2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Degrees and Program Index


Fisheries courses are offered at both the Fairbanks Campus and at the UAF Juneau Center, School of Fisheries and Ocean Science. Those offered only at Fairbanks are identified by the initial F following the course number. Courses offered only at Juneau are identified by the initial J following the course number. The frequency of offering is identified by location for those courses offered at both Fairbanks and Juneau.

FISH 101 3 Credits
Introduction to Fisheries
A survey of the values, habitats, biology, ecology and management of fishes with particular reference to Alaskan fisheries and issues. (3 + 0) Offered Fairbanks, Spring; Offered Juneau, Alternate Fall

FISH 261-F 3 Credits
Introduction to Seafood Science and Nutrition
Application of scientific and engineering principles in the harvesting, processing, preservation and marketing of Alaska’s rich fisheries resources. For sophomore-level natural sciences/environmental studies students. (Prerequisites: CHEM 105 or BIOL 105X or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

FISH 336-J 3 Credits
Introduction to Aquaculture
The contribution of Alaska’s aquaculture industries, salmon ocean ranching, shellfish mariculture and kelp mariculture to the world’s increasingly important aquaculture production. Survey of worldwide production, introduction to production systems and familiarization with Alaskan systems. Team taught by SFOS specialists and featuring invited lecturers, laboratory demonstrations and field trips. (Prerequisites: BIOL 106X. Next offered: 2004-05.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 381 3 Credits
Biology of Commercially Important Salmonid Fishes
Biology, life history and ecology of economically valuable salmonids. Management of salmonid fisheries. (Prerequisite: BIOL 106X.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 382 4 Credits
Biology of Commercially Important Marine Fishes
Review of the major marine fish resources of Alaska. Taxonomy, distribution, life history and ecological relationships of marine fishes, with emphasis on demersal fishes, early life history and the effects of fisheries on stocks. (Prerequisite: BIOL 106X.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 383 4 Credits
Biology of Commercially Important Invertebrates
Topics include the taxonomy, morphology, physiology and ecology of commercially important invertebrates. History of the management and fishery for the major species presented. Emphasis on Alaskan species. (Prerequisite: BIOL 106X.) (3 + 3) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 388 3 Credits
Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Alaska (n)
(Cross-listed with BIOL 388)
Biology of the marine and freshwater fishes of Alaska including their evolutionary relationships, biogeography, life-history, ecology, behavior and importance to people. (Prerequisites: BIOL 105X and 106X or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 400W 3 Credits
Fisheries Science
(Cross-listed with NRM 400W)
The subject of fishery science is reviewed to reflect the emerging concept of a study area integrated over a broad sweep of disciplines: oceanography, limnology, marine biology, fish population dynamics, aquaculture, economics, processing, product quality and development and marketing. Demonstrates how such different subjects have feedback loops to one another and stresses the science fundamentals involved. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; and one 200-level biology class. Co-requisite: STAT 200 [STAT 373-J].) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

FISH 401W,O/2 3 Credits
Fisheries Management
(Cross-listed with NRM 401W,O/2)
Principles, concepts and techniques of fisheries management in terms of their biological, economic, social and political aspects. Topics are stocking and introductions, habitat manipulation, sustainable yield, regulation, management organizations and their responsibilities. Examples of several fisheries are used to clarify concepts and practices. (Prerequisite: BIOL 271; COMM 131X or 141X; ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor. Next offered Juneau: 2005-06.) (3 + 0) Offered Fairbanks, Fall; Offered Juneau, Alternate Fall

FISH 418-J 4 Credits
Renewable Resource Management Systems
Develops abilities to recognize, process and apply critical information in the management of renewable resources by examples from Alaskan fisheries. The computer as a primary tool of resource management. (Prerequisite: STAT 200 [STAT 373-J]. STAT 401 recommended. Next offered: 2005-06.) (4 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall

FISH 420-J 3 Credits
Modeling, Simulation and Ecological Theory
Introduction to formal models (mathematical, graphical and simulation) in fisheries and ecology. Nature and uses of modeling approaches; choice of assumptions; simulation techniques and model verification; examples and case histories (Prerequisites: MATH 200X, BIOL 271 (BIOL 281-J.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 421-J 4 Credits
Fisheries Population Dynamics
Review and analysis of the major quantitative techniques available for assessing and predicting the status of fish populations. Demonstration and use of field and laboratory techniques and model verification; examples and case histories. (Prerequisite: STAT 200 [STAT 373-J]. FISH 418 recommended. Next offered: 2005-06.) (4 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 427W,O 4 Credits
Ichthyology (n)
(Cross-listed with BIOL 427W,O)
Major groups of fishes, emphasizing fishes of northwestern North America. Classification structure, evolution, general biology and importance to man. (Prerequisites: BIOL 317; COMM 131X or 141X; ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005-06.) (3 + 3) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 436-J 3 Credits
Salmon Culture
Biology and technology of artificial propagation of salmonids. Reproduction, embryology, growth, nutrition, genetics and pathology of salmonids in both extensive (sea ranching) and intensive rearing systems. Bioengineering of incubators, rearing containers, water diversion systems and other related topics. Laboratory exercises in measuring effects of environmental characteristics on development and growth of salmon. (Prerequisites: BIOL 222 [BIOL 209-J], CHEM 106X, FISH 381. Next offered: 2005-06.)

