Regarded as one of the world’s foremost sites for the study of ecology, the Odum School places strong emphasis on providing outstanding academic advising to undergraduate students who elect to pursue a B.S. in Ecology. In a typical year, eighty or so students major in Ecology, a smaller number by UGA standards, conferring to the School a comparatively personal and collegial character.
Once a student chooses to major in Ecology, a professional and dedicated advisor within the School is available to the student throughout the completion of the university’s sixty-hour core academic requirement. Following this, the student is matched with a faculty member, while continuing to have access to the professional advisor, thus belonging to a mentoring ‘team’ for the duration of the student’s association with the School.
Within this framework, the Odum School intends for its students to experience ongoing, dynamic, and individualized mentoring while majoring in Ecology. Reflecting its informal atmosphere, the School believes that academic guidance ought to be accessible as much as possible on a ‘drop-in’ basis, with a mentor whom the student has been developing a professional and academic relationship.
Although the School encourages its undergraduates to take primary responsibility for their education, it strives to support and advocate for each student in an effort to optimize each student’s academic experience. As such, the School wants a student’s mentor to be the best ‘fit’ possible and will seek to achieve that end.
Also, the School highly values and promotes an education in ecology that extends beyond the classroom. In collaboration with a student’s mentor, opportunities for research, study abroad, or participation in an internship can be identified and made available to complement the academic experience.
Despite its reputation as a challenging and rigorous course of study, a major in Ecology conveys a sense of belonging within the family of the Odum School, a community which aims to create an unintimidating, stimulating and abidingly worthwhile experience for each of its students.
"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." - Rachel Carson