Why Fishery Science?
You’ll be in demand! The bottom line is that with a fishery resources degree you’ll be highly attractive to employers.
Our program is firmly rooted in the hard sciences including biology and ecology. You’ll also study fish ecology and management, population dynamics and limnology. Our program is also extremely flexible which gives you the opportunity to take several complementary electives from other programs within the College of Natural Resources
. You can tailor your degree to your interest area and tune your skills to help meet your career goals.
For example, you can take courses from the wildlife science
program to learn about strategies wildlife biologists are using to re-introduce protected species. Or take courses from the forest resources
program to learn forest science or fire ecology concepts and learn how sustainable forests can influence healthy fish populations.
Through in-the-classroom learning, labs and field work you’ll:
- Develop a working knowledge of fundamental science-based biology and fish ecology concepts
- Learn principles and critical factors that influence decision making, including: individuals, the scientific community, managers, business decision makers, public policy leaders, stakeholders, shareholders and others
- Gain validated approaches for understanding current issues affecting fish populations, from state and federal mandates to aquaculture trends
- Learn proper scientific methodologies, including: how to generate research proposals, conduct research, gather and analyze data and tactics for writing and communicating results
- Understand factors and trends that can help groups plan for optimizing fish and human populations