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Aquatic Sciences

About this Degree

Aquatic Sciences

This area of emphasis of Warnell's Fisheries and Wildlife program will get your feet wet—literally! Sample for fish on UGA's Lake Herrick or local rivers, take part in faculty research projects and find opportunities for internships with agencies and other aquatic specialists.

This program is part of the Fisheries and Wildlife degree.

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What you will learn

In this area of emphasis, students take courses in fisheries management, limnology, ichthyology, ecology, aquaculture, water quality, and fish physiology. Classes give students a solid footing to understand and manage aquatic systems.

Because fisheries and wildlife management involves humans interacting with our natural resources, we also require that our students have an understanding of economic and natural resources policies and laws. We also feel it’s essential for our students to receive training in spatial and population modeling, verbal and written communication, and decision-making in order to become successful fisheries and wildlife biologists.

Other Programs Offered:

Students pursuing the aquatic sciences area of emphasis in the fisheries and wildlife major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside the fisheries and wildlife major. 

Possible Job Titles:

Fisheries biologist for state or federal agencies

Habitat or species specialist for nonprofits



Conservation officer


Graduates of this program go on to work for a variety of organizations, both public and private.

General Research Information:

The curriculum is field oriented and offers opportunities to participate in faculty research projects and agency internships. 


This area of emphasis meets the professional certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society.

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