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Degrees & Classes

Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences

Associate Applied Science-Transfer Degree for Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences articulation to WWU & NWIC

The Fisheries & Aquatic Science Program prepares students for employment in a variety of fisheries occupations with emphasis on the transfer articulation of credits to Western Washington University (WWU) & Northwest Indian College (NWIC) from Bellingham Technical College (BTC). The program offers an Associate of Applied Science Transfer degree to the WWU BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Geography. The Fisheries and Aquatic Science Program gives students experience in biological studies with state and private agencies. Students work with smolt traps, spawner surveys, data collection, scale and otolith samples, and water quality. This field experience provides practical work for the instructional “laboratory.” These valuable experiences compliment the classroom theory and related instruction components. The program operates in partnership with regional, tribal and statewide industries as well as Regional Enhancement Associations.

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

The average annual wage in this field is $50,918, with an earning potential of about $63,544 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.

  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.

  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    This course provides students with the tools and skill sets to work in hatcheries, thereby affording them the ability to gain experience with brood stock, eggs and hatchery equipment.

  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21W12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 18
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-8:30pWILKINSON GOpenings: 18
    1/3-3/23MWF 9:00a-11:00aWILKINSON GOpenings: 18
    1/3-3/21MW 1:00p-4:00pPALATUCCI MOpenings: 8
    4/4-6/20MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/23Online MOYLE VOpenings: 1
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.

  • FISH 195Field-Based Experience I6 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved, work-site. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • AQSCI 186Rivers, Lakes, and Streams5 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the ecological, physical, and chemical components of rivers, lakes, and streams. Topics covered include: stream classification methodology, hydrological budgets, flow measurement, lake/pond mapping, pond management, aquatic plant identification, and aquatic macro-invertebrate sampling and identification.

  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21W 5:30p-8:30pMILLER AWaitlisted: 2
    1/6-3/17Sa 8:30a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 7
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LWaitlisted: 5
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/16Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.

  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I4 credits

    The student will choose from one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician and identify additional skills needed in their selected area of industry by conducting informational interviews and creating a self-evaluation. Students, under the supervision of the instructor, will design and execute a project to gain additional skills needed for their selected area of specialty.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 125, FISH 136, FISH 161, FISH 163, and FISH 186 or instructor permission.
  • AQSCI 211Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology5 credits

    Introduction to the major groups of fishes with particular emphasis on fishes of North America. Lecture, laboratory, and field work will introduce students to the fundamentals of how and why fin fish function. Identification and classification, anatomy and physiology, age and growth, reproduction, and behavior will be studied.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 111.
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 10
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pRICHARDS JOpenings: 21
    1/3-3/21MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 16
    1/3-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 0
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/19T10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 136 or FISH 236; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 12
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 14
    1/3-3/23Online ZAMORA AWaitlisted: 3
    1/3-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • From: AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list5 credits

  • From: Electives list3 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • FTEC 255Field-Based Experience II4 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved work-site. This is the second of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • FISH 270Sampling Techniques II4 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the sampling techniques using nets, seines, pots, traps, weirs, and electroshockers. The construction and repair of this gear is covered and practiced. Selection of proper sampling equipment will also be covered.

  • AQSCI 266Aquatic Habitat Assessment4 credits

    This course is intended to provide students with a set of techniques for obtaining aquatic habitat data. Students will learn common methods used by agencies to inventory aquatic habitat, analyze habitat quality, monitor effects of land use, and assess habitat improvement activities.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 111.
  • Electives
  • Students may select three (3) credits of Electives from any course listed below for 5th Quarter.

