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Undergraduate Academic Resources

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of 60 semester hours plus one hour of physical education. This meets the University Core Curriculum requirements.

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Advising Resources

Pre-professional students may make an advising appointment through the SAGE system.

Once you enter the professional program, you are assigned a faculty mentor based on your area of interest. Each fall or spring term, professional students must be cleared first through the staff advisor (Matt Head) in one of two ways:

Then, you must meet with your faculty mentor, who will help with selecting electives and provide career advice. Once you have been cleared first through your staff advisor and then through your faculty mentor, you will be cleared to register.

The ideal time for advisement in both the pre-professional and professional programs is between the third week of the semester and the midpoint. You must be advised for each term for which you intend to register.

 

Academic Appeals

Types of Appeals

  • Appeals on denial or deferral of admission to the Professional Program.
  • Appeals for readmission to the University or Professional Program following first dismissal for  poor academic performance.
  • Appeals for deviation from prescribed Professional and Pre-professional curricula.
  • Appeals for waivers of Warnell undergraduate courses.
  • Appeals of undergraduate course grades issued by Warnell faculty.
  • Charges of academic dishonesty in Warnell undergraduate courses.

How to proceed with an appeal

  • An appeal of course grades and charges of academic dishonesty should be taken directly to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • An appeal for the waiver of course prerequisites should be taken to the course instructor.  The instructor’s decision is final.  If the waiver is granted, the instructor must notify the undergraduate academic advisor in writing.
  • All other appeals should be submitted, in writing, by the student petitioning to the associate Dean for academic affairs. The petitioner should clearly state the nature of the appeal and provide justification for it. Letters appealing denial or deferral of admission to the professional program must be received within 30 days from the date on the letter informing applicants of their denial or deferral, if they are to receive the most favorable consideration.

The Appeals Committee

All appeals submitted to the associate dean for academic programs will be brought before an Appeals Committee. This committee will be composed of three faculty members who serve on the Undergraduate Affairs Committee. Appeals Committee members serve for two academic quarters, after which another three UAC faculty members will be chosen to serve. UAC faculty members who are not on the Appeals Committee may serve as alternates.

All cases require review by the three regular committee members or their alternates. Decisions will be based on a majority vote. The associate dean may ask the undergraduate degree program specialist or other parties to attend to provide background information.

The associate dean for academic affairs will call meetings of the Appeals Committee as needed, and assume responsibility for recording the proceedings. Petitioners need not appear before the Appeals Committee. However, petitioners may appear before the Appeals Committee if they so request.

In conformance with University Policy, a representation may accompany the petitioner; however, that representative may only support or advise the petitioner and may not be allowed to address the Appeals Committee. The associate dean of academic Ppograms will transmit the decision of the Appeals Committee in writing to the petitioner, with copies to the Dean, and undergraduate degree program specialist, and the petitioner’s academic advisor if applicable.

If an appeal is denied, the petitioner may once request reconsideration by the Appeals Committee. The request for reconsideration should be submitted in writing to the associate dean for academic programs. Letters requesting reconsideration should be addressed to the associate dean for academic programs and must include information not presented in the original appeal. The associate dean for academic programs will keep a record of each case considered. Case records will be maintained for five years following resolution of the appeal, after which they will be destroyed. Appeals denied by the Appeals Committee may be appealed to the dean of Warnell. A denial by the dean may be appealed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

How to appeal

Your appeal should be written in the form of a professional letter, addressed to Dr. Robert Bringolf, Warnell’s associate dean of academic affairs. Members of the Appeals Committee may not know you, so the professionalism, grammar, vocabulary, and clarity of your appeal will influence their decision.

Your appeal should include your specific request. For example, if you wanted to substitute one course for another, you would write “I would like to substitute PBIO 4650 (Plant Taxonomy, 4 hours) for FORS 3010 (Dendrology, 2 hours) & 3010L (Dendrology Lab, 1 hour) in my program of study.” Your request should be followed by an explanation of why you are making the appeal, as well as any facts that you think would support your appeal.

When submitted, your letter should be attached to an email to Dr. Bringolf’s assistant, Jenny Yearwood. Your appeal must include the details and supporting documents listed below. She will provide the appeals committee with a copy of your unofficial transcript.

Required information and supporting documents

  • UGA ID Number
  • Home Address
  • Syllabi for each course involved, if the appeal involves courses
  • If you are in the Professional Program, you should request a letter of support from your faculty mentor. If your mentor agrees, then they should send that letter to Ms. Yearwood via email or hard copy.

