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Fisheries Sciences and Management


Programs in fisheries science and management teach people to breed fish and shellfish in fish hatcheries for commercial and recreational purposes.

Students learn how to conserve fish species and protect fish habitats.

Fisheries sciences and management programs include topics such as:


Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in fisheries sciences and management. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in fisheries sciences and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. At some schools, students select wildlife or natural resources management as their major and then concentrate in fisheries sciences and management.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in fisheries sciences and management. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General.

Most graduate degree programs prefer you to major in fisheries sciences and management or some other field related to wildlife or natural resources management. Some master's degree programs require only that you major in a natural science or some other field that has a strong quantitative emphasis.

You should also take several courses in biology, chemistry, and math. These might include:

Additional requirements at many schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs that lead to a master’s or doctoral degree varies from program to program. These programs tend to give you a choice of research foci. The typical outline of the curriculum in graduate programs is as follows:

Things to Know

When choosing your school, consider geographical location. For example, if you want to study freshwater fisheries, look for schools that are located near rivers, lakes, or streams.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Green River College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Centralia College

Grays Harbor College

Yakima Area

Heritage University