  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 4
    1/3-3/23MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    1/20Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    2/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    3/17Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 29
    3/10Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 28
    4/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    5/12Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    2/3Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    1/24W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/9F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    4/23-4/25MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    6/2Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    4/18W 1:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    5/16W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    6/7Th 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/13T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 25
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding1 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 13
    4/7Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 16
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding experience in aluminum or steel

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/20T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 15
    4/17-6/19T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS98 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences AAS-T degree that is transferable to WWWU and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085.
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to obtain an AAS-T degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences that is transferable to WWU BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Geography.
  • Graduates will be able to complete all required classes and be able to transfer 90 credits to either WWU.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in biological studies and apply appropriate techniques to conduct studies and sample data.
  • Graduates will be able to show competency in Habitat Restoration evaluation methods and apply techniques to improve and restore habitat.
  • Graduates will be able to show competency in field research, stream surveys, tag studies, spawning assessments, and smolt trap projects.
  • Graduates will be able to successfully sample scales, otoliths, water quality, migrating smolts, and spawning adults in the field.

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Marine Sciences, University of New England

B.S., Marine Biology, University of New England

Contact Info


752-8352
bpalm@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 208


Sara Smith - Instructor image

Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

B.S., Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8498
sasmith@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 210


Associate Applied Science - Transfer Degree for Fisheries Aquaculture Science

If you have a love for the great outdoors and an interest in biology and wildlife, consider the Fisheries program at BTC. You can prepare for a rewarding career as a fish hatchery specialist, fish culturist, fisheries technician, net pen worker, shellfish hatchery worker, scientific aid, water quality technician, or in habitat restoration. You’ll learn high-demand skills like fish culture, aqua culture, and fish spawning that will position you for a rewarding career in the fisheries industry. Instruction takes place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture program.

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

The average annual wage in this field is $50,918, with an earning potential of about $63,544 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.

  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.

  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    This course provides students with the tools and skill sets to work in hatcheries, thereby affording them the ability to gain experience with brood stock, eggs and hatchery equipment.

  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21W12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22MTWTh 9:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 17
  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.

  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.

  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 170.
  • FISH 195Field-Based Experience I6 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved, work-site. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • Quarter 4
  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I4 credits

    The student will choose from one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician and identify additional skills needed in their selected area of industry by conducting informational interviews and creating a self-evaluation. Students, under the supervision of the instructor, will design and execute a project to gain additional skills needed for their selected area of specialty.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 125, FISH 136, FISH 161, FISH 163, and FISH 186 or instructor permission.
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.

  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 10
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pRICHARDS JOpenings: 21
    1/3-3/21MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 16
    1/3-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 0
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/19T10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 136 or FISH 236; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FTEC 250Applied Concepts II4 credits

    This course builds on the experience and skills gained in FTEC 200, Applied Concepts I. The student will choose one of the following five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician and identify additional skills needed in their selected area of industry by conducting informational interviews and creating a self-evaluation. Students, under the supervision of the instructor, will design and execute a project, different from FTEC 200, to gain additional skills needed for their selected area of specialty.

    Prerequisite:
    FTEC 200.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21MTW 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 21
  • CTE 290Job Search2 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Th 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 21
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/23Online MOYLE VOpenings: 1
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Five (5) credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list.5 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • FTEC 255Field-Based Experience II4 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved work-site. This is the second of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • FISH 270Sampling Techniques II4 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the sampling techniques using nets, seines, pots, traps, weirs, and electroshockers. The construction and repair of this gear is covered and practiced. Selection of proper sampling equipment will also be covered.

  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 12
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 14
    1/3-3/23Online ZAMORA AWaitlisted: 3
    1/3-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • Elective(s)3 credits

  • Electives
  • Students may select three (3) credits of Electives from any course listed below for 6th Quarter.

  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 4
    1/3-3/23MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    1/20Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    2/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    3/17Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 29
    3/10Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 28
    4/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    5/12Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    2/3Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    1/24W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/9F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    4/23-4/25MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    6/2Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    4/18W 1:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    5/16W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    6/7Th 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/13T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 25
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding1 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 13
    4/7Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 16
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding experience in aluminum or steel

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/20T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 15
    4/17-6/19T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
  • Electives may be satisfied by any unused Fisheries related college level courses as approved by your advisor.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS100 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085.
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Graduates will be able to receive interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
  • Graduates will be able to compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
  • Graduates will be able to observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Graduates will be able to use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • Graduates will be able to attend industry workshops, conferences, and research, to stay current with new and emerging equipment and techniques.

