Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences

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

The Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 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 Sciences 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


88% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

69% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,341 starting annual wage

$45,521 average annual wage

$57,231 potential annual wage

*Many Fisheries & Aquaculture students are employed outside of WA and OR. According to BTC faculty records, 88% of 2017-18 graduates seeking employment have been hired in their field of study

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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 $45,521, with an earning potential of about $57,231 per year.*

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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture2 credits

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of fisheries and aquaculture, including an introduction to the fisheries and aquaculture industries, basic finfish and shellfish culturing, essential water quality parameters, the life cycles of common Pacific Northwest finfish and shellfish species, and industry safety practices.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-4/20Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 110Water Quality3 credits

    An introduction to water quality principles with an emphasis on aquaculture production systems and environmental habitats. Students will learn standard methods of measuring water quality and managing water quality data. This course also covers common issues with water quality and practical approaches to solving them.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity3 credits

    An introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, and life cycles of aquatic plants and animals, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest algae, shellfish, and finfish. This course will also cover evolutionary adaptations to aquatic environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 6
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  • AQUA 130Reproduction2 credits

    An introduction to reproductive biology with a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and fish. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, life history strategies, and spawning techniques for aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, And ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 135Hatchery Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, proper gamete handling, and calculations of reproductive metrics. Students will also apply water quality theory to lab and field projects and taxonomic tools for site surveys, hatchery operations, and aquaculture husbandry.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 4
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    9/28-12/17TTh 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 2
  • MATH& 107Math 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
    1/5-3/25Online NEWTON KOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/22TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • OR Higher

  • AQUA 140Growth and Nutrition3 credits

    This course will provide an overview on the nutrition and feeding of aquatic species to promote healthy and sustainable growth. There will be a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and finfish from an aquaculture perspective.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111) OR (MATH&107 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH&107) OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 150Fundamentals of Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to culturing aquatic biota for commercial production and fisheries stock enhancement, with an emphasis on commonly used culturing systems, shellfish and finfish husbandry, and hatchery operations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111 or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 165Aquaculture Practicum3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 190. Students will practice culturing techniques for algae, shellfish, and finfish species, including: stocking systems based on condition factors, recording growth and mortality metrics, monitoring embryonic and juvenile development, creating feeding schedules, and monitoring aquatic animal health.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 all with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25MW12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 190Toxicology and Diseases3 credits

    An introduction to shellfish and finfish diseases and environmental toxicology. This course will cover the biology and ecology of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Students will also learn the sources and exposure routes of pollutants and pathogens, lymphatic and behavioral responses, and commonly used diagnostics and treatments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, and AQUA 165 all with a C- or better and AMATH 111 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AQUA 160Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of fisheries biology and the population dynamics of crustacean, shellfish, and fish species, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest stocks. The course will include an overview of fisheries gear, technology, sampling techniques, and data collection for stock assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Th12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 170Freshwater Ecology3 credits

    An introduction to the ecology of rivers, lakes, and other freshwater systems with an emphasis on physical and chemical interactions with biotic communities. This course covers the effects of land use practices on freshwater habitats and techniques for mitigating habitat degradation. Students also will examine the habitat, ecology, and management of invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23F 8:30a-10:30aSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 180Oceanography3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of oceanography, with an overview of the physical, geological, chemical, and biological components of marine environments. This course will cover plate tectonics, circulation and currents, weather events, and coastal and pelagic ecosystems. Students will also learn about issues affecting the Pacific Ocean, such as polar ice cap melting, offshore drilling, and ocean acidification.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permissio
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.
  • AQUA 195Fisheries Practicum4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 160, AQUA 170, and AQUA 180. Students will practice assessing sites for habitat quality, sampling aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate populations in freshwater and marine environments, and stock enhancement strategies for fisheries management.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
     W 8:30a-3:00pPALM B
    4/6-6/23TTh 8:30a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
     Th 8:30a-11:00aPALM B
  • Quarter 4
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications (recommended)5 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
    1/5-3/25Online BURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    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.
  • OR

  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (85) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (256) OR RDG 085 with a B or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (86) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (255) or higher OR AENGL 100 with a C or higher OR BUS 191 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    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
    1/5-3/25Online POLLARD DOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ENGL& 101English 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online GERNAND JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • AQUA 200Genetics in Fisheries and Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to the basics of population genetics and the evolutionary principles that determine genetic variation in both natural and artificial environments. This course will highlight current aquaculture techniques in broodstock management, improvements in breeding practices, increasing genetic diversity and sustainability, and addressing environmental considerations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 210 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 210 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 11
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  • AQUA 210Hatchery Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 200 and promote enhanced mastery of skills demonstrated in AQUA 135. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, explore hatchery operations improvement projects, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 200 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17TTh 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 5
  • AQUA 250Advanced Sampling Techniques4 credits

    This workshop based course focuses on developing advanced sampling and analysis skills commonly used in fisheries and aquaculture sciences. Students will collect and analyze sampling data from field and lab projects, including fisheries surveys, hatchery operations, and habitat assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25TTh 8:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25TTh12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 260Natural Resource Management4 credits

    In this course, students explore how to balance the ecology and economics of limited natural resources through the management of diverse stakeholder needs and evaluation of ecosystem services. These concepts will be explored through a variety of case studies focused on current natural resource management issues, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/5-3/25Online QUESADA AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online QUESADA AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online QUESADA AOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • CHEM& 121Introduction 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
    1/5-3/25Online MILLER AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online GISH JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online GISH JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online EWING TOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/10-6/19Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 270Introduction to GIS for Fisheries & Aquaculture4 credits

    An introduction to geographic information sciences with a focus on spatial data management, manipulation, and display in geographic information systems (GIS). This course covers basic cartographic principles and map creation with a special emphasis on geographic information systems in fisheries and aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MTh12:00p-2:30pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 290Advanced Hatchery Techniques2 credits

    In this course, students will learn aquaculture operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on culturing data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and exploring innovative approaches for improving aquaculture production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
  • Five Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list.5 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the AAS-T degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in biological studies and apply appropriate techniques to conduct studies and sample data.
  • Demonstrate competency in Habitat Restoration evaluation methods and apply techniques to improve and restore habitat.
  • Demonstrate competency in field research, stream surveys, tag studies, spawning assessments, and smolt trap projects.
  • Sample scales, otoliths, water quality, migrating smolts, and spawning adults in the field.

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Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Marine Sciences, University of New England

BS, Marine Biology, University of New England

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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


MS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

BS, Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology Emphasis, Western Washington University

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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


Associate Applied Science-Transfer Degree

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


88% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

69% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,341 starting annual wage

$45,521 average annual wage

$57,231 potential annual wage

* Many Fisheries & Aquaculture students are employed outside of WA and OR. According to BTC faculty records, 88% of 2017-18 graduates seeking employment have been hired in their field of study.

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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 $45,521, with an earning potential of about $57,231 per year.*

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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture2 credits

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of fisheries and aquaculture, including an introduction to the fisheries and aquaculture industries, basic finfish and shellfish culturing, essential water quality parameters, the life cycles of common Pacific Northwest finfish and shellfish species, and industry safety practices.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-4/20Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 110Water Quality3 credits

    An introduction to water quality principles with an emphasis on aquaculture production systems and environmental habitats. Students will learn standard methods of measuring water quality and managing water quality data. This course also covers common issues with water quality and practical approaches to solving them.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity3 credits

    An introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, and life cycles of aquatic plants and animals, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest algae, shellfish, and finfish. This course will also cover evolutionary adaptations to aquatic environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 6
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  • AQUA 130Reproduction2 credits

    An introduction to reproductive biology with a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and fish. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, life history strategies, and spawning techniques for aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, And ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 135Hatchery Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, proper gamete handling, and calculations of reproductive metrics. Students will also apply water quality theory to lab and field projects and taxonomic tools for site surveys, hatchery operations, and aquaculture husbandry.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 4
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    9/28-12/17TTh 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 2
  • MATH& 107Math 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
    1/5-3/25Online NEWTON KOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/22TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • OR Higher