FISH 445-J 3 Credits
Sampling Methods in Fisheries
A review of standard and specialized sampling techniques in aquatic habitats. Basic sampling theory and statistical consideration, demonstrations, use of field laboratory techniques, shipboard sampling. (Prerequisite: STAT 200 [STAT 373-J]. Next offered: 2005-06.) (2 + 2) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 450 3 Credits
Practicum in Fisheries: Fisheries Observer Program
Receive practical experience as a fisheries biologist onboard an Alaska commercial fishing vessel doing independent work at sea as an agent for the National Marine Fisheries Service or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Simultaneous to credit, the student/observer would be under contract and receive reimbursement for deployment. (Prerequisites: STAT 200 or permission of instructor.) (0 + variable) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 460-K 3–6 Credits
Food Science and Technology Internship (n)
(Cross-listed with FSN 460-K)
A combination of traditional and industrial training opportunities. Assigned required readings and discussion of appropriate topics in food science and technology. Information applied during hands-on experience in a food processing plant. Discussion includes fundamental information and solutions to industrial problems. Faculty mentor assigned to each intern. Required written evaluation of internship. 30 hours in-plant work experience for 12–24 weeks. (Prerequisites: 16 credits in natural sciences, MATH 200X or MATH 272X or permission of instructor.) Course offered only in Kodiak. (1 + 0 + 3) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 601-F 3 Credits
Quantitative Fishery Science
(2 + 3) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 602 3 Credits
Advanced Fisheries Management
(2+3) Offered Fairbanks, Alternate Spring; Offered Juneau, Alternate Fall

FISH 612-J 4 Credits
Fish Conservation Biology
Conservation biology is an applied science that deals with maintaining and restoring threatened populations. Includes theoretical foundations of conservation biology and the practical lessons gained from studying historical conservation efforts. Emphasis on case studies. (3 + 2) Offered Alternate Fall

FISH 621-J 4 Credits
Advanced Fish Population Dynamics I
Estimation of abundance of fish and other aquatic populations, using mark-recapture, line-transect, catch-effort and change-in-ratio techniques. Population growth and mortality models. Theory of fishing and stock productivity. Computer lab work and homework with data from actual and simulated populations. (Prerequisites: MATH 201X, STAT 401, familiarity with PC’s including word processing and spreadsheets. Recommended: FISH 421, MATH 302, MATH 314.) (3 + 2) Offered Alternate Fall

FISH 622-J 4 Credits
Advanced Fish Population Dynamics II
Modeling of fish recruitment, individual growth and fecundity. Population models and assessment techniques for age- and length-structured populations. Biological reference points and management strategies derived from population and harvesting parameters. Computer lab work and homework with data from actual and simulated populations. (Prerequisite: FISH 621.) (3 + 2) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 625 4 Credits
Analysis of Vertebrate Population
(Cross-listed with WLF 625)
Contemporary methods of estimation of fundamental population parameters, abundance and survival with their implication for management. Focus will be on assumptions and methodology of estimation techniques. State-of-the-art computer applications will be employed in laboratory exercises of actual and simulated data. (Prerequisites: BIOL 271 and an advanced course in statistics.) (3 + 3) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 633-J 3 Credits
Pacific Salmon Life Histories
Life history patterns of species and stocks of Pacific salmon compared. Evolutionary models to explain the variety of patterns. Effects of human activities on species and stock; conservation of salmon resources. Discussion and analysis of readings from the literature. (Prerequisite: FISH 427.) (3 + 3) Offered Alternate Fall

FISH 650 3 Credits
Fish Ecology
(Cross-listed with BIOL 650)
The ecology of fish is examined from the community aspect. Current literature on inter- and intraspecific relationships, influence of the environment on community structure, behavior and production is emphasized. (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.) (2 + 3) Offered Fairbanks, Alternate Fall; Offered Juneau, As Demand Warrants

FISH 651-J 4 Credits
Fishery Genetics
Application of genetics to fisheries. Focus on Alaskan fisheries including introduction to the theory of electrophoresis, stock separation, population genetics and quantitative genetics. (4 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 653-J 3 Credits
Zooplankton Ecology
(Cross-listed with MSL 653-J)
Survey of marine zooplankton including processes and variables which influence their production and dynamics. Emphasis on the northeast Pacific ocean zooplankton community. Field and lab methods for sampling include fixing, preserving, subsampling, identifying and quantifying zooplankton collections. Laboratory techniques for culture of zooplankton include physiological measurements of bioenergetic parameters. (Prerequisites: invertebrate zoology course, MSL 610, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005-06.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 654-J 3 Credits
Benthic Ecology
(Cross-listed with MSL 654-J)
Ecology of marine benthos, from subtidal to hadal zone. Methods of collecting, sorting, narcotizing, preserving and analyzing bethnic assemblages, including video analytical techniques from submersibles and ROV’s. Hydrothermal vent and cold seep assemblages. Physiology/energetics of benthic organisms, including animal-sediment relationships, feeding, reproduction and growth. Depth, spatial and latitudinal distribution patterns. (Prerequisites: Invertebrate zoology course, marine biology course, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2004-05.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

FISH 661-F 3 Credits
Seafood Processing and Preservation
(Cross-listed with FSN 661-K)
(3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 662-F 3 Credits
Seafood Composition and Analysis
(Cross-listed with FSN 662-K)
(3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

FISH 666-J 3 Credits
Biological Assessment in Fisheries and Aquatic Environments
(3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring

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