Biological Science BSA/Poultry Science MS

The Double Dawgs Biological Sciences B.S.A./Poultry Science M.S. was generated for those students who have developed an interest in pursuing a career working with wild birds, domestic birds, and/or poultry, but also wish to have a B.S. degree in a broader field of biology. The program is tailored to give a student both concentrated coursework in avian biology and experience conducting an M.S.-level research project in a selected sub-field within avian biology or poultry science. Faculty who mentor students through this program work in a variety of areas, including avian nutrition, reproduction, poultry production, avian immunology, genetics, and physiological ecology. Research interests of specific faculty can be viewed at: Upon completion of this dual degree, students will have a variety of career options. The degree provides an excellent bridge into a veterinary program with a concentration in avian medicine. Students who find they love the research aspect can continue into the pharmaceutical and/or poultry lab industry, often at a higher pay scale compared to entry with only a B.S. degree. Alternatively, students may choose to pursue further graduate study towards a job as a head researcher in an academic or industry setting. Through our program, students will gain not only education and research experience, but also introductions to key contacts that are critical to getting jobs in the fields of avian biology and poultry science.

Admission to Program

Applications for the dual degree (Biological Sciences B.S.A./Poultry Science M.S.) will be due by June 1st of the student's 2nd year at UGA. Review of applications will occur in June and decisions will be made before the start of the next fall semester. Students will be required to submit an unofficial transcript, a curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and have GRE scores sent to UGA. Admission to the program is contingent on the student finding a mentor who is willing to serve as the student's major professor and guide and fund the student's M.S. degree research. If the major professor decides against mentoring the student after admission and the student does not acquire a new major professor within one semester, the student will be dismissed from the dual degree pathway.

Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a signed letter from a faculty member in the Department of Poultry Science agreeing to serve as major professor for the student. In addition, the student must have completed and passed CHEM 2212 and CHEM 2212L.

Faculty may not petition the admission of the student if that student does not meet the minimum requirements.


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

Four courses of graduate coursework will be used towards undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

POUL (BIOL) 4060/6060 (3) - Reproductive Endocrinology
POUL 4200/6200-4200L-6200L (4) - Avian Anatomy and Physiology
ANNU(ADSC)(POUL) 4370/6370 (3) - Monogastric Nutrition
POUL 4300/6300 (3) - Nutritional Immunology in Health and Production
POUL(FDST) 4860/6860-4860/6860L (3) - Poultry Processing
CBIO(MIBO)(IDIS) 4100/6100 (3) - Immunology
CBIO 4730/6730 (3) - Endocrinology

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

There are no specific additional courses that students must complete during this dual degree program on top of the courses already required for each separate degree program. However, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. If the student falls below these limits, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester. If the student does not bring up the GPA above the minimum requirements by the following semester, he/she will be dropped from the dual degree pathway. In the case that the student opts not to take POUL 4960 (undergraduate research) outlined in the sample plan of study, POUL 7000 (Master's Research) will be counted towards the University Experiential Learning Requirement.

Admission to Graduate Program

3.0 GPA and combined GRE score (verbal and quantitative) of 297.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Kristen Navara
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1369
  • Address: 203 Poultry Science Building

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Biological Science (also offered at Griffin and Tifton) B.S.A.
  • Department/College: Poultry Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Brian Fairchild
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-9133
  • Address: 317 Poultry Science Building

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Poultry Science M.S.
  • Department/College: Poultry Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Kristen Navara
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1469
  • Address: 203 Poultry Science Building