Discover the only living dinosaur—birds.
"Birds are such unique animals, not only in their beautiful diversity, but also in their quirky character. Birds are a perfect fit for me because they are so comfortable for me to work with, given their size."
Class of 2009
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As an Avian Biology major you will learn about the vital roles birds play in human society. Domesticated birds are popular pets across the globe. Meat and eggs produced by birds are the largest source of animal protein produced and eaten by humans. Other bird products such as feathers, oils and leather are highly valuable in the clothing, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or fertilizer industries. Scientific research with birds continues to yield critical information for advancements in human medicine, developmental biology and cognition. Wild birds provide service to humans as a focus of ecotourism and recreational hobbies, consumers of insect pests, pollinators of plants and indicators of environmental quality for virtually every ecosystem present in the world.
The Avian Biology major combines elements from the biological, ecological and agricultural sciences. It will allow you to pursue your interest in birds through the study of topics such as physiology, anatomy, reproduction, nutrition, behavior, production and management while preparing you for a job in the trillion dollar global bird industry or for admission to professional schools such as veterinary, medical, pharmacy and law.
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What Can I Study?
Visit the course plan below for a typical course sequence for an Avian Biology major. You will determine the right classes for your interests with the help of your advisor.
The UGA Bulletin has more information about required classes and available electives for the avian biology major.
Congressional Agricultural Fellowship, Cooperative Extension Internship, Emerging Scholars Internship, Georgia Farm Bureau Legislative Internship, Rural Caucus Legislative Internship, Winegrowers of Georgia Internship
Ag Hill Council, AGHON (Honorary), Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Alpha Zeta (Honorary), CAES Ambassadors (Honorary), Collegiate 4-H, Collegiate FFA, Collegiate FFA (Tifton campus), Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Poultry Science Club, Pre-Vet Club, Sigma Alpha Sorority, Student Government Association
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