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Marine Sciences, University of New England

B.S., Marine Biology, University of New England

Contact Info


752-8352
bpalm@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 208


Sara Smith - Instructor image

Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

B.S., Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8498
sasmith@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 210


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fisheries & Aquaculture Science Programs

If you have a love for the great outdoors and an interest in biology and wildlife, consider earning a certificate or an associate degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture Science at Bellingham Technical College. You can prepare for a rewarding career as a fish hatchery specialist, fish culturist, fisheries technician, net pen worker, shellfish hatchery worker, scientific aide, water quality technician, or habitat restoration specialist. In BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Science programs, you’ll learn top skills such as fish culture, aquaculture, and fish spawning that will position you for the best aquatic science jobs in the fisheries industry. Hands-on courses take place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by Bellingham Technical College’s Fisheries & Aquaculture Science program.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

- AAS – Associate Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in fisheries and aquaculture science and start your career in the fishery industry.

- AAS-T Transfer Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in fisheries and aquaculture science and start your career or transfer your courses to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.

- AAS-T Articulation Degree: BTC has articulation agreements with Western Washington University (WWU) and Northwest Indian College (NWIC). The Fisheries & Aquatic Science Program offers an Associate of Applied Science Transfer degree to the WWU BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Geography. BTC’s transfer degree program operates in partnership with regional, tribal and statewide industries as well as Regional Enhancement Associations.

- Fisheries Resources Certificate: In the classes that are part of BTC’s certificate program, you’ll learn the basics of water quality, fish and shellfish biology, and spawning techniques, all of which will help prepare you for an exciting career in the fish hatchery industry.

Fisheries & Aquaculture Jobs & Employment

Program graduates from BTC’s Fisheries & Aquaculture Science associate degree program and certificate program can find jobs as technicians, aides, and culturists at fish hatcheries, shellfish hatcheries, and net pens.

Skilled fishery and aquaculture workers with associate degrees and certificates are needed by state and federal government agencies (such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

The average annual wage in this field is $50,918, with an earning potential of about $63,544 per year.*

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

The average annual wage in this field is $50,918, with an earning potential of about $63,544 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.

  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.

  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    This course provides students with the tools and skill sets to work in hatcheries, thereby affording them the ability to gain experience with brood stock, eggs and hatchery equipment.

  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21W12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22MTWTh 9:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 17
  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.

  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.

  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 170.
  • FISH 195Field-Based Experience I6 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved, work-site. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • Quarter 4
  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I4 credits

    The student will choose from one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician and identify additional skills needed in their selected area of industry by conducting informational interviews and creating a self-evaluation. Students, under the supervision of the instructor, will design and execute a project to gain additional skills needed for their selected area of specialty.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 125, FISH 136, FISH 161, FISH 163, and FISH 186 or instructor permission.
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.

  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Th 1:10p-3:20pGERNAND JOpenings: 21
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 17
    1/3-3/21MW10:10a-11:30aBURNS JOpenings: 18
    1/3-3/23Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 2
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 136 or FISH 236; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FTEC 250Applied Concepts II4 credits

    This course builds on the experience and skills gained in FTEC 200, Applied Concepts I. The student will choose one of the following five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician and identify additional skills needed in their selected area of industry by conducting informational interviews and creating a self-evaluation. Students, under the supervision of the instructor, will design and execute a project, different from FTEC 200, to gain additional skills needed for their selected area of specialty.

