Athens, Ga. - This fall, the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will launch a new Bachelor of Arts degree in ecology.
Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the interface of ecology and society, the Bachelor of Arts will build on the strong foundation of the existing Bachelor of Science degree with a more interdisciplinary approach. The program will emphasize the development of problem-solving and communication skills through experiential learning focused on ecological principles and environmental issues in their social context.
John Gittleman, dean of the Odum School, said the Bachelor of Arts in ecology is an idea whose time has come, driven by demand from both students and employers.
"Our Bachelor of Science degree provides excellent preparation for those who want to pursue careers as scientists," he said. "Our students go on to highly competitive graduate programs and successful careers with nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies and consulting firms.