What should I study?

Posted: May 01, 2015 1:56 PM

Do you have a green thumb? Animal magnetism? Or, maybe you're the number crunching type? No matter what your skill, talents or interests, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has something for you!

Interested in finding your future outdoors?

Consider one of these majors:


Horticulturists apply scientific principles to the propagation, culture, and production of turfgrasses, ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Currently, two jobs are available for every trained horticulturist in the greater Atlanta area.

Turfgrass Management

In the state of Georgia, the turfgrass industry is valued at more than one billion dollars. Graduates of the turfgrass management program are qualified for lucrative careers in golf course, athletic field, park, school, commercial grounds management.

Want to be a teacher?

Consider one of these majors:

Agricultural Education

The agricultural education major prepares students for teaching positions in secondary school programs or for related professional jobs in agriculture. Graduates qualify for certification by the Georgia Department of Education as teachers of agriculture.

Concerned about environmental issues?

Consider one of these majors:

Agriscience & Environmental Systems

Students in agriscience and environmental systems work with University of Georgia scientists who are actively engaged in research related to the major. Students gain practical experience in course laboratories, research facilities, and in actual agribusiness settings. (exclusive to Tifton Campus)

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemists must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to express ideas effectively to a nonscientific audience. This globally expanding field is ideally suited to students who speak more than one language.

Environmental Resource Science

This major prepares students for careers in urban agriculture that require a strong foundation in both basic and applied sciences, an understanding of how the sciences interconnect, and practical work experience in urban environmental and agricultural arenas. (exclusive to Griffin Campus)

Water & Soil Resources

The need for environmental scientists is increasing rapidly both in Georgia and around the world, with a proportional increase in employment, promotional, and professional opportunities for academically qualified personnel.

Looking for a career in business?

Consider one of these majors:


Learn decision-making skills for agribusiness management, finance, marketing, sales, processing, manufacturing, transportation, and international trade. The agribusiness degree provided career flexibility for students planning to work in private industry or government.

Agricultural & Applied Economics

Agricultural economics applies economic principles to food and fiber production, natural resource management, community and regional economic development, environmental policy, and international trade.

Agricultural Communication

Today's economic environment requires skilled communicators who understand scientific agriculture. Chemical and machinery companies, agribusiness, advertising agencies, and agriculture associations seek employees trained in writing, advertising, broadcasting, and public relations.

Environmental Economics & Management

Environmental economics and management trains students in the wise, efficient, and productive management of natural and environmental resources. An advanced degree may lead to a career at a college, university, or private research company.

Food Industry, Marketing & Administration

Combine a business major with the science associated in the production of food products. Understanding food product development, safety and cultural needs allows for superior oversight and management of food companies that process, market, distribute, and sale consumable goods. This is a great avenue to combine business with science.

Want to experiment, research, and discover?

Consider one of these majors:

Applied Biotechnology

This interdisciplinary major brings together the study of animals, food science, forestry, entomology, and plants. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to use biotechnology for the improvement of plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Biological Science

Biological science is a perfect fit if you are interested in biology, chemistry, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, microbiology, and/or ecology. This major is particularly suited to those interested in entering medical or veterinary school.

Food Science

The food processing industry in the United States is valued at about one hundred billion dollars — approximately four times the value of the next largest manufacturing industry. College graduates trained in food science and technology are in constant demand.

Want to explore your animal side?

Consider one of these majors:

Animal Health

The animal health major prepares students to enter veterinary school with three years of pre-veterinary study. Requirements for the degree are met after successful completion of first year of study in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Animal Science

Animal science involves the selection, breeding, nutrition, growth, and management of livestock and horses. This major is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue the study of veterinary medicine.

Avian Biology

Avian biology is an intensive science program focused on the unique biology of birds. Graduates can apply their background and laboratory training in the domestic bird industry, in avian and biomedical research, or toward a graduate or professional degree.

Dairy Science

The modern dairy industry requires personnel trained in business, economics, and management as well as the traditional dairy science courses. This major is highly recommended for persons planning to enter a program of study in veterinary medicine.


Entomology graduates will find employment opportunities in industry, consulting, and public research, state and federal departments of agriculture, and the U.S. Public Health Service. A graduate will also be prepared to enter a program leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Poultry Science

Poultry science graduates enjoy excellent prospects for employment and career advancement in Georgia's largest agricultural industry. In-depth courses in biological and agricultural sciences are available for students moving on to graduate or professional school.

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