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Rasmuson Fisheries Expansion
Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science degree program is to provide students with the knowledge base, skill sets, and hands-on experience to be highly competitive in obtaining positions within state, federal, and non-governmental fisheries and natural resources conservation and management agencies in Alaska and throughout North America.

This degree program consists of 126 credits, and can be completed at either the Fairbanks or Juneau campuses at UAF.

Undergraduates that have completed the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science degree program will be competitive for a wide variety of agency and organization positions, particularly within the state of Alaska.

Graduates with this degree will be particularly qualified to work for traditional state, provincial, federal, Alaska Native, and Native American fisheries agencies in the areas of marine and freshwater fisheries biology and management and fisheries social science. This degree program will also prepare students for graduate school in these areas. In addition, fishing organizations will hire students in the aforementioned areas, as well as in fisheries quota management.

Private non-profit salmon hatchery corporations will be interested in hiring graduates to serve as hatchery managers. Students will also be eligible for fisheries and aquatic sciences biologist positions with non-profit organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy, the American Fisheries Society, and Trout Unlimited.

Through the proposed Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science, we will prepare students for these job opportunities by providing valuable, practical experience, individualized instruction and on-the-job training, application of classroom theories in the real world, and networking with people in the chosen career field.

These attributes will prepare students for post-graduation employment and, consequently lead to a higher employability. Not only will our students be prepared for the specific requirements associated with the agencies and organizations listed above, but they would also be well qualified for similar jobs throughout North American through the unique program that we propose to deliver.

For the specific degree requirements of the Bachelor Science in Fisheries Science, view these links:

For more information about the Rasmuson Fisheries Expansion, please contact Dr. Trent Sutton, Undergraduate Fisheries Coordinator, e‑mail:, 907-474-7285.

If you are a student interested in studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, please contact SFOS academics, or 907-474-7289.