Ecology AB/Natural Resources MNR (non-thesis)

Graduates with degrees in Ecology and Natural Resources will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities, including state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and municipalities, among many others. More information about career opportunities for Warnell graduates can be found at

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 Ecology A.B./M.N.R. Double Dawgs pathway, students must:

- 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 an appeal for admission to the associate dean for academic affairs if the GPA is below 3.0


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

Any 6000-level or higher ECOL, FANR, FISH, FORS, PRTM, WASR, or WILD courses approved by the academic advisor. A maximum of 12 credit hours may count in the graduate program of study. Examples of relevant courses include:

ECOL 6080 Principles of Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development I
ECOL 6130 Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Planning
ECOL 8710 Environmental Law Practicum
ECOL(FORS)(ANTH) 6140 Principles of Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development II
FANR 6800 Renewable Resources Policy
FISH 6200 Aquatic Biology
FISH 6300 Environmental Biology of Fishes
FORS 6210 Forest Health and Protection
PRTM 6400 Resource Management
PRTM 6700 Social Science Methods
PRTM 7410 Stewardship and Protection of Natural Resources
PRTM 7800S Environmental Interpretation
PRTM 7900 Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
WASR(FORS) 6000-6000L Forest Soil Management
WILD 6000 Wildlife Habitat Management
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 6700 Wildlife Techniques
WILD 6900 Wildlife Damage Management
WILD 7100 Wildlife Diseases
WILD 7330 Conservation of Wildlife in Agricultural Landscapes
WILD 7350 Wetland Management for Wildlife
WILD 7700 Applied Population Dynamics

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:


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

Program Advisor

  • Name: Rhett Jackson
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4284
  • Address: Warnell building 1, room 203

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Ecology A.B.
  • Department/College: Odum School of Ecology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Amanda Rugenski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-2968
  • Address: Ecology building, Rm. 103

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Misha Boyd
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-0800
  • Address: Ecology building, Rm. 18

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Kate deDufour
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1183
  • Address: Warnell 1-217

Additional Advising Contact