  • AQUA 140Growth and Nutrition3 credits

    This course will provide an overview on the nutrition and feeding of aquatic species to promote healthy and sustainable growth. There will be a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and finfish from an aquaculture perspective.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111) OR (MATH&107 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH&107) OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 150Fundamentals of Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to culturing aquatic biota for commercial production and fisheries stock enhancement, with an emphasis on commonly used culturing systems, shellfish and finfish husbandry, and hatchery operations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111 or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 165Aquaculture Practicum3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 190. Students will practice culturing techniques for algae, shellfish, and finfish species, including: stocking systems based on condition factors, recording growth and mortality metrics, monitoring embryonic and juvenile development, creating feeding schedules, and monitoring aquatic animal health.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 all with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25MW12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 190Toxicology and Diseases3 credits

    An introduction to shellfish and finfish diseases and environmental toxicology. This course will cover the biology and ecology of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Students will also learn the sources and exposure routes of pollutants and pathogens, lymphatic and behavioral responses, and commonly used diagnostics and treatments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, and AQUA 165 all with a C- or better and AMATH 111 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AQUA 160Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of fisheries biology and the population dynamics of crustacean, shellfish, and fish species, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest stocks. The course will include an overview of fisheries gear, technology, sampling techniques, and data collection for stock assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Th12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 170Freshwater Ecology3 credits

    An introduction to the ecology of rivers, lakes, and other freshwater systems with an emphasis on physical and chemical interactions with biotic communities. This course covers the effects of land use practices on freshwater habitats and techniques for mitigating habitat degradation. Students also will examine the habitat, ecology, and management of invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23F 8:30a-10:30aSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 180Oceanography3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of oceanography, with an overview of the physical, geological, chemical, and biological components of marine environments. This course will cover plate tectonics, circulation and currents, weather events, and coastal and pelagic ecosystems. Students will also learn about issues affecting the Pacific Ocean, such as polar ice cap melting, offshore drilling, and ocean acidification.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permissio
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.
  • AQUA 195Fisheries Practicum4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 160, AQUA 170, and AQUA 180. Students will practice assessing sites for habitat quality, sampling aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate populations in freshwater and marine environments, and stock enhancement strategies for fisheries management.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
     W 8:30a-3:00pPALM B
    4/6-6/23TTh 8:30a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
     Th 8:30a-11:00aPALM B
  • Quarter 4
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications (recommended)5 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
    1/5-3/25Online BURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    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.
  • OR

  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (85) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (256) OR RDG 085 with a B or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (86) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (255) or higher OR AENGL 100 with a C or higher OR BUS 191 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    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
    1/5-3/25Online POLLARD DOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ENGL& 101English 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online GERNAND JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • AQUA 200Genetics in Fisheries and Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to the basics of population genetics and the evolutionary principles that determine genetic variation in both natural and artificial environments. This course will highlight current aquaculture techniques in broodstock management, improvements in breeding practices, increasing genetic diversity and sustainability, and addressing environmental considerations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 210 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 210 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 11
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  • AQUA 210Hatchery Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 200 and promote enhanced mastery of skills demonstrated in AQUA 135. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, explore hatchery operations improvement projects, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 200 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17TTh 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 5
  • AQUA 250Advanced Sampling Techniques4 credits

    This workshop based course focuses on developing advanced sampling and analysis skills commonly used in fisheries and aquaculture sciences. Students will collect and analyze sampling data from field and lab projects, including fisheries surveys, hatchery operations, and habitat assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25TTh 8:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25TTh12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 260Natural Resource Management4 credits

    In this course, students explore how to balance the ecology and economics of limited natural resources through the management of diverse stakeholder needs and evaluation of ecosystem services. These concepts will be explored through a variety of case studies focused on current natural resource management issues, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • 5 Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list in Humanities, Social Sciences, or Physical and Natural Sciences.5 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • AQUA 270Introduction to GIS for Fisheries & Aquaculture4 credits

    An introduction to geographic information sciences with a focus on spatial data management, manipulation, and display in geographic information systems (GIS). This course covers basic cartographic principles and map creation with a special emphasis on geographic information systems in fisheries and aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MTh12:00p-2:30pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 290Acquaculture Management2 credits

    In this course, students will learn aquaculture operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on culturing data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and exploring innovative approaches for improving aquaculture production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
  • 10 Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list.10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the AAS-T degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Receive, interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
  • Compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
  • Observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • Identify resources to stay current with new and merging equipment and techniques.

