Fisheries and Wildlife BSFR(Wildlife Sciences)/Forest Resources MFR(non-thesis)

Graduates with degrees in Wildlife Sciences and Forestry will be prepared for careers in forest industry, consulting, non-governmental organizations, and government management/regulatory agencies. The proposed degree meets the criteria for Society of American Foresters (SAF) accreditation under the ‘Non-forestry undergraduate to general forestry emphasis’ path (Path 2) described in Warnell’s 2015 SAF Accreditation Self-Study. Graduates will meet the educational requirements necessary for certification as a Certified Forester and Certified Wildlife Biologist, and will be eligible to obtain state forester licensure. More information about career opportunities for Warnell graduates can be found at https://www.warnell.uga.edu/undergraduate/careers-and-jobs-overview.

Admission to Program

Students may apply for preliminary acceptance to the Double Dawgs program in the second semester of their third year. If accepted preliminarily, students will be allowed to register for graduate-level courses starting the next semester, contingent upon final acceptance. Determination of final acceptance will be made after the second semester grades are available. To be eligible for the Warnell Double Dawgs pathway, students must:
- Be admitted to the Warnell Professional Program
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the end of the third year*
- Submit a statement of career objectives
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a UGA faculty member

*Students may submit a formal appeal for admission to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if the GPA is below 3.0

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

FANR 6800 Renewable Resources Policy
FISH 6200 Aquatic Biology
FISH 6300 Environmental Biology of Fishes
FORS 6010 Silviculture
FORS 6210 Forest Health and Protection
FORS 6530 Wood Properties and Utilization
FORS 6610 Forest Mensuration
FORS 6640 Forest Inventory
FORS 6650 Forestry Field Camp
FORS 6620 Timber Management
FANR 6810 Natural Resources Law
FORS 7720 Forest Harvesting and Roads
FORS 6700 Forest Economics
FORS 6710 Forest Planning
FANR 6800 Renewable Resources Policy
FORS 7010 Urban Tree Management
FORS 7610 Prescribed Fire in the Forest Ecosystem
FORS 7650 Aerial Photogrammetry in Forestry
FORS 7750 Procurement and Management of Fiber Supply
FORS 7070 Forest Resource Consulting and Real Estate Practice
FORS 7630 Intensive Forest Management
WASR 6000 Forest Soil Management
WILD 6000 Wildlife Habitat Management
WILD 6100 Wildlife Diseases
WILD 6040 Herpetology
WILD 6050 Mammalogy
WILD 6060 Ornithology
WILD 6400 Wildlife Physiology and Nutrition
WILD 6520 Conservation Decision Making
WILD 6600 Field Methods in Wildlife
WILD 6650 Field and Molecular Techniques
WILD 6900 Wildlife Damage Management
WILD 7330 Conservation of Wildlife in Agricultural Landscapes
WILD 7350 Wetland Management for Wildlife
WILD 7700 Applied Population Dynamics

A maximum of 12 credit hours may count in the graduate program of study.

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

1. The following courses must be taken for graduate credit: (required for Society of American Foresters program accreditation)
FORS 6010 Silviculture
FORS 6610 Forest Mensuration
FORS 6620 Timber Management
FORS 7720 Forest Harvesting and Roads

2. Students are required to complete an internship (FORS 3900 or WILD 3900) prior to completing the graduate degree.

Admission to Graduate Program

Students must apply and be admitted to the UGA graduate school. A Warnell faculty member must agree to serve as the major professor. Requirements include:
- Graduate School Application
- Graduate Study Objectives Form
- Resume
- Statement of Career Goals
- Official GRE scores
- Transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation

Additional information about applying to the graduate program is available at https://www.warnell.uga.edu/graduate/future-students/application-process

Program Advisor

  • Name: Robert Bringolf
  • Email: bringo@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4284
  • Address: Warnell building 1, room 203

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Fisheries and Wildlife B.S.F.R.
  • Department/College: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Advising Contact

  • Name: Matt Head
  • Email: matthead@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-1133
  • Address: 180 E. Green Street

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Forest Resources M.F.R.
  • Department/College: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Advising Contact

  • Name: Kate Dedufour
  • Email: dedufour@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-1183
  • Address: 180 E. Green Street