Deadlines

Appeals are considered as they are received, and generally a decision is available within two weeks after submission of an appeal. However, the appeals committee may occasionally take longer to come to a decision. Therefore, you should always make an appeal with ample time before you need the decision. Earlier is better. If your appeal is denied, you may need time to make a different appeal.

Final Exam Schedules

Please note that schedules are subject to change, and will be posted prior to the end of each semester.

Registrar's Office Final Exam Calendar

 

Student Laptop Minimum Requirements

Warnell does not recommend a specific brand or model of laptop. Please note, however, many of the software packages you will use while enrolled at Warnell are Windows only.  If you decide to purchase a Mac, you must use software virtualization (VMWare Fusion, Virtual Box, or Parallels) to install a copy of Windows inside iOS (a license for the Windows operating system can be obtained through the University at a deep discount). 

When purchasing your laptop, any modern "gaming" laptop is appropriate where a better CPU and more RAM will deliver a superior computing experience. Tablet-style devices or a Chromebook are not suitable for many of the intensive computing tasks you will be asked to perform.

In addition to a computer, you will probably need a small flash drive to transfer files and some form of backup storage (device or cloud).

Component Recommended Minimum Specification
Windows OS Windows 10 Pro or newer
Mac OS* OS X 10.13 or newer *
Processor i7, (7th, 8th gen., +), i9 or AMD Ryzen 5 or newer
Memory 32GB+
Video/Graphics card 256MB or higher
Hard drive 512GB SSD for operating system and programs, 2TB for data
Optical drive Not required
Networking Gigabit ethernet and wireless 802.11 (g, n, and/or ac)         
External ports At least one USB 3.0
Touch screen Not necessary

 

Internships

Internships provide students with practical experiences, and many employers seek interns through Warnell. Can you see yourself combing the beach for sea turtle nests, walking through the forest inventorying timber resources, or trekking through the wilderness with a group of campers? These are just a few examples of how Warnell students are spending their summers.

Course Credit

Depending on the nature of the internship, students will enroll in one of the following courses to receive credit for the experience:

  • Community Forestry and Arboriculture Internship (COFA 3900)
  • Fisheries Internship (FISH 3900)
  • Forestry Internship (FORS 3900)
  • Geospatial Information Science Internship (GISC 3900)
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Internship (PRTM 3900)
  • Water and Soil Internship (WASR 3900)
  • Wildlife Internship (WILD 3900)

Students must have their internship approved and receive permission to enroll in the course BEFORE starting their work experience. Internships will only be approved if they represent a professional natural resources experience appropriate to the area of study, and the student is supervised by and receives mentoring from a natural resources’ professional. Most internship courses occur during fall semester and are completed immediately after the summer internship.

Steps to Pursuing Internship Credit

  1. You must first obtain approval for your internship! To do so, please fill out the Internship Application Form. *NOTE: Unpaid internships with for-profit organizations are illegal and will not be approved. Unpaid internships for non-profit organizations cannot be taken for credit but might be acceptable for completion of the experiential learning requirement. When applying, please choose 0 credit hours when prompted for "Credit Hours Seeking."
  2. Once your application form is submitted, you will be contacted as to whether your internship was approved or not.
     
    • If your application IS approved, a Warnell staff member will contact you with a Memorandum of Understanding that MUST BE SIGNED by your employer and returned before your internship begins. 
    • If your application is NOT approved, you will be contacted to provide more information about your internship site.

All paperwork is due on the following dates…

  • Internship completed in fall semester: Aug. 1 (1 credit hour only)
  • Internship completed in spring semester: Jan. 1 (1 credit hour only)
  • Internship completed over summer: May 1 (1-3 credit hours) 

No internship is approved for course credit hours unless an internship application form is submitted, approved, and a MOU is on file.

 

Senior Project and Senior Thesis

To graduate from the professional program, all Warnell students are required to complete FANR 4500S (Senior Project) or FANR 4990R (Senior Thesis). Most students will take Senior Project, but a limited number may be permitted to enroll in Senior Thesis. Learn more:

Students intending to take senior thesis may complete research prior to completing thesis, or the research can be completed in the same term. Students can apply for undergraduate research credit using the Application for Research Credit. Students must take at least one hour of senior thesis. The remaining three hours, to reach the required four hours, may be completed using approved research credit or additional hours in senior thesis.

What is the difference between Senior Project and Senior Thesis?

  • Senior Thesis requires completion of a research project; Senior Project usually requires completion of a management project.
  • Senior Thesis is normally conducted individually; Senior Project is normally conducted in teams of two or three students.
  • Enrollment in Senior Thesis is by permission only; enrollment in Senior Project is open to all BSFR candidates.
  • Enrollment in Senior Thesis is intended for students with a strong commitment to pursue a research career.

