The fisheries and wildlife major equips students to become fisheries and/or wildlife biologists. The major has three areas of emphasis from which students can choose:
- Aquatic Sciences
- Pre-Vet Wildlife Sciences
- Wildlife Sciences
The Fisheries and Wildlife program is recognized as one of the premier programs in the country.
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.
- Pre-Professional Program Curriculum (UGA and non-USG students)
- Pre-Professional Program Curriculum (USG students)
- Professional Program Curriculum - Fisheries & Wildlife
Aquatic Sciences Area of Emphasis
The aquatic sciences area of emphasis meets the Professional Certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society. 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 Wildlife Sciences Area of Emphasis
Students who select the Pre-Vet option will fulfill all course requirements for entrance into UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine. 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 courses (herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, etc.) taken by all wildlife students.
Wildlife Sciences Area of Emphasis
Students choosing the wildlife sciences 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.