Water and Soil Resources - B.S.F.R.

General Information

Degree & Major: Water and Soil Resources - B.S.F.R.
College Name: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Katelyn Kivett
Student Services and Career Placement
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1-214
(706) 542-8964

Lauren Hildreth
Student Relations and Outreach Coordinator
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1-207
(706) 542-0879
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The Water and Soil Resources major emphasizes assessment, conservation, and rehabilitation of the soil, water, and wetland components of the natural landscape. The core curriculum is broad-based, furnishing a comprehensive understanding of the physical and biological elements of the natural environment, an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence natural resources policy decisions, and the ability to analyze natural resources problems to forge realistic solutions. Through appropriate choice of electives, students can meet the educational requirements to become a Certified Soil Scientist (by the Soil Science Society of America) and/or prepare for the certified hydrologist exam offered by the American Institute of Hydrologists. Students may also pursue certificates in Water Resources or Environmental Ethics.

Career Opportunities: Graduates frequently take employment with environmental consulting firms, public regulatory agencies, and corporations that utilize natural resources or conservation organizations. Detailed descriptions of the diverse career opportunities in water and soil resources are available from the Student and Career Services Coordinator’s office.

Job Placement Service:
The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources employs a Student and Career Services Coordinator who arranges for on-campus job interviews, collects and disseminates employment announcements, assists students in resume preparation and job search strategies, and maintains a career information center. Please visit our Career Information website at http://www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/ugrad/jobsapp/php/overview.php
of Transfer Students:
Entry to the major requires admission to the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in addition to admission to the University of Georgia. Admission to the major is not granted until the 60 credit pre-Professional program is completed. Transfer students should contact the Student Relations and Outreach Coordinator at (706) 542-0879 for information on pre-Professional Program requirements and confirmation of transfer credit
Special Requirements: The Water and Soil Resources major requires 122 semester credits, 62 in the Professional Program and 60 in the pre-Professional Program.
Additional Fees: Tuition in the Professional Program is approximately 10% greater than for non-Professional programs.
Scholarships: In addition to the financial assistance offered through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, a number of scholarships and awards are available specifically for undergraduate students pursuing majors in Warnell. These awards total about $150,000 annually, and are made possible by donations from forest-related industries and organizations, alumni, and other interested individuals. Selection for these scholarships is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, and financial need. To be considered for most scholarships, students must turn in a resume and cover letter requesting consideration for an award to the Student Services and Career Coordinator by February 1st.
Study Abroad: The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources hosts study abroad programs in British Columbia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, Fiji, Belize, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Brazil and Finland. For additional programs and information, see http://warnell.uga.edu/undergrad/study-abroad.php and http://discoverabroad.uga.edu/.
Internships: An active internship program gives students opportunities to supplement their classroom studies with practical experience in the assessment, monitoring, and management of our natural resources. Student may work with private companies, landowners, conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies.

Cooperative Education: The school offers a Cooperative Education Program with federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Students may alternate semesters of off-campus work with semesters of on-campus study. Although we make every effort to facilitate cooperative education, the arrangement for such programs is usually left to student initiative.
Distance Learning: Courses will be added to the School’s distance learning catalog in the future.
Service Learning: The required capstone course, Senior Project (FANR 4500S), is often structured as a service learning project. Other service learning efforts can earn credit hours toward the major as Directed Readings, Projects in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 5900), or Foundations of Environmental Education (FANR 4444S).

Other Learning Opportunities: Freshman and Sophomore level courses: Natural Resources Conservation (FANR(MARS)1100), Introduction to Water Resources (CRSS(WASR)1020), International Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (FANR(GEOG)2200), Natural History of Georgia (FANR 1200), Professional Development for Natural Resources (FANR 3950).

Student Organizations: American Water Resources Association
Society of American Foresters/Forestry Club
UGA Fisheries Society
The Wildlife Society
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Xi Sigma Pi
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism Society
Society for Conservation Biology
UGA Herpetological Society
Warnell Graduate Student Association
Warnell Student Ambassadors

For more information on Warnell student organizations, please contact the Student Services and Career Coordinator (706-542-8964).
Available Graduate Programs: Water and Soil Resources majors frequently take employment with environmental consulting firms, public regulatory agencies, conservation organizations, and corporations that utilize natural resources. Visit www.warnell.uga.edu/grad/index.php for more information.