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Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, B.S.

The Great Lakes are arguably our most valuable natural resource in the Midwest, so their protection and sustainable use are keys to the prosperity and well-being of future generations. The need for trained aquatic science professionals has increased steadily as pressure on and impacts to our water resources have increased.

National Job Growth

Fisheries and aquatic sciences opportunities are projected to grow 8% in the U.S. by 2025.

American Fisheries Society certification preparation

GVSU fisheries and aquatic sciences graduates meet the eligibility requirements to apply for professional certification through the American Fisheries Society.

Annual Median Wage

The annual median wage for fisheries and aquatic sciences specialists is $71,000.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

The B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences prepares you for careers in this highly-relevant field to the Great Lakes region. The program features a breadth and depth of knowledge that includes the study of stream ecology, fisheries biology, lake ecology, wetland ecology, aquatic invertebrates, and aquatic plants, among others. This curriculum will give graduates a highly desirable skill set which will make them well qualified for a range of career paths.

If you are interested in fisheries biology, you will be prepared to apply for Associate Fisheries Professional certification offered by the American Fisheries Society. Associate Fisheries Professional certification helps you qualify for jobs with state and federal agencies, and with environmental consulting firms.

Students interested in marine biology should plan on taking additional coursework in math and chemistry and complete summer coursework at a marine field station.

Why Study Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Grand Valley?

Program Details