If you have a love for the great outdoors and an interest in biology and wildlife, consider earning a certificate or an associate degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture Science at Bellingham Technical College. You can prepare for a rewarding career as a fish hatchery specialist, fish culturist, fisheries technician, net pen worker, shellfish hatchery worker, scientific aide, water quality technician, or habitat restoration specialist. In BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Science programs, you’ll learn top skills such as fish culture, aquaculture, and fish spawning that will position you for the best aquatic science jobs in the fisheries industry. Hands-on courses take place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by Bellingham Technical College’s Fisheries & Aquaculture Science program.
- Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
- Graduates will be able to utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
- Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
- Graduates will be able to receive interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
- Graduates will be able to compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
- Graduates will be able to observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
- Graduates will be able to use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
- Graduates will be able to attend industry workshops, conferences, and research, to stay current with new and emerging equipment and techniques.
Program Outcomes for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
See BTC’s Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences web site program page for outcomes.
Program Entry Information
This program typically starts in Fall and Winter Quarters
These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.
- ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085 .
- ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092
- ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or ABE 050 or a C grade in MATH 090 .
Degree and Certificate Requirements for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences
Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences AAS Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. AAS-T Degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all academic courses.
Degree and Certificate Requirements for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences AAS-T Degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all academic courses.
ProgramsAssociate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer