The program features a clinical experience where majors spend a significant amount of time observing and engaging teachers in partner schools, ultimately planning, teaching, and assessing actual students. This practicum combines with university coursework where practice is rethought and refined through interaction with faculty, doctoral students, and cutting-edge research. All majors choose an area of teaching specialization in Economics, History, Geography, or Political Science.
Undergraduates frequently combine language study with other majors such as education, business, journalism, medicine, and the sciences, but proficiency in two foreign languages helps find employment in the public and private sectors or as a foundation for graduate school.
The curriculum has three components: prerequisite courses in calculus, statistics, computer programming, and cartography; core courses in geographic information science, aerial photography, and cartographic visualization; and electives courses that permit exploration of more advanced GIS themes including but not limited to transportation modeling, digital image analysis, geospatial analysis, GIS programming, or an internship.
The Geographic Information Science certificate at UGA is designed to prepare undergraduates with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Science.
Kamal Gandhi, Associate Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, says the best part of her job is watching her students grow as scientists and leaders.
Students achieve a basic knowledge of the history of art within the broader context of social, intellectual, and cultural history by taking survey courses; upper level art history; major elective courses within the humanities, sciences, and social sciences (excluding studio art and art history but including a foreign language through the fourth semester); and a second approved literature course in addition to the college requirement. The combination of these courses develops critical and rhetorical skills necessary for success in the field.
''I like being able to apply science to the everyday handling of food in practical terms. Food touches everyone’s life, and too many people probably consider themselves experts about food safety based on their own experiences. I like being able to teach people that there are scientific principles at play that can be learned and then generalized to other situations to help in their decision-making. I also like the relationship of food science to our current as well as historical foundations of agriculture in this country. The food industry is huge, and there is an ever-evolving body of data teaching us new things about our food supply and food processing possibilities.''
Food Science at UGA is an excellent major for students who like science and want to see practical applications of their knowledge. Students take courses across several disciplines including (1) Biology – to understand the natural processes of fresh plant and animal products as they lose freshness; (2) Chemistry – to determine the quality and quantity of vitamins, minerals, and proteins in our foods when we eat them; (3) Microbiology – to understand the causes of food poisoning; and (4) Math and (5) Engineering – to help develop ways to treat foods, calculate expiration dates, and prevent outbreaks. Food science students apply this knowledge in a series of practical courses that prepare them for careers in the food industry or governmental agencies, tailoring the major into either a Business or Science, Technology, & Engineering emphasis.
The Forestry major at UGA is regarded as one of the top five forestry programs in the country. It is the only 4-year degree program in Georgia accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and meets the educational requirements for the SAF Certified Forester credential. The curriculum provides a sound understanding of forest ecosystems, the different worldviews and utilization of the forest, and management tools and concepts applied in forest conservation. Students develop critical thinking skills through hands-on field experience, teamwork, problem analysis, and an active internship program. Within the major, students choose from several areas of emphasis: Forest Management, Forest Business, Forest Recreation, Forest Biology, Urban Forestry, Forest Policy, or Wood Products.
Food Science is the application of science, technology, and engineering to the study of food materials, ingredients, and their products; this knowledge is used by food scientists to make our foods safer, healthier, more tempting, and less likely to spoil.
Available at both the Athens and Griffin campus locations, students receive general economic and business training that combines courses in agricultural economics, agribusiness, and food science to build a broad knowledge base of the food industry and its many operations across the food processing, restaurant, and food retailing sectors. Available electives include courses in marketing, food chemistry, government regulation of food safety and quality, food packaging, hazard analysis control, and poultry processing.
Suraj Sharma, an associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gives students hands-on learning experiences through his product development course, which challenges students to enhance their entrepreneurial skills.