responses received.