Applied Fisheries, A.A.S.

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The Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) provides students with a broad educational and practical foundation in the fields of fisheries management and aquaculture. Students will be prepared for entry level employment in federal and state agencies, hatcheries, and the private sector. This program is offered via both distance and local course options. Successful graduates who work closely with academic advisors will have the option to continue on to Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences through UAS or UAF. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

The A.A.S. in Applied Fisheries requires a minimum of sixty credit hours and a GPA of 2.50. Of the 60 credits, students must complete 20 credits at the 200 level or above. Students must complete 6 credit hours of internship.

Minimum Credit Hours 60
General Education Requirements 17
Major Requirements 43
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills6
*Writing Across Contexts
*Writing and the Professions
Oral Communication Skills3
*Fundamentals of Oral Communication 1
*Small Group Communication and Team Building
Computational Skills4
Intermediate Algebra 2
*College Algebra for Calculus
Select one of the following: 4
*Biology and Society
*Natural History of Alaska
*Fundamentals of Biology I 2
*Fundamentals of Biology II
*Introduction to General Chemistry
*Earth and Environment
Major Requirements
FT S120Fisheries of Alaska3
FT S211Fisheries Management Techniques3
FT S212Fisheries Management Techniques Lab1
FT S122Alaska Salmon Culture I3
FT S222Alaska Salmon Culture II3
FT S223Alaskan Aquaculture Lab1
FT S270Freshwater Ecology3
FT S272Fisheries Management, Law and Economics3
FT S274Fish Biology3
FT S291Fisheries Internship6
OCN S101*Introduction to Oceanography3
Select 11 credits of the following:11
Small Business Management
Fish Pathology Lab
Basic Scuba Diving
Fisheries Policy Practicum (Fisheries Technology Practicum)
*Elementary Statistics
Advisor approved electives
Any of the science GERs not taken above
Total Credits60

Denotes GER


Grade C 2.00 or better


Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree should take BIOL S115 and MATH S151

1. Students will demonstrate sound knowledge of fish and their habitats (UAS competencies in information literacy and critical thinking).

a. Students will identify common commercial species of Alaska and understand their habitat needs.

b. Students will describe water as an environment for life.

c. Students will convey fishery information to faculty and classmates.

2. Students will have sound field sampling techniques (UAS competencies in quantitative skills, critical thinking, computer usage and communication).

a. Students will collect, analyze, and present fisheries data utilizing standard methodologies.

b. Students will describe the importance of following protocols and techniques, utilizing good field data collection techniques and data recording techniques.

c. Students will describe methodologies and protocols; practice good data management skills; summarize and communicate findings.

d. Students will discuss the importance of correct data collection and analysis.

3. Students will operate safely while participating in program activities and utilizing program equipment (UAS competency in professional behavior).

a. Students will identify methods for reducing injury in the field and lab setting.

b. Students will discuss safe operating procedures for equipment; assess field conditions to determine safety guidelines to follow.

c. Students will discuss the importance of promoting safety for self and others and equipment.

4. Students will understand the basic principles of salmon enhancement techniques used in Alaskan hatcheries (UAS competencies in quantitative skills and critical thinking).

a. Students will describe the basic process involved in fish rearing.

b. Students will take part in “hands-on” procedures to ensure successful output of fish.

c. Students will describe attributes of Salmon Culture facilities in Alaska.

5. Students will understand the management and legal frameworks within which marine fisheries exist (UAS competencies in communication, information literacy and computer usage).

a. Students will describe the legal and regulatory framework of marine fisheries in Alaska.

b. Students will describe the current status of marine fisheries statewide.

c. Students will describe the social and economic value of Alaska fisheries to the state of the nation.