The Microbiology major at UGA-Athens and UGA-Griffin campuses broadly trains students in biological, chemical, and physical sciences for a career studying microscopic organisms. Courses include general microbiology, pathogenic microbiology, medical mycology, microbial genetics, industrial microbiology, host-microbe interactions, and others. A guided laboratory experience supplements student learning.
''Research has been a cornerstone of my life at UGA. As a sophomore, I worked in Janet Westpheling’s lab on prokaryotic genetic engineering. I then conducted research in Munich, Germany, designing promoters that exhibited transcriptional selectivity and high expression in metastatic melanoma cells. In my junior year, I transitioned into a eukaryotic genetic engineering lab. Currently, we are working on deciphering the gating mechanism of the cell cycle on Sonic Hedgehog signaling and determining its possible clinical applications...''
The goal of the Biological Engineering program at the University of Georgia is to (1) provide a fundamental understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering in line with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and (2) develop technical skills and learning experiences so that students can apply this understanding to design devices and processes related to biosystems and biotechnology.
''I came to UGA to do research, help develop the biological engineering curriculum, and teach biological engineering courses. For the work I do with undergraduates, I am most pleased with its 'two-way street' nature: providing real-world solutions to problems of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid and enhancing their earnings in a sustainable way. This approach—involving the development and deployment of simple technologies that are profitable for all those involved in the distribution chain—has been referred to as social entrepreneurship.''
The Avian Biology major at the University of Georgia provides broad training in practical applied science with strong grounding in general biology and chemistry to demonstrate the vital roles that birds play in human society. Students will have excellent opportunities to learn the basic principles of biology associated with reproduction, behavior, physiology, nutrition, diseases, and genetics as they relate to avian species. Courses in areas such as education, environmental protection, resource conservation, wildlife rehabilitation, and biomedical research are available and will prepare the student for employment in the trillion dollar global bird industry or admission to professional programs in veterinary medicine, pharmacy, medicine, law, and the biological sciences.
Coursework covers food preparation and ingredients, the food industry, consumer choices, food theory, sanitation and safety, quantity food production, foodservice management and purchasing, food equipment, kitchen planning, cultural aspects of food and nutrition, food communication, and nutrition. Students apply knowledge about the chemical, physical, and microbiological characteristics of food to the selection, preparation, home processing, storage, and serving of safe food to the consumer.
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.
In this laboratory-based course, students will have the opportunity to better understand their relationship with other living things. Students will explore the fundamental characteristics of living matter and the unifying principles of life. Students will study and learn about the diversity of all living things, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, ecology and environmental issues and evolution. This course is designed to meet Oregon State Science Standards.
Majors take a rigorous set of courses with emphasis on laboratory experience and hands-on independent research. The curriculum emphasizes broad chemical training with a selection of chemistry courses and supporting courses in other related disciplines including physical and biological sciences and mathematics, along with written and verbal communication skills. An active American Chemical Society Student Affiliates chapter (the Chem Club) provides a cultural and professional environment that enriches the academic experience.
This is a laboratory-based course that follows the curriculum similar to that of a first year college level biology course. Topics include ecology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant biology, evolution, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. This course is for students who wish to get biology college level credit by taking the AP exam in the spring. College level credit is often granted to students who pass the AP exam and these students are able to register for courses where biology is a prerequisite.
Majors take a rigorous set of courses with emphasis on laboratory experience and hands-on independent research. The curriculum emphasizes broad chemical training with a selection of chemistry and supporting courses in other related disciplines including physical and biological sciences and mathematics, along with written and verbal communication skills; these provide undergraduates with the skills they need to enter the job market or continue with graduate training. An active American Chemical Society Student Affiliates chapter (the Chem Club) provides a cultural and professional environment that enriches the academic experience.
In this laboratory-based class, students will explore the field of biotechnology research. Students will learn advanced cell biology and genetics. Students will learn about the development of the field of biotechnology by doing techniques ranging from gel electrophoresis, sequencing, and gene amplification/PCR. We will explore current advances in the field and discuss relevant bioethical issues.