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.
The B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences prepares 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 that will make them well-qualified for a range of career paths.
If interested in fisheries biology, be prepared to apply for Associate Fisheries Professional certification offered by the American Fisheries Society. Associate Fisheries Professional certification helps qualify for jobs with state and federal agencies and 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?
- The degree combines the highly technical expertise spanning the study of chemistry, physics, statistics, geology, natural resource management and biology with a liberal education component, creating a professional with a broad skill set required for success in this high demand profession.
- Flexibility within the curriculum provides a broad set of elective courses and opportunities for specialization.
- Authentic experiential learning in field and in laboratory learning environments.
- Opportunities for internships, international and domestic field study, and mentor-guided student research to complement coursework.
- A broad range of research opportunities provide undergraduate students the chance to engage in real-world projects.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale
- Face To Face
A degree in fisheries and aquatic sciences includes coursework in:
- Stream ecology
- Field biology
- Fisheries management
- Aquatic insects, plants, and fish
- Natural resource management
Engagement in field and laboratory learning environments to study aquatic ecosystems and their management is part of the coursework.
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.