Female fishery science student conducts research on steelhead in the College of Natural Resources

B.S. Fishery Resources

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Support Healthy Fisheries

Professionals in this field work to support healthy fish resources for the benefit of the food supply, environment, recreation and more. Learn about the conservation and sustainable management of fish in fisheries, hatcheries and other aquatic ecosystems and gain the tools you need to address important environmental and political issues affecting fish populations.

Fast Facts

  • Nationally-recognized program delivering a one-of-a-kind education
  • Gain useful hands-on experience in our on-campus fish labs and aquaculture facilities
  • Learn from faculty at the forefront of fish health research
  • Internships available to study wild river systems, genetics, and feeding
  • Fisheries biologist
  • Fishery manager
  • Marine scientist
  • Environmental analyst
  • Fisheries research technician
  • Conservation officer
  • Wildlife technician
  • Remote sensing or GIS technician
  • Hatchery manager
  • Research manager or director of research for fish farms


Potential salaries are based
upon mid-career national averages.
Degree Roadmap


credits required to graduate

Credits include a requirement for approved work experience. Faculty and staff help students identify jobs that qualify.

Sample plan: Fishery Resources

Earn a minor in Fishery Science or Aquaculture.

Degree Prep

The most prepared Fishery Resources students have completed high-school courses such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Statistics

Thanks to the generous support of numerous individual and organizational donors and benefactors, students in the College of Natural Resources have access to 89 private, state, and continuing education funds.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.

Lab Fees


Average cost per semester
Through the course of the degree, students participate
in required labs and field trips. Actual cost per semester will vary by classes.
Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Get Involved
Get Involved
Hands-On Learning Gain unprecedented hands-on experience through our close association with U.S. Geological Survey's Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Aquaculture Research Institute.
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS)
  • CNR Living, Learning Community (College of Natural Resources residence hall)
Internships Internships are available to study wild river systems at Taylor Wilderness Research Station and fish genetics and feeding at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station.

Other internships and scholarships are all available to students through the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences.