Fisheries and Marine Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your fisheries and marine sciences degree from a close-knit, hands-on program accredited by the American Fisheries Society.

Collaborate with accomplished faculty and fellow students on undergraduate research. Study in one of the richest aquatic regions in the world. Get real experience in labs and through a guaranteed internship.

Prepare to graduate qualified, experienced and ready to pursue your career: many UAF graduates work for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Why Study Fisheries and Marine Sciences at UAF?

UAF’s fisheries and marine sciences degree program provides you the opportunity to study in one of the richest aquatic regions in the world. Fisheries and marine sciences majors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks gain extensive professional experience through funded research and a guaranteed internship. Our low student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll work closely with professors who will become mentors and references for future employers.

Here are more reasons to earn your bachelor’s in fisheries and marine sciences at UAF.

Gain practical experience through research and internships

The fisheries degree develops hands-on experience and employer connections through research, field courses and a required internship. We assist students with program placement into positions with agencies across a broad spectrum of specialties

You’ll have opportunities to conduct and present research through our Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) program. You can also benefit from personal, self-driven activities with student clubs such as the UAF Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and FOSSA (Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Student Association).

Choose your adventure

As a fisheries and marine sciences major, you’ll have the option to choose from one of two concentrations in either Fisheries or Marine Sciences. Flexible course scheduling allows you to plan your program while considering your interests and goals.

Graduate as an in-demand candidate in a high-demand field

With a fisheries and marine sciences degree from UAF, you’ll be sought after in Alaska and nationwide. Our hands-on experiences and strong connection to employers open the door to myriad career opportunities in the government and private sector. You can find our graduates working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Rising Tide Communications, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and many other conservation agencies and organizations.

 

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Marine Sciences?

A fisheries and marine sciences degree prepares you for graduate school and opportunities in freshwater and marine research, private sector employment, and conservation and management careers in local, state, federal, tribal and nongovernmental organizations in Alaska and throughout North America. Our fisheries and marine sciences graduates find careers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Career outlook for fisheries and marine sciences majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of fisheries and marine sciences professionals is projected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026.

What is the salary of a fisheries and marine sciences professional?

Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fisheries professionals and marine biologists in Alaska earn an average salary of $76,640. This is considerably higher than the median salary nationally, which is $63,420.

 

 

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