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Fishery Science
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

Our graduates are on a mission for conservation, sustainability, education and generating greater awareness of fish resources. 

Nearly 75 percent of the United States’ farm-fresh trout is cultivated along the Snake River.

Fishery Resources

Fishery Resources, B.S.
Our fishery science program gives you a solid science-based foundation for building a successful career as a fisheries professional. Your first and second year courses will give you a solid foundation in biology and ecology, and your third and forth year courses provide specific knowledge and skills in fish ecology and management, population dynamics and limnology. Senior-level required courses such as Limnology (FISH 418), Population Ecology (WLF 448) and General Genetics (GENE 314) will give you a clear framework for understanding and preserving aquatic ecosystems.

What You Learn
In addition to science-based courses, you’ll also gain working knowledge of effective management and problem solving skills with courses such as Principles of Economics (ECON 202) and Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMM 101). Our program graduates tell us that these types of analytical skills are a compulsory requirement in the workplace.
Review our fisheries’ course requirements for additional details.

Through the completion of our nationally-recognized program, you’ll have the ability to:
  • Conduct comprehensive analysis of data from fishery monitoring, fishery-independent resource surveys, and biological investigations
  • Manage, organize and communicate research findings
  • Communicate ideas, policies and initiatives to individuals with varying scientific backgrounds
  • Plan and prioritize activities to meet project objectives and deadlines
  • Budget equipment, resources and people to meet goals

Career Opportunities
While some students go on to pursue graduate degrees, there are also multiple opportunities available to professionals with a bachelor’s degree.
Graduates with a B.S. in Fishery Resources are highly sought after by federal and state agencies, private business, laboratories and natural resource nonprofit organizations. Industry-related career opportunities available can include:

  • 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 trout farms