Avian Biology

Available at: Athens

Students in the Avian Biology major will receive broad training in applied avian sciences and a strong grounding in the biological sciences paired with hands-on learning experiences to prepare them for careers in education, environmental protection, resource conservation, wildlife recovery programs, biomedical research, veterinary medicine or avian publishing and ecotourism.


View the required classes and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn an Avian Biology degree we recommend you:

  • Participate in FFA or 4-H poultry judging
  • Intern or volunteer at a bird sanctuary, zoological park or wildlife rehabilitation center
  • Take AP and/or Honors science courses

Hands-On Learning

  • Labs with live birds and specimens
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Undergraduate teaching opportunities
  • Internship opportunities
  • Participate in student clubs and organizations
  • Field studies in Costa Rica
  • Study abroad opportunities 

Learn more

Visit the department of Poultry Science.

Read poultry science student testimonials.

Prospective Student Contact

Current Student Contact

Devin Duggan Senior Advisor
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Avian Biology*

Avian Biology major outcomes for 2019: 21% employed full-time, 5% employed part-time, 63% attending graduate school

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The charts above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. Read more detailed Career Outcomes information for Avian Biology.


What jobs can I get with an Avian Biology degree?

Career Potential

  • Graduate and Professional School (Veterinary, Medical, Dental)
  • University Research
  • Agribusiness Research and Development (Pharma, Animal Health, Equipment, Genetics, etc.)
  • State and Federal Government (Regulatory, Research & Development, Tourism, Parks and Conservation)
  • Wildlife Organizations 
  • Animal Rehabilitation Centers
  • Wildlife Conservation Centers
  • Zoos

Median Entry-Level Salary



How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

CAES Scholarships


Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.