Mar 03, 2024
This major is administered by the Fisheries and Water Resources Discipline.
The fisheries and water resources bachelor of science degree prepares you for a career or graduate study in fishery science or management, aquatic biology, hydrology, hydrogeology (groundwater), laboratory analysis of water and environmental samples, aquatic toxicology, and the assessment and management of water resources. You must select one of three options: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Hydrology; orWater Resources.
The fisheries and aquatic sciences option prepares you for employment in consulting firms or state, tribal or federal resource management agencies where you would be involved in manipulating fishery resources through regulating human use, managing aquatic habitat, and stocking. With a BS degree in fisheries you will likely begin your professional employment as a limited term employee. An MS degree will greatly increase employment potential and job responsibilities in fisheries and aquatic sciences. If you complete the requirements for the fisheries and aquatic sciences option with a grade of C or better in all required courses, you will have completed the minimum course requirements for certification by the American Fisheries Society as a certified fisheries professional. For more information about certification see www.fisheries.org/afs/certification/shtml.
Consists of 99-106 credits.
Fisheries and aquatic sciences, 28 credits
Biological sciences, 20 credits
Physical sciences, 16-21 credits
Mathematics and statistics, 7-8 credits
Human dimensions, 9 credits
Water resources electives, 12 credits
Choose any water resources courses not already specified above. No more than 6 credits of WATR 381 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Professional Field Experience, 7-8 credits
Choose Option A or B:
A. Field techniques in Natural Resources, 7 credits
B. European summer program, 8 credits
The Field Techniques in Natural Resources satisfies the Experiential Learning GEP requirement. For more information, see the GEP section of the Catalog.
Communication in the Major