Career opportunities for graduates include teaching at the secondary level, non-teaching academic positions, museum work, library work, editorial work, positions in the travel and tourist industry, and government positions in foreign service. The major also prepares students to enter graduate school in classics, comparative literature, linguistics, history, and other fields for university teaching positions. Other opportunities include careers in law, journalism, and business.
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.
The primary focus of the Pre-Health Advising Office is to advise students on the various graduate and professional programs available in the healthcare field, the admission pre-requisites for those programs, and the application and interview process. All students are invited to the Pre-Health orientation offered several times during the Fall and Spring semesters. The orientation addresses where course admission requirements can be found, specific requirements for several medical, dental, optometry and osteopathic schools, how specific courses are helpful, national application services, statistics on the most recent accepted applicant pools including national admission test scores, qualities of successful applicants, resources for volunteering and shadowing, and services of the Pre-Health Advising Office.
''I have worked on a variety of projects at the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA—from a Chamber of Commerce assessment in Americus, to youth education and leadership training of high school juniors and seniors. I began extensive work on helping create and facilitate Athens' first peer court, a training program for high school students to learn and practice law by serving as lawyers, judge, and jury for arrested youth. The program promotes restorative justice, accountability, and leadership in youth.''
As a student at the University of Georgia, it is important to understand that UGA does not have a pre-law major, per se. Therefore, you cannot declare pre-law as your major, nor can you graduate from UGA with a pre-law degree. However, as an incoming student, it is useful to inform your academic advisor that you intend to go to law school because this may help your advisor direct you to courses and events that may be beneficial to someone intending to go to law school. Regardless of the major that you choose, or the school or college that you eventually become a part of, you are encouraged to continue to seek advice and assistance available through the pre-law advisor.
Kent Barnett, an assistant professor in the School of Law, says the ideal student is not only professional and prepared but also curious, kind and “always ready to laugh.”
Graduates must earn passing scores on Georgia certification tests in secondary mathematics in order to be recommended for teacher certification in the state of Georgia. Other vocational opportunities include careers in actuarial sciences, computer modeling and applications, and optimization and control theory; academic positions in high schools and colleges; or further professional schooling in law, business, or medicine.
The Mathematics major can lead to applied careers in actuarial sciences, computer modeling and applications, and optimization and control theory; academic positions in high schools and colleges; or as a stepping stone to professional schools such as law, business, or medicine.
The mission of the Nutritional Sciences faculty is to develop students who will be competitive for admission into health professional schools or other advanced degree programs.
The Certificate in Legal Studies is designed to provide a foundation for the complex legal environment of business as well as allow those interested in pursuing law school a chance to gauge their interest in the field. Students who have taken LEGL 2700/LEGL2800H Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business and who maintain a GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply.
The goal of the certificate is to develop scholars who have a theoretical and practical understanding of engineering systems and the applications of the conservation of momentum, energy, and mass to engineering programs. Students take 18 hours of engineering classes, including core engineering courses in Engineering Statics, Electrical Circuits, and Fluid Mechanics. The remaining engineering courses come from the following specialization tracks: electrical/electronic systems, mechanical systems, structural systems, biomedical, biochemical, environmental, process operations, and natural resource management.
The degree provides valuable preparation for careers in corporate, governmental, and consulting positions within the United States and internationally. Students have found jobs as international marketing specialists, consultants, foreign exchange operations analysts, business managers, and project coordinators in public administration, international business, and financial analysis fields. Other students have chosen to pursue law school or complete an M.B.A.
“I teach contracts, consumer law and administrative law. I don’t have a favorite, but I like each for a different reason. Contracts is great because I teach first-year students. I have the privilege of introducing them to the legal profession, and I get to know them during their entire time at the law school. Consumer law is fun because students gain a much better understanding of the regulatory apparatuses that influence things that they encounter routinely—for instance, advertising, car sales, mortgages, door-to-door sales, payday lending, credit reports, telemarketing and email spam. And administrative law is deeply interesting because, at its core, it’s all about power—how government must act and who in government can act.”