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Marine Sciences, University of New England

BS, Marine Biology, University of New England

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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


MS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

BS, Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology Emphasis, Western Washington University

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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 $45,521, with an earning potential of about $57,231 per year.*

Employment Information


88% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

69% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,341 starting annual wage

$44,521 average annual wage

$57,231 potential annual wage

* Many Fisheries & Aquaculture students are employed outside of WA and OR. According to BTC faculty records, 88% of 2017-18 graduates seeking employment have been hired in their field of study.

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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 $45,521, with an earning potential of about $57,231 per year.*

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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture2 credits

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of fisheries and aquaculture, including an introduction to the fisheries and aquaculture industries, basic finfish and shellfish culturing, essential water quality parameters, the life cycles of common Pacific Northwest finfish and shellfish species, and industry safety practices.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-4/20Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 110Water Quality3 credits

    An introduction to water quality principles with an emphasis on aquaculture production systems and environmental habitats. Students will learn standard methods of measuring water quality and managing water quality data. This course also covers common issues with water quality and practical approaches to solving them.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity3 credits

    An introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, and life cycles of aquatic plants and animals, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest algae, shellfish, and finfish. This course will also cover evolutionary adaptations to aquatic environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 6
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  • AQUA 130Reproduction2 credits

    An introduction to reproductive biology with a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and fish. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, life history strategies, and spawning techniques for aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, And ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
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  • AQUA 135Hatchery Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, proper gamete handling, and calculations of reproductive metrics. Students will also apply water quality theory to lab and field projects and taxonomic tools for site surveys, hatchery operations, and aquaculture husbandry.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 4
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    9/28-12/17TTh 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 2
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RING COpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • OR

  • HIGHER

  • AQUA 140Growth and Nutrition3 credits

    This course will provide an overview on the nutrition and feeding of aquatic species to promote healthy and sustainable growth. There will be a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and finfish from an aquaculture perspective.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111) OR (MATH&107 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH&107) OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 150Fundamentals of Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to culturing aquatic biota for commercial production and fisheries stock enhancement, with an emphasis on commonly used culturing systems, shellfish and finfish husbandry, and hatchery operations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111 or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 165Aquaculture Practicum3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 190. Students will practice culturing techniques for algae, shellfish, and finfish species, including: stocking systems based on condition factors, recording growth and mortality metrics, monitoring embryonic and juvenile development, creating feeding schedules, and monitoring aquatic animal health.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 all with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25MW12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 190Toxicology and Diseases3 credits

    An introduction to shellfish and finfish diseases and environmental toxicology. This course will cover the biology and ecology of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Students will also learn the sources and exposure routes of pollutants and pathogens, lymphatic and behavioral responses, and commonly used diagnostics and treatments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, and AQUA 165 all with a C- or better and AMATH 111 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AQUA 160Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of fisheries biology and the population dynamics of crustacean, shellfish, and fish species, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest stocks. The course will include an overview of fisheries gear, technology, sampling techniques, and data collection for stock assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Th12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 170Freshwater Ecology3 credits

