The program is interdisciplinary and focused on the use of engineering principles in the marine environment rather than by the topic of study (e.g., physical oceanography, marine biology, chemical oceanography or marine geology). The program has two tracks: (1) Marine Instrumentation – emphasizes the design of operational and research instruments for use in the marine environment; and (2) Coastal and Near-shore Modeling - seeks to understand and predict coastal and near–shore processes that impact both natural and artificial coastal systems.
Majors take a rigorous set of courses with emphasis on laboratory experience and hands-on independent research. The curriculum emphasizes broad chemical training with a selection of chemistry courses and supporting courses in other related disciplines including physical and biological sciences and mathematics, along with written and verbal communication skills. An active American Chemical Society Student Affiliates chapter (the Chem Club) provides a cultural and professional environment that enriches the academic experience.
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 Fisheries and Wildlife major at the University of Georgia is one of the premier programs in the country equipping students to become fishery and/or wildlife biologists. The curriculum is broad-based and field-oriented, incorporating courses in biology, ecology, botany, and forestry to provide an understanding and experience of the interrelationships among the physical and biological elements of the natural environment; an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence fish and wildlife management; and the ability to analyze natural resource and habitat problems to forge realistic solutions.
A forum for discussion of social and scientific responsibilities toward the environment in a rational and interdisciplinary manner, the certificate is awarded to undergraduate students who successfully complete at least 18 hours of undergraduate course work, including at least 7 credit hours in core courses (one 3 or 4–hour course in Ecology, one 3–hour course in Ethics, and one 1–hour course in Environmental Ethics), 7 or 8 hours in approved elective courses, and 3 hours for an approved research paper in Environmental Ethics.
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 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.
This is a laboratory-based course that follows the curriculum similar to that of a first year college level biology course. Topics include ecology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant biology, evolution, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. This course is for students who wish to get biology college level credit by taking the AP exam in the spring. College level credit is often granted to students who pass the AP exam and these students are able to register for courses where biology is a prerequisite.
Majors take a rigorous set of courses with emphasis on laboratory experience and hands-on independent research. The curriculum emphasizes broad chemical training with a selection of chemistry and supporting courses in other related disciplines including physical and biological sciences and mathematics, along with written and verbal communication skills; these provide undergraduates with the skills they need to enter the job market or continue with graduate training. An active American Chemical Society Student Affiliates chapter (the Chem Club) provides a cultural and professional environment that enriches the academic experience.
The objective of the major is to provide students with multidisciplinary training in applied biotechnology, give them a focus area for application of skills and knowledge, provide them with appropriate communication skills, and provide scientific and business communities with highly skilled individuals for employment. Students should possess a strong interest in the sciences (including chemistry, biotechnology, and microbiology), and will be able to obtain the hands-on experience needed in the discipline through work on campus and internships with biotechnology-related companies. Students choose an area of emphasis that will allow them to study the use of biotechnology in the improvement of plants, animals, or food science.
Today, roughly 75% of the U.S. population lives and works in urban/suburban communities. As this change in demographics continues to accelerate, it places increased pressure on the ecological resources of these spaces. Georgia is undergoing these same demographic changes, but at a greater rate than the rest of the nation. In response to this demographic shift, the Community Forestry Certificate was developed to address community tree health care critical to the quality of life, safety, and health of Georgia citizens.
Coursework covers food preparation and ingredients, the food industry, consumer choices, food theory, sanitation and safety, quantity food production, foodservice management and purchasing, food equipment, kitchen planning, cultural aspects of food and nutrition, food communication, and nutrition. Students apply knowledge about the chemical, physical, and microbiological characteristics of food to the selection, preparation, home processing, storage, and serving of safe food to the consumer.