Environmental issues such as water resources and quality, economic globalization, population growth, climate change, urban sprawl, solid waste, food production and distribution, and environmental degradation must be addressed to develop a sustainable society; engineers solve the problems associated with these issues.
The Environmental Engineering major at UGA provides an engineering education in a liberal arts background, developing engineering, math, environmental, and technical science skills to maintain and enhance diverse ecological systems and analyze and design relevant solutions for environmental problems. Students integrate environmental and human health constraints while adhering to economic growth standards, sustainable development, and strong ethics.
The program is interdisciplinary and focused on the use of engineering principles in the marine environment rather than by the topic of study (e.g., physical oceanography, marine biology, chemical oceanography or marine geology). The program has two tracks: (1) Marine Instrumentation – emphasizes the design of operational and research instruments for use in the marine environment; and (2) Coastal and Near-shore Modeling - seeks to understand and predict coastal and near–shore processes that impact both natural and artificial coastal systems.
Students receive an education in engineering sciences, basic sciences, liberal arts, and engineering design that prepares them to integrate knowledge for developing new technological solutions for the increasingly complex built environment and infrastructure problems; pursue successful careers as practicing engineers; or enter a graduate program.
An education in communication studies offers powerful skill sets that go far beyond polishing one's presentation style. These include negotiating conflict, crafting effective arguments and persuasive messages, working constructively within groups, navigating cultural divides, creating effective publicity campaigns, building satisfying personal relationships, and recognizing the channels of communication available to resolve problems. Majors acquire an understanding of both theory and application in these areas, and become familiar with the methods of inquiry and research used by scholars in communication and rhetorical studies. Majors are required to take one introductory class in public speaking and another in interpersonal communication, followed by Empirical Research Methods (COMM 3700) and Rhetorical Criticism (COMM 3300), completing their programs of study with courses in such topics as Interracial Communication, Health Communication, Persuasion, Environmental Communication, Communication and Religion, and Women and U.S. Public Discourse.
A critical feature of modern economics is the growing number of companies that transact business through international channels. The Economics and International Business co-major at UGA provides opportunities for students to learn about these international business processes and economic institutions. Coursework topics include business environments, strategic management, international immersion, international finance, information technology, and foreign language. All students must satisfy an international immersion requirement such as a study abroad program, an internship in International Business, or additional foreign languages. (Refer to the Pre-Business major for information on applying.)
The major in Economics at UGA provides students with a wide range of courses and subjects of study including micro and macro theory, game theory, economics of education, analysis of law, organizational management, environmental economics, international trade, monetary economics, trade, labor, the public sector, and growth and development. The A.B. in Economics requires additional electives in liberal arts education in contrast to the B.B.A. which requires business elective courses. (Refer to the Pre-Business major for information on applying to the B.B.A.)
The major in Economics at the University of Georgia provides students with a wide range of courses and subjects of study including micro and macro theory, game theory, economics of education, analysis of law, organizational management, environmental economics, international trade, monetary economics, trade, labor, the public sector, and growth and development. The A.B. in Economics requires electives in liberal arts education in contrast to the B.B.A. which requires business elective courses.
The goal of the certificate is to develop scholars who have a theoretical and practical understanding of engineering systems and the applications of the conservation of momentum, energy, and mass to engineering programs. Students take 18 hours of engineering classes, including core engineering courses in Engineering Statics, Electrical Circuits, and Fluid Mechanics. The remaining engineering courses come from the following specialization tracks: electrical/electronic systems, mechanical systems, structural systems, biomedical, biochemical, environmental, process operations, and natural resource management.
The Ecology major is a great start to an exciting range of careers from conservation to environmental law to academia. Many students continue their education by enrolling in a graduate program, while others have gone on to the Peace Corps, non-profits, government agencies, and more. Having a background in ecology gives all graduates an advantage since environmental issues are at the forefront of society.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology provides a strong foundation in Ecology with an emphasis on the application of ecology to issues of societal importance such as conservation and climate change. Students pursuing this degree track will likely seek careers in environmental policy, conservation or similar fields. This is also an appropriate degree for students interested in environmental law or journalism.
The degree provides an excellent background for advanced studies in many other fields, including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, public health, epidemiology, ecology, and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. Career opportunities are available in the private sector (e.g. agricultural industries, production, chemical companies, urban pest control), public sector (e.g. quarantine facilities, federal research laboratories, state departments of agriculture, regulatory agencies, departments of health), and non-governmental organizations (e.g. museums and botanical gardens).