By studying this integrative discipline, you fulfill pre-med requirements while learning how diet and specific nutrients influence human physiology and disease. This knowledge builds a solid foundation for careers in medicine or a related health profession. You receive specialized instruction in the roles of nutrients in supporting functions of the body and all its parts, from the whole person to the organ systems and their constituent cells. In addition to Department of Foods and Nutrition courses, students are required to take Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Students may select major electives that fulfil prerequisites for various professional programs such as Physics, Genetics, Psychology and Kinesiology.
“I was selected as one of six students for the prestigious AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program, working on a project studying women in computer science and have spoken at several conferences to various journalism audiences. In addition I am co-writer of a book available on Amazon: Managing News @ The Digital Edge. I am the type of person that always has a long to-do list, which means I always have something to do!''
The growth in computer–related technologies has led to a need in industry for professionals who have a knowledge of basic electrical engineering concepts of circuits, electronics, and digital systems with a foundation in computer science.
''The point of engineering research is to improve our capacity to solve problems. As long as humanity has problems—and we currently have a great deal of them—engineers have the best job security and career outlook. My sub-field, computer engineering, is currently generating a fantastic amount of innovation. The smartphone in everyone’s pockets nowadays is just the tip of the iceberg.''
The certificate curriculum is interdisciplinary, emphasizing the use of computers to automate, monitor, and control various systems. Students communicate and function across the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science, developing (1) a fundamental understanding of computer science and engineering systems; (2) the background to use microelectronics, microprocessors, and software to solve problems in engineering systems; (3) the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue graduate work or employment in computer systems engineering; and (4) motivation to continue lifelong learning in engineering and computer science.
UGA has designed its Finance and International Business co-major to assist students in developing an in-depth understanding of the international finance and business arena. Students take courses in international finance, international business, legal transactions, strategic management, international marketing, and others. Students must also satisfy an international immersion requirement such as a study abroad program, internship, or additional foreign languages. (Refer to the Pre-Business major for information on applying.)
“Before returning to academia, I was at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where I was the acting chief economist involved in policy decisions related to securities regulation. Since coming to UGA in 1987, I have taught a broad spectrum of students at UGA, and at every level, it is enjoyable to get to know my students and to hear about their backgrounds and their hopes for the future. It is difficult to pick a favorite course of all time, but probably my current favorite is my class in which students manage an actual investment portfolio. The students analyze the market, make stock purchase and sale decisions, and report on their performance to a supervisory board of alumni and to the UGA Foundation. I also enjoy teaching Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) seminars, introducing students to the research process and encouraging them in their own independently designed projects. And, of course, I loved teaching in the UGA at Oxford program last summer.”
Ranked among the top programs in the United States by various financial planning sources, the Financial Planning major at UGA prepares its students for successful careers in the financial planning profession. Students study a variety of topics including credit and debt management, income tax planning, savings and investments, risk management and insurance, retirement planning, estate planning, financial counseling, and consumer decision making. All coursework meets the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of StandardsTM; upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the CFPTM Certification Examination.
“I enjoy teaching undergraduate core courses such as textiles and textile testing. I like the rigor of these courses, which are prerequisites for our fashion merchandising and furnishings and interiors majors. Additionally, product development is a favorite course. In this course, students work on a stage-gate system to develop a product by participating in various activities such as business plan development, concept generation and economics. This course challenges students to become productive by garnering entrepreneurial skills and going through a structured process.”
Food Science at UGA is an excellent major for students who like science and want to see practical applications of their knowledge. Students take courses across several disciplines including (1) Biology – to understand the natural processes of fresh plant and animal products as they lose freshness; (2) Chemistry – to determine the quality and quantity of vitamins, minerals, and proteins in our foods when we eat them; (3) Microbiology – to understand the causes of food poisoning; and (4) Math and (5) Engineering – to help develop ways to treat foods, calculate expiration dates, and prevent outbreaks. Food science students apply this knowledge in a series of practical courses that prepare them for careers in the food industry or governmental agencies, tailoring the major into either a Business or Science, Technology, & Engineering emphasis.
A Product Development and Design area of emphasis is available which specifically orients toward production and sourcing. For this emphasis students take courses in computer aided design, global sourcing, product development, apparel manufacturing, and choose from several study tours available in China, Ghana, London, or New York City.