    An introduction to the ecology of rivers, lakes, and other freshwater systems with an emphasis on physical and chemical interactions with biotic communities. This course covers the effects of land use practices on freshwater habitats and techniques for mitigating habitat degradation. Students also will examine the habitat, ecology, and management of invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23F 8:30a-10:30aSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 180Oceanography3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of oceanography, with an overview of the physical, geological, chemical, and biological components of marine environments. This course will cover plate tectonics, circulation and currents, weather events, and coastal and pelagic ecosystems. Students will also learn about issues affecting the Pacific Ocean, such as polar ice cap melting, offshore drilling, and ocean acidification.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permissio
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.
  • AQUA 195Fisheries Practicum4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 160, AQUA 170, and AQUA 180. Students will practice assessing sites for habitat quality, sampling aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate populations in freshwater and marine environments, and stock enhancement strategies for fisheries management.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
     W 8:30a-3:00pPALM B
    4/6-6/23TTh 8:30a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
     Th 8:30a-11:00aPALM B
  • Quarter 4
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications (recommended)5 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
    1/5-3/25Online BURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    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.
  • OR

  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (85) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (256) OR RDG 085 with a B or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (86) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (255) or higher OR AENGL 100 with a C or higher OR BUS 191 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH MOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    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
    1/5-3/25Online POLLARD DOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • AENGL 100Applied 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 RDG 085 with a C or higher, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online GERNAND JOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25Online BURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • OR

  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing and live web conferencing. Students will need access to web cam and audio. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) and CAP106 (Formatting with MS Word) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications). NOTE: When this course is taught online, students will be expected to participate in two synchronous web conferences.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer scores: 71 Reading or a C or higher in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or higher in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or higher and CAP 105 with a C or higher.
  • OR

  • ENGL& 101English 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online GERNAND JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • AQUA 200Genetics in Fisheries and Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to the basics of population genetics and the evolutionary principles that determine genetic variation in both natural and artificial environments. This course will highlight current aquaculture techniques in broodstock management, improvements in breeding practices, increasing genetic diversity and sustainability, and addressing environmental considerations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 210 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 210 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 11
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  • AQUA 210Hatchery Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 200 and promote enhanced mastery of skills demonstrated in AQUA 135. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, explore hatchery operations improvement projects, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 200 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17TTh 9:00a-12:00pPALM BOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 5
  • AQUA 220Professional Development2 credits

    This course covers the fundamentals of planning and organizing job search strategies for the fisheries and aquaculture fields. Focus is placed on identifying career goals, assessing skills and accomplishments, the use of employment search tools, and creating effective application materials.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 230Current Topics3 credits

    A seminar based course that explores recent developments in technology, research, and management for the fisheries and aquaculture fields. Students will review prepared material, attend invited speaker seminars, engage in critical discussions, and prepare written evaluations of the topic. Topics will include presentations from government, tribal, non-profit, academic, and private industries for finfish and shellfish aquaculture, fisheries biology and management, and habitat restoration

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 240Independent Project2 credits

    Students will design and implement independent research and/or engineering projects in identified areas of interest. Projects may include developing new husbandry techniques, conducting lab and field experiments, or designing and building equipment and technology. There will be an emphasis on developing project management skills, including: writing project proposals, setting deadlines, and creating budgets.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 250Advanced Sampling Techniques4 credits

    This workshop based course focuses on developing advanced sampling and analysis skills commonly used in fisheries and aquaculture sciences. Students will collect and analyze sampling data from field and lab projects, including fisheries surveys, hatchery operations, and habitat assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25TTh 8:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25TTh12:00p-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 260Natural Resource Management4 credits

    In this course, students explore how to balance the ecology and economics of limited natural resources through the management of diverse stakeholder needs and evaluation of ecosystem services. These concepts will be explored through a variety of case studies focused on current natural resource management issues, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25M12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • AQUA 270Introduction to GIS for Fisheries & Aquaculture4 credits

    An introduction to geographic information sciences with a focus on spatial data management, manipulation, and display in geographic information systems (GIS). This course covers basic cartographic principles and map creation with a special emphasis on geographic information systems in fisheries and aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MTh12:00p-2:30pSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 280Field Based Experience4 credits

    In this course, students will experience supervised work and hands-on training in a professional setting. Internships will focus on fisheries and/or aquaculture fields. Sponsoring organizations may include government, private industry, non-profit, or other relevant sectors.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17ARRPALM BOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17ARRSMITH SOpenings: 24
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    1/5-3/25ARRPALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25ARRSMITH SOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23ARRPALM BOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23ARRSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 290Acquaculture Management2 credits

