Alaska Marine Science and Fisheries Career Coalition

Other Capacity Building Programs Related to Fisheries Science in Rural Alaska

USFWS Subsistence Fisheries Monitoring Program is to provide the opportunity for a subsistence way of life on federal public lands and waters while maintaining health populations of fish and wildlife. Alaska Native and rural organizations represent those who depend on subsistence fisheries resources and have perspectives and knowledge that can be valuable in identifying issues, conducting research, and managing these fisheries.

Current University level programs in Alaska related to Fisheries/Marine Sciences

University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is a one-year certificate program. Students can acquire practical skills and knowledge to enter careers in fisheries technology. Articulated with the AAS in Fisheries Technology (two-year degree program), students can choose a certificate with a fish culture or fisheries management emphasis. There are distance learning available for Fisheries Technology courses.

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus, offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marine Biology. Students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses with an emphasis on involvement in research projects. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Fisheries will soon be offered at this campus as well.

University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fisheries. One of the greatest aspects of these degrees is that it is a "Two-Plus-Two Program" where students can take their first two years of classes at any of the University of Alaska campuses! Graduate programs -- Masters (MS) and Doctorate Ph.D) -- programs are also available in Fisheries. UAF offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biological Sciences. UAF College of Rural Development offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Rural Development.

University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Biological Science offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in the Natural Sciences and both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biological Sciences. Students in these majors can continue their studies in various programs. These include (but are not limited to) the Master of Science (MS) in Biological Sciences at UAA, the Master of Science (MS) in Fisheries at UAF, the Master of Science (MS) in Marine Biology at UAF, the Master of Science (MS) in Oceanography at UAF, and the Master of Science (MS) in Seafood Science and Nutrition at UAF.

Alaska Pacific University (APU) emphasizes field intensive, outdoor classes, which are offered three times a year. These classes are a great opportunity to investigate the Alaska coastline and also explore other marine habitats in places such as the Florida Keys and Galápagos Islands. In the Marine Biology Program, students gain expertise in the biological sciences specifically as applied to marine environments. The B.A. degree provides fundamental studies in Marine Biology. The B.S. degree requires additional coursework in the physical and natural sciences while maintaining the traditional liberal arts focus on active learning and project-based experiences. This degree is also excellent preparation for students who want to enter graduate school or who intend to work professionally in the field of marine biology. Check out the degree requirements for a look at some of the classes offered.

Future Alaskans in Fisheries & Marine Science

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a new website to help bring more rural Alaskans and Alaska Natives into fisheries and marine science careers. Future Alaskans in Fisheries and Marine Science is produced through the cooperation of a network of fisheries and marine science organizations.This website has interactive components such as a message board and a blog to effectively inform Alaska's youth.

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