Both Senior Project and Senior Thesis satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement.
 

Experiential Learning Requirement

All undergraduate students must satisfy UGA's experiential learning requirement to graduate. Fisheries & wildlife students should not confuse this requirement with the "professional experience" requirement under that major. That requirement is separate.

Warnell offers many courses that satisfy the experiential learning requirement:

Capstone Courses:

Internship Courses:

Study Abroad and Field Courses:

  • FANR 4271 (Field Studies in Natural Resources)
  • FORS 4250/6250 (International Forest Management, Brazil)
  • FORS 4760 (Agroforestry in the Caribbean, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • WILD 4575-4575L (Conservation Medicine, Costa Rica)
  • WILD 5200 (International Issues in Wildlife Conservation, South Africa and Botswana)

Service-Learning Courses:

  • FANR 4273S (Field Studies in Sustainable Development)
  • FANR 4444S (Foundations of Environmental Education)
  • FANR 4500S (Senior Project in Forestry and Natural Resources Management)

 

Tutorials & Training

Online Course Evaluations
  • Franklin College is hosting and administering the online evaluations for Warnell courses. If you have any trouble with the online evaluation, please contact Jenny Yearwood, yearwood@uga.edu or call 706-542-4284.
  • Evaluation Questions

  • Instructors and TA's

    • Log in at https://www.franklin.uga.edu/evaluation/instructors/ using your UGA MyID to see the list of classes you're teaching
    • Can see details of courses by clicking on Stats link
    • Can see who has/has not completed evaluation
    • Can get results of evaluations ONLY after grades are turned in
    • Instructor access limitations are to protect confidentiality
    • Instructors can not add to or edit available questions-this must be done as a faculty
    • All TAs assigned by Warnell will automatically get an evaluation. Volunteer TA's can also be evaluated, just let Morgan know.
    • You can Download the results by checking the box next to the Stats link and choosing either TSV or XML format links. Choose the TSV link if you want to open it in Excel.
  • Students

    • Log in at eval.franklin.uga.edu using your UGA MyID
    • Will see list of all class evaluations that are open and are using the Franklin system, regardless of school/college
    • When finish evaluation for one class, will be returned to the main menu where you can continue evaluations for all open courses
    • Evaluations for Warnell TAs are available through the same menu. It is possible that your TA is not in the online system - if this is the case, contact your instructor
  • Administrators

    • Collects course information for all Warnell instructors
    • Opens/closes evaluations
    • Enters and edits some of the course/instructor/student information
    • Collects data at end of evaluation period and backs it up
ArcGIS Training
  • Under our UGA ESRI site license, students have access to ESRI's Virtual Campus. Here, you can enroll in online ArcGIS courses that are self-instructed and self-paced. This is an excellent way to get up to speed with ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, etc). Here is a list of courses available to us.
  • If you see a class that you are interested in, send Geoff Garland (ggarland@cviog.itos.uga.edu) an email requesting an "ESRI Virtual Campus class login code". You should include the course title from the link above and inform him you are a student currently enrolled at Warnell. This is available to faculty and staff also.
  • Also, ESRI offers a 1-year timeout version of ArcView 9.2 to students for educational purposes. Unlike the software we get under the University of Georgia ESRI Site License, students can install this on their personal computer. For students who are interested in this program, get your professor to submit a request to ESRI.
  • If you have questions, contact Tripp Lowe at 706-542-1074 or lowe@uga.edu.
Accessing Folders On Warnell Server
  • All Faculty, Staff and Students are given access to folders on Warnell servers.
  • The simplest way to access these folders is to log in with your MYID and password on any machine that is joined to the UGA msmyid.uga.edu domain.
  • On a Windows machine these folders are automatically mapped to drive letters. 
  • If off campus, first go through the Remote Access VPN (https://eits.uga.edu/access_and_security/infosec/tools/vpn/)

Faculty

  • You may use either Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Google drive for your personal files and/or to share files. 
  • N: Class folders. This is a repository for materials you would like to automatically make available to your students. You should have full rights to this folder and all subfolders.

Staff

  • You may use either Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Google drive for your personal files and/or to share files. 

Students

  • You may use either Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Google drive for your personal files and/or to share files. 
  • N: Class folders. This is a repository for materials your professors make available for you. You should have read only rights to these materials.
  • O: Giff folders. This is data that is made available by our GIS/Spatial group for use in the Spatial Labs and courses. You should have read access to this folder and subfolders.

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