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Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences


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Overview

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.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Receive, interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and the general public.
  • Compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and the rearing of fish.
  • Observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to the rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • 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 Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

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 RDG 085  with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092  with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090  or ABE 050  with a C or better.
  • The Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program AAS degree requires students to complete either AMATH 111, MATH& 107 or a higher level transferable Math class prior to graduation and preferably in the student’s second quarter. These Math classes require higher math placement scores than the program entry requirements. If your ACCUPLACER algebra score is less than 75, please meet with either a general advisor or a program instructor to receive assistance in planning the appropriate Math class sequence.
  • The Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program AAS-T and the WWU AAS-T degrees require students to complete MATH& 107 or a higher level transferable Math class prior to graduation and preferably in the student’s second quarter. These Math classes require higher math placement scores than the program entry requirements. If your ACCUPLACER College Level Math score is less than 75, please meet with either a general advisor or a program instructor to receive assistance in planning the appropriate Math class sequence.

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.

Programs

    Associate of Applied Science
    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer
    Certificate

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