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Bachelor of Science in Fisheries

A Bachelor of Science in Fisheries prepares students for careers studying the biology and ecology of fishes, managing fish stocks, conducting research and more!

The B.S. in Fisheries will provide you with the knowledge base, skill sets, and hands-on experience to be highly competitive in obtaining positions within state, federal, and non-governmental fisheries and natural resources conservation and management agencies in Alaska and throughout North America. This degree program consists of 126 credits, and can be completed at either the Fairbanks or Juneau campuses at UAF. Undergraduates that have completed the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science degree program will be competitive for a wide variety of agency and organization positions, particularly within the state of Alaska.

Graduates with this degree will be particularly qualified to work for traditional state, provincial, federal, Alaska Native, and Native American fisheries agencies in the areas of marine and freshwater fisheries biology and management and fisheries social science. This degree program will also prepare students for graduate school in these areas. In addition, 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.

Students will also be eligible for fisheries and aquatic sciences biologist positions with non-profit organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy, the American Fisheries Society, and Trout Unlimited. Through the proposed Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science, we 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. Not only will our students be prepared for the specific requirements associated with the agencies and organizations listed above, but they would also be well qualified for similar jobs throughout North American through this unique program.

Fisheries undergraduate students take courses such as Introduction to Fisheries, The Oceans and Marine/Freshwater Fishes of Alaska. B.S. students will take additional courses such as Fisheries Techniques, Fish Ecology, Icthyology and Fisheries Management.