    In this course, students will learn aquaculture operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on culturing data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and exploring innovative approaches for improving aquaculture production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, AQUA 135, AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, AQUA 165, AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
  • Electives (5 Credit):5 credits

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences students may choose elective credits from any 100 level or higher courses with the following prefixes: ENGL, BIO, BUS, CAP, CET, CHEM, CS, CS&, ECON, ENGR, or ENGT. Courses used to fulfill General Education requirements may not be used to fulfill elective requirements.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

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

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When Can I Start?


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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the AAS degree in Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences, will be able to:

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

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Marine Sciences, University of New England

BS, Marine Biology, University of New England

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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


MS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

BS, Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology Emphasis, Western Washington University

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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


Fisheries & Aquaculture Techniques

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


88% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

69% BTC graduate placement rate

* Many Fisheries & Aquaculture students are employed outside of WA and OR. According to BTC faculty records, 88% of 2017-18 graduates seeking employment have been hired in their field of study.

Employment and wage data sources

Tuition Fees and Rates

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.

Courses

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

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS39 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture2 credits

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of fisheries and aquaculture, including an introduction to the fisheries and aquaculture industries, basic finfish and shellfish culturing, essential water quality parameters, the life cycles of common Pacific Northwest finfish and shellfish species, and industry safety practices.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-4/20Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 110Water Quality3 credits

    An introduction to water quality principles with an emphasis on aquaculture production systems and environmental habitats. Students will learn standard methods of measuring water quality and managing water quality data. This course also covers common issues with water quality and practical approaches to solving them.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
    Register for this class
  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity3 credits

    An introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, and life cycles of aquatic plants and animals, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest algae, shellfish, and finfish. This course will also cover evolutionary adaptations to aquatic environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 6
    Register for this class
  • AQUA 130Reproduction2 credits

    An introduction to reproductive biology with a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and fish. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, life history strategies, and spawning techniques for aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, And ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
    Register for this class
  • AQUA 135Hatchery Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, proper gamete handling, and calculations of reproductive metrics. Students will also apply water quality theory to lab and field projects and taxonomic tools for site surveys, hatchery operations, and aquaculture husbandry.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110 and AQUA 130 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17MW 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 4
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    9/28-12/17TTh 8:00a-12:00pSMITH SOpenings: 2
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  • Quarter 2
  • AQUA 140Growth and Nutrition3 credits

    This course will provide an overview on the nutrition and feeding of aquatic species to promote healthy and sustainable growth. There will be a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and finfish from an aquaculture perspective.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111) OR (MATH&107 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH&107) OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 150Fundamentals of Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to culturing aquatic biota for commercial production and fisheries stock enhancement, with an emphasis on commonly used culturing systems, shellfish and finfish husbandry, and hatchery operations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111 or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 165Aquaculture Practicum3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 190. Students will practice culturing techniques for algae, shellfish, and finfish species, including: stocking systems based on condition factors, recording growth and mortality metrics, monitoring embryonic and juvenile development, creating feeding schedules, and monitoring aquatic animal health.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 all with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 190 and and AMATH 111 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/25MW12:00p-3:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
  • AQUA 190Toxicology and Diseases3 credits

    An introduction to shellfish and finfish diseases and environmental toxicology. This course will cover the biology and ecology of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Students will also learn the sources and exposure routes of pollutants and pathogens, lymphatic and behavioral responses, and commonly used diagnostics and treatments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, and AQUA 165 all with a C- or better and AMATH 111 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AQUA 160Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of fisheries biology and the population dynamics of crustacean, shellfish, and fish species, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest stocks. The course will include an overview of fisheries gear, technology, sampling techniques, and data collection for stock assessments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Th12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 170Freshwater Ecology3 credits

    An introduction to the ecology of rivers, lakes, and other freshwater systems with an emphasis on physical and chemical interactions with biotic communities. This course covers the effects of land use practices on freshwater habitats and techniques for mitigating habitat degradation. Students also will examine the habitat, ecology, and management of invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23F 8:30a-10:30aSMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 180Oceanography3 credits

