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Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries

The Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries prepares students for careers as business and community leaders, policy-makers, seafood producers, managers and more.

A B.A. in Fisheries will provide you with the knowledge base, skill sets, and hands-on experience to be highly competitive in obtaining positions within the fishing and seafood processing industries in Alaska and elsewhere.

This degree program consists of 126 credits, and can be completed at either the Fairbanks or Juneau campuses at UAF.

B.A. graduates will be competitive for a wide variety of agency and organization positions, particularly within the state of Alaska. Graduates with this degree will be qualified to work for traditional fisheries governmental agencies in the areas of business administration, policy development, fisheries education and outreach, or as social scientists. In addition, this degree program will also prepare students for graduate school in these areas.

Alaska Native organizations will hire students with this degree in the same capacity, as well as from the standpoint of rural community development. Fishing organizations will hire students in the aforementioned areas, as well as in fisheries quota management. Private non-profit salmon hatchery corporations will be interested in hiring graduates to serve as hatchery managers and outreach specialists in their respective communities. The Alaska seafood processing industry, the largest private-sector employer in the state, will hire students with a B.A. in Fisheries with expertise in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational management, and other areas of business administration to help run their organizations.

The Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries will prepare students for these job opportunities by providing valuable, practical experience, individualized instruction and on-the-job training, application of classroom theories in the real world, and networking with people in the chosen career field. These attributes will prepare students for post-graduation employment and, consequently lead to a higher employability. Our students will be prepared for the specific requirements associated with the agencies and organizations listed above and be well qualified for similar jobs throughout North America through this unique program.

Fisheries undergraduate students take courses such as Introduction to Fisheries, The Oceans and Marine/Freshwater Fishes of Alaska. B.A. students will take additional courses such as Introduction to Fisheries Utilization, Community Development in the North, Business Ethics or Environmental Law.