2004-2005 UAF Catalog  


School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Fisheries Program
(907) 474-7289

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits

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The fisheries undergraduate program offers broad basic education and training, preparing graduates to work in management, law enforcement, public information and education. The program provides a solid foundation for graduate study for students contemplating careers in research, administration, advanced management or teaching. The undergraduate program is offered only on the UAF main campus.

Graduate students in fisheries attend classes and work with faculty in Juneau and/or Fairbanks. Students can develop academic programs in one of three subject areas: fisheries management (Juneau and Fairbanks), fish/invertebrate biology (Juneau and Fairbanks), and aquaculture (Juneau). Research assistantships are available. Applicants should contact the fisheries program for further information and application forms.

With a number of subarctic streams and lakes within easy reach, Fairbanks offers an excellent location for the study of interior Alaska aquatic habitats. Access to the marine environment from the Fairbanks campus is in Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet.

The Juneau Center, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, houses the UAF fisheries science program near the Auke Bay National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratory north of Juneau. The Juneau Center has freshwater and seawater wet labs, computer labs and ready access to marine and freshwater habitats. The Fishery Industrial Technology Center, located in Kodiak, has new facilities for work in harvest technology, seafood technology, seafood biochemistry and microbiology.

Fisheries students in Fairbanks and Juneau have an opportunity to associate with personnel of federal and state conservation agencies and these agencies hire students for summer fieldwork. Bachelor of science candidates are strongly urged to obtain work experience in fisheries with public resource agencies or private firms. Faculty members can help students contact potential employers. Fisheries undergraduate students are asked each fall to describe their work experience of the previous year.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete MATH 200X or 272X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete MATH 201X or STAT 401.)
  3. Complete the following fisheries core requirements:*

    BIOL 105X—Fundamentals of Biology I** 4 credits

    BIOL 106X—Fundamentals of Biology II** 4 credits

    BIOL 271—Principles of Ecology 4 credits

    BIOL 310—Animal Physiology 4 credits

    BIOL 362—Principles of Genetics 4 credits

    BIOL 473W—Limnology (4)
    or MSL 411—Current Topics in Oceanographic Research (3) 3-4 credits

    CHEM 105X—General Chemistry** 4 credits

    CHEM 106X—General Chemistry** 4 credits

    CS or CIOS elective 3 credits

    ECON 200—Principles of Economics (4)
    or ECON 235—Introduction to Natural Resource Economics (3)
    or ECON 201—Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
    and ECON 202—Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics (3) 3-6 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing (3)
    or ENGL 414W—Research Writing (3) 3 credits

    FISH 336-J—Introduction to Aquaculture (3)

    FISH 400W—Fisheries Science 3 credits

    FISH 401W,O/2—Fisheries Management 3 credits

    FISH 427W,O—Ichthyology (4)
    or BIOL 305—Invertebrate Zoology (5) 4-5 credits

    MSL 111X—The Oceans** 4 credits

    NRM 101—Natural Resources Conservation and Policy 3 credits

    PHYS 103X—College Physics** 4 credits

    PHYS 104X—College Physics** 4 credits

    STAT 200—Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
    or STAT 300—Statistics (3) 3 credits
  4. Complete electives* from the following:****

    ANTH 242—Native Cultures of Alaska 3 credits

    BA 307—Personnel Management 3 credits

    BIOL 305—Invertebrate Zoology 5 credits

    BIOL 317—Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4 credits

    BIOL 328O—Biology of Marine Organisms 3 credits

    BIOL 342—Microbiology 4 credits

    BIOL 407—Aquatic Entomology 3 credits

    BIOL 418W—Developmental Biology 3 credits

    BIOL 442W,O/2—Bacteriology and Immunology 5 credits

    BIOL 471W—Population Ecology 3 credits

    BIOL 472—Community Ecology 3 credits

    BIOL 480—Water Pollution Biology 3 credits

    CHEM 212—Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 3 credits

    CHEM 321—Organic Chemistry (3)
    and CHEM 322—Organic Chemistry (3)
    and CHEM 324—Organic Laboratory (4) 10 credits

    CHEM 451—General Biochemistry 3 credits

    CHEM 452W—Biochemistry Laboratory 3 credits

    GEOG 205—Elements of Physical Geography 3 credits

    GEOG 302—Geography of Alaska 3 credits

    GEOG 338—Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 credits

    GEOG 402—Resources and Environment 3 credits

    GEOS 304—Geomorphology 3 credits

    JRN 101—Introduction to Mass Communications 3 credits

    JRN 311W—Magazine Article Writing 3 credits

    NRM 204—Public Lands Law and Policy 3 credits

    NRM 277—Introduction to Conservation Biology 3 credits

    NRM 303X—Environmental Ethics and Actions 3 credits

    NRM 370—Introduction to Watershed Management 3 credits

    NRM 407—Environmental Law 3 credits

    PS 201—Comparative Politics 3 credits

    PS 212—Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits

    PS 263—Alaska Native Politics 3 credits

    PS 302—Congress and Public Policy 3 credits

    SOC 309—Urban Sociology 3 credits

    STAT 402—Scientific Sampling 3 credits

    WLF 303W—Wildlife Management Techniques 3 credits

    WLF 419O/2—Waterfowl and Wetlands Ecology and Management 4 credits
  5. Minimum credits required 130

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Courses completed in the fisheries core may be used to meet the core natural sciences or B.S. degree natural science requirements but not both.
*** Courses completed in the fisheries core may be used to meet the core mathematics or B.S. degree mathematics requirements, but not both.
**** Recommended electives. Other courses may be substituted.
Note: Fisheries majors are encouraged to reinforce their fisheries qualifications by earning a minor in a program related to fisheries. Some examples are biology, business management, chemistry, economics, mathematics, natural resources management (animal science), northern studies, statistics and wildlife.

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