    Prerequisite:
    FTEC 200.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21MTW 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 21
  • CTE 290Job Search2 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Th 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 21
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20T 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 25
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/23MWF 2:10p-3:30pTHATCHER ROpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23Online MOYLE VOpenings: 8
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 25
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • FTEC 255Field-Based Experience II4 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved work-site. This is the second of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • FISH 270Sampling Techniques II4 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the sampling techniques using nets, seines, pots, traps, weirs, and electroshockers. The construction and repair of this gear is covered and practiced. Selection of proper sampling equipment will also be covered.

  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 12
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 14
    1/3-3/23Online ZAMORA AWaitlisted: 3
    1/3-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • Elective(s)3 credits

  • Electives
  • Students may select three (3) credits of Electives from any course listed below for 6th Quarter.

  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 4
    1/3-3/23MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    1/4-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    1/20Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    2/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
    3/17Sa 8:00a-5:00pKERL EOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 29
    3/10Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 28
    4/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    5/12Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    2/3Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    1/24W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/9F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    4/23-4/25MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    6/2Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    4/18W 1:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 16
    5/16W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    6/7Th 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/13T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 25
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding1 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    1/13Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 13
    4/7Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 16
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding experience in aluminum or steel

    Future Offerings
    1/16-3/20T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 15
    4/17-6/19T 5:30p-8:50pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS95 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Graduates will be able to receive interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
  • Graduates will be able to compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
  • Graduates will be able to observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Graduates will be able to use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • Graduates will be able to attend industry workshops, conferences, and research, to stay current with new and emerging equipment and techniques.

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Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Marine Sciences, University of New England

B.S., Marine Biology, University of New England

Contact Info


752-8352
bpalm@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 208


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Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

B.S., Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8498
sasmith@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 210


Fisheries Resources Certificate

Expand your knowledge of wildlife inhabiting local creeks, rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound with the Fisheries program at BTC. Learn the basics of water quality, fish and shellfish biology, and spawning techniques, and prepare for an exciting career in the fish hatchery industry. Instruction takes place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture program. Your skills will be ready to use with employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, and federal and private scientific companies.

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$25,522 starting annual wage

$31,054 average annual wage

$46,800 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

Your skills will be ready to use with employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, and federal and private scientific companies.

Employment opportunities for fish hatchery specialists should remain the same or increase due to the increased listings of endangered species.

The average annual wage in this field is $31,054, with an earning potential of about $46,800 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov in 2011. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.

  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.

  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    This course provides students with the tools and skill sets to work in hatcheries, thereby affording them the ability to gain experience with brood stock, eggs and hatchery equipment.

  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21W12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 18
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/19M12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22MTWTh 9:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 18
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 17
  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.

  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.

  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 170.
  • FISH 195Field-Based Experience I6 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician at a college approved, work-site. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during the internship hours. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • Quarter 4
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22Th 1:10p-3:20pGERNAND JOpenings: 21
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 17
    1/3-3/21MW10:10a-11:30aBURNS JOpenings: 18
    1/3-3/23Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 2
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20T 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 25
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/23MWF 2:10p-3:30pTHATCHER ROpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23Online MOYLE VOpenings: 8
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 25
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 12
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 14
    1/3-3/23Online ZAMORA AWaitlisted: 3
    1/3-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS65 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter on a space available basis.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear, and release fish.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in shellfish hatchery and aquaculture methods and apply appropriate techniques to raise diatoms, spawn shellfish, set seed, plant seed, culture and harvest shellfish.
  • Graduates will show competency in Habitat Restoration methods and apply techniques to improve and restore habitat, plant native vegetation, eliminate invasive species, and add woody debris and gravel to streams.
  • Graduates will show competency in field research, stream surveys, tag studies, spawning assessments, and smolt trap projects.

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Marine Sciences, University of New England

B.S., Marine Biology, University of New England

Contact Info


752-8352
bpalm@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 208


Sara Smith - Instructor image

Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

B.S., Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8498
sasmith@btc.edu
Perry Center (PC) - Room 210