    An introduction to the principles of oceanography, with an overview of the physical, geological, chemical, and biological components of marine environments. This course will cover plate tectonics, circulation and currents, weather events, and coastal and pelagic ecosystems. Students will also learn about issues affecting the Pacific Ocean, such as polar ice cap melting, offshore drilling, and ocean acidification.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permissio
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.
  • AQUA 195Fisheries Practicum4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 160, AQUA 170, and AQUA 180. Students will practice assessing sites for habitat quality, sampling aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate populations in freshwater and marine environments, and stock enhancement strategies for fisheries management.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 160, AQUA 170 and and AQUA 180 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 12
     W 8:30a-3:00pPALM B
    4/6-6/23TTh 8:30a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 12
     Th 8:30a-11:00aPALM B
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS39 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Fisheries & Aquaculture Techniques Certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear, and release fish.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Demonstrate 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


MS, Marine Sciences, University of New England

BS, Marine Biology, University of New England

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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


MS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

BS, Environmental Science-Freshwater Ecology Emphasis, Western Washington University

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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


New Aquaculture Science (NEW)

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.

Courses

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

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS21 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture2 credits

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of fisheries and aquaculture, including an introduction to the fisheries and aquaculture industries, basic finfish and shellfish culturing, essential water quality parameters, the life cycles of common Pacific Northwest finfish and shellfish species, and industry safety practices.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-4/20Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 110Water Quality3 credits

    An introduction to water quality principles with an emphasis on aquaculture production systems and environmental habitats. Students will learn standard methods of measuring water quality and managing water quality data. This course also covers common issues with water quality and practical approaches to solving them.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
    Register for this class
  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity3 credits

    An introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, and life cycles of aquatic plants and animals, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest algae, shellfish, and finfish. This course will also cover evolutionary adaptations to aquatic environments.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PALM BOpenings: 6
    Register for this class
  • AQUA 130Reproduction2 credits

    An introduction to reproductive biology with a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and fish. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, life history strategies, and spawning techniques for aquaculture.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (75) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (254) or higher OR MATH 090 with a C or higher, and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or higher, And ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100 OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SMITH SOpenings: 5
    Register for this class
  • Quarter 2
  • AQUA 140Growth and Nutrition3 credits

    This course will provide an overview on the nutrition and feeding of aquatic species to promote healthy and sustainable growth. There will be a focus on crustaceans, shellfish, and finfish from an aquaculture perspective.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111) OR (MATH&107 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in MATH&107) OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 150Fundamentals of Aquaculture3 credits

    An introduction to culturing aquatic biota for commercial production and fisheries stock enhancement, with an emphasis on commonly used culturing systems, shellfish and finfish husbandry, and hatchery operations.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130, and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AMATH 111 with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in AMATH 111 or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 190Toxicology and Diseases3 credits

    An introduction to shellfish and finfish diseases and environmental toxicology. This course will cover the biology and ecology of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Students will also learn the sources and exposure routes of pollutants and pathogens, lymphatic and behavioral responses, and commonly used diagnostics and treatments.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 140, AQUA 150, AQUA 160, and AQUA 165 all with a C- or better and AMATH 111 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online PALM BOpenings: 24
  • AQUA 220Professional Development2 credits

    This course covers the fundamentals of planning and organizing job search strategies for the fisheries and aquaculture fields. Focus is placed on identifying career goals, assessing skills and accomplishments, the use of employment search tools, and creating effective application materials.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25Online SMITH SOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS21 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


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

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Fisheries & Aquaculture Techniques Certificate will be able to:

  • Analyze aquaculture-related water quality issues and create appropriate maintenance and treatment plans for flow-through and recirculating systems.
  • Describe common aquatic lifecycles and modern culturing techniques for optimal hatchery production, including proper health, feeding, and spawning.
  • Communicate information in a professional setting for career success in the aquaculture industry.