Fisheries and marine sciences degree now available online

Alice Bailey

July 25, 2021

A student holds a fish.
Photo by Katja Berghaus.
UAF student Kyle Gatt holds a China rockfish caught in 2021 as part of lingcod and rockfish sampling in Prince William Sound.

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is offering a new option within its undergraduate degree program that lets students study remotely and on a flexible schedule. 

The Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries and marine sciences now has a fully online asynchronous concentration, making it the first undergraduate program in North America that lets students choose a blend of fisheries, marine biology and oceanography classes that can be completed asynchronously.

Asynchronous online learning allows students to view instructional materials at their own pace with preset deadlines. The fully online program does not have set meeting times, a feature that will help students balance college with work and other responsibilities. 

“The goal of the asynchronous concentration is to provide access to students interested in fisheries and marine sciences who do not have the resources or opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science degree at a UAF campus,” said Trent Sutton, associate dean of academic programs at CFOS.  

Many popular courses from CFOS’s in-person Bachelor of Sciences program  will be accessible in asynchronous form. Those include Salmon, People, Place; Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology; and Polar Marine Science.

The asynchronous program prepares students to work in fisheries and marine management, research, conservation, education, policy, and industry. Students develop hands-on experience and employer connections through a required internship, and CFOS assists students in securing those internships through a variety of fisheries and marine sciences employers.

The program also prepares students for graduate studies in fisheries, marine biology, oceanography, marine policy and business administration. An undergraduate degree is a prerequisite for UAF’s Tamamta program, which focuses on Indigenous knowledge.

UAF's eCampus provides a range of services, including help with enrollment and class schedules, to students enrolled in the fully online program. 

More information can be found at UAF’s fisheries and marine sciences degree page. Please contact CFOS academic recruitment coordinator Kyle Rivera at or 907-474-6312 if you are interested in applying.