The Fisheries & Aquaculture major is designed to give undergraduate students a strong background in the biological and managerial aspects of the fisheries profession and provide an education that meets the Professional Certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society. This includes "...a broad understanding of the aquatic environment, the functioning of individual animals and their populations, the role of users of aquatic resources...", as well as "... competence in oral and written communication, an ability to work well with others, and an understanding of natural resource conservation in the context of other human activities."
The curriculum is field-oriented and offers opportunities to participate in faculty research projects and agency internships.
Courses such as fisheries management, limnology, ichthyology, ecology, aquaculture, water quality, and fish physiology provide students with the information needed to appreciate, understand, and manage aquatic systems.
Graduates of this program most often obtain employment in public agencies, private aquaculture ventures, environmental consulting firms, or conservation organizations. A high portion of graduates continue their education, entering graduate programs in fisheries or ecology at academic institutions across the country.