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Fish & Wildlife Sciences

You’ll 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!

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Aquaculture Research Institute

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of our programs most important areas of research. Learn more about research in both commercial and conservation aquaculture.

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Accessible Excellence

Our program currently has about 70 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. The manageable size of the fishery science program promotes a friendly, close-knit community of students, staff and faculty members. And because we’re situated within the nationally-recognized College of Natural Resources there are abundant learning and networking opportunities well within your reach.

Real-World Training
Our curriculum is designed to give you hands-on, real-world experience in the professional world of fish resources. Our work experience provides professional development experience which can include jobs with the Forest Service, state wildlife and fish agencies, a utility company, or non government organizations like the Nature Conservancy, private laboratories or fish farms for example.

In the past, our students have worked as biological technicians, monitoring or counting animal populations, collecting field samples for genetic analysis and more. We can can assist you in identifying these work-experience opportunities; it’s also important to ensure your work meets all necessary requirements prior to completion.

The Cooperative Education Office and Student Temporary Employment Office are also great resources to assist you in finding approved internships and summer jobs.