2002-2003 UAF Catalog

Colleges and Schools

Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, School of

Vera Alexander, Dean

The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences offers the bachelor of science degree in fisheries through the fisheries division. Graduate degrees, including the M.S. and Ph.D., are offered in oceanography, marine biology and fisheries. Created in 1987, the school is responsible for coordinating the university's statewide programs in marine education, research, technology and extension relating to Alaska's vast fisheries and marine environment. Undergraduate majors in the school are well prepared for graduate study or to enter management, law enforcement and/or public information-education fields related to fisheries and often are able to find summer field work opportunities during their undergraduate studies through cooperating state and federal agencies. The school operates coastal facilities at Juneau, Kodiak, Seward and Kasitsna Bay and also the 133-foot National Science Foundation oceanographic vessel R/V Alpha Helix for seagoing research and education.