Fisheries and Wildlife - B.S.F.R.

General Information

Degree & Major: Fisheries and Wildlife - B.S.F.R.
College Name: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Wendy Gaines
Student Services and Career Placement
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1-214
(706) 542-8964

Carol Catoe
Student Relations and Outreach Coordinator
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
214A Forest Resources Bldg. 1
(706) 542-0879
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: While focused on Fisheries and Wildlife, the coursework in this major provides a broad-based foundation in natural resource management. In addition to in-depth knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial animals, it furnishes an understanding of the of the relationships between the physical and biological elements in the environment, an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence fisheries and wildlife management, and the ability to forge realistic solutions for natural resource problems. The curriculum is field-oriented and offers opportunities to participate in internships and faculty research projects.

To complete this major, students must choose from one of three possible areas of emphasis:

The Wildlife Sciences area of emphasis trains students to manage and conserve wildlife species and their habitats. This curriculum meets the educational requirements for Certification by The Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.

The Aquatic Sciences area of emphasis provides a specialized understanding of aquatic environments and the animal populations within them. The curriculum meets the Professional Certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Sciences track was designed in cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine. It integrates wildlife ecology and management with the basic biological and physical sciences necessary for admission into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. It meets the educational requirements for Certification by The Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.

Career Opportunities: Fisheries and Wildlife graduates most often take employment in the public land management or regulatory agencies, wildlife or environmental consulting firms, private aquaculture ventures, or conservation organizations. Pre-Vet Wildlife Science students who also complete the DVM degree are uniquely qualified to work in professional positions that require the integration of veterinary medicine and wildlife management. There are three increasingly important areas in which students with this unique training can work: wildlife-human health issues, wildlife/domestic-animal/human health issues, and the ecology of wildlife diseases. Detailed descriptions of the diverse career opportunities in wildlife biology are available from the Student and Career Services Coordinator, Ami Flowers.

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
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: 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 and
Internships: An active internship program gives students opportunity to supplement their classroom studies with practical experience in natural resource management. Students 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. Fish and Wildlife Service, 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 4500), 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: Fisheries and Wildlife graduates frequently proceed to graduate school to complete advanced degrees in wildlife or fisheries biology. Others enter graduate programs in veterinary medicine, ecology, forestry, education, or law. Occasionally, Fisheries and Wildlife majors enter medical school or social science graduate programs. Visit for more information.