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Degrees & Classes

Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences

Associate Applied Science - Transfer Degree for Fisheries Aquaculture Science

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

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

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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 $50,918, with an earning potential of about $63,544 per year.*

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

Potential Positions

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

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

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Lab and Field Safety1 credits

    An introduction to lab and field safety, with an emphasis on workplace ergonomics, hazardous chemical usage and storage, proper handling and maintenance of gear and equipment, and OSHA regulations.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-10/2Online SMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7F 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity4 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7TF12:00p-1:30pPALM BOpenings: 14
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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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7W12:00p-2:00pSMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • AQUA 135Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, including wet and dry fertilizations, 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7M 8:00a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 6
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  • Quarter 2
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

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

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

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    9/18-12/6TTh10:30a-12:40pNEWTON KOpenings: 15
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    9/18-12/7Online MOYLE VOpenings: 14
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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 Instructor permission.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    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
    9/18-12/7M12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
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  • AQUA 165Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 160. 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, and creating feeding schedules. Students will be introduced to aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, practice using common fishing knots to repair and maintain fisheries gear, and manage databases for 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.
  • Quarter 3
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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.
  • AQUA 195Practicum III4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 170, AQUA 180, and AQUA 190. Students will practice techniques for habitat assessments and sampling methodology for aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater and marine environments. This course also covers disease monitoring and implementing treatment plans for sustainable aquaculture, along with advanced husbandry practices for rearing juveniles.

    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.
  • 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.

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  • BUS 171 *Technical Communications (recommended)5 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 better in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or better in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or better and CAP 105 with a C or better.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 8
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • 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 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7W12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
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  • AQUA 210Practicum IV3 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, AQUA 165, and AQUA 195. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, conduct fertilization and developmental studies, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 7
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  • Quarter 5
  • 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 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. Topics may include: benthic macroinvertebrate assessments, aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, population dynamics calculations, and food web analysis for marine and freshwater ecosystems.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. These concepts will be applied to multiple case studies, including an examination of the four leading causes of wild salmon population decline in the Pacific Northwest (hatcheries, harvest, habitat, and hydropower).

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

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    9/19-12/5MW 5:30p-8:30pWILKINSON GOpenings: 15
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:30a-11:30aFREEDMAN GOpenings: 12
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    1/4-3/22MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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  • 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 mapping aquatic habitats and fish population distributions.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 220, AQUA 230, AQUA 240, AQUA 250, and AQUA 260 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • *Five Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list5 credits

  • Required Elective Credit1 credits

  • Electives
  • Required One Elective Credit from the Following List:

  • AQUA 290Advanced Hatchery Techniques2 credits

    Students will build on skills acquired Practicum I, II, and III to learn hatchery operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on hatchery data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and creating innovative approaches for improving hatchery production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    All AQUA 100 level courses all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7F 9:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 22
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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

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    9/19-12/5MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 15
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 18
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    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 20
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    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

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    9/18-12/7Online HATCH LOpenings: 15
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  • ENVS& 101Fundamentals of Environmental Science5 credits

    Basic lab science course designed to give students a solid foundation in ecology and current human disturbances of ecological systems. Topics will include basic ecosystem structure and function, including energy flow, biochemical cycles, limiting factors, climate, population dynamics, and community interactions. Course will also focus on human population growth, pollution of various ecosystems, and agriculture. Special focus in lab will be on understanding aquatic ecosystems and human induced disturbances of marine, lake, and riparian systems.

    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.
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

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

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

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

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?


To start taking classes in the Fisheries program, you must meet the minimum entry requirements below:

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or higher or MATH 090 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence score of 71 or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.
  • For this degree, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program requires students to complete MATH& 107 or a higher level transferable Math class prior to graduation and preferably in the student’s second quarter. These Math classes require higher math placement scores than the program entry requirements. If your ACCUPLACER College Level Math score is less than 75, please meet with either a general advisor or a program instructor to receive assistance in planning the appropriate Math class sequence.

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

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

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Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


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Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


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

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

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

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

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

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

Potential Positions

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

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

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Lab and Field Safety1 credits

    An introduction to lab and field safety, with an emphasis on workplace ergonomics, hazardous chemical usage and storage, proper handling and maintenance of gear and equipment, and OSHA regulations.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-10/2Online SMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7F 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity4 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7TF12:00p-1:30pPALM BOpenings: 14
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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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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  • AQUA 135Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, including wet and dry fertilizations, 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 or Instructor permission.

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  • Quarter 2
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

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

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

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    9/18-12/6TTh10:30a-12:40pNEWTON KOpenings: 15
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    9/18-12/7Online MOYLE VOpenings: 14
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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 Instructor permission.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    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
    9/18-12/7M12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
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  • AQUA 165Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 160. 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, and creating feeding schedules. Students will be introduced to aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, practice using common fishing knots to repair and maintain fisheries gear, and manage databases for 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.
  • Quarter 3
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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.
  • AQUA 195Practicum III4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 170, AQUA 180, and AQUA 190. Students will practice techniques for habitat assessments and sampling methodology for aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater and marine environments. This course also covers disease monitoring and implementing treatment plans for sustainable aquaculture, along with advanced husbandry practices for rearing juveniles.

    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.
  • 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.

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    9/18-12/6TTh 5:30p-7:40pSMITH MOpenings: 19
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    9/18-12/7Online SMITH MOpenings: 16
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    9/18-12/7Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 18
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    9/18-12/7Online BURNS JOpenings: 13
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    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

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

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

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    9/18-12/4T 5:30p-7:40pNELSON NOpenings: 14
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    9/19-12/7MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 13
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    9/19-12/5MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
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    9/18-12/7Online HATCH LOpenings: 2
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    9/18-12/7Online HATCH LOpenings: 23
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    1/3-3/21TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/7-3/20MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7W12:00p-2:00pPALM BOpenings: 12
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  • AQUA 210Practicum IV3 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, AQUA 165, and AQUA 195. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, conduct fertilization and developmental studies, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7MW 8:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 7
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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.
  • 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 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. Topics may include: benthic macroinvertebrate assessments, aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, population dynamics calculations, and food web analysis for marine and freshwater ecosystems.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. These concepts will be applied to multiple case studies, including an examination of the four leading causes of wild salmon population decline in the Pacific Northwest (hatcheries, harvest, habitat, and hydropower).

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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 mapping aquatic habitats and fish population distributions.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 220, AQUA 230, AQUA 240, AQUA 250, and AQUA 260 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • *Five Credits from the AAS-T Acceptable Transferable Courses list5 credits

  • Required Electives Credits2 credits

  • Electives
  • Required Two Elective Credits from the Following List:

  • AQUA 290Advanced Hatchery Techniques2 credits

    Students will build on skills acquired Practicum I, II, and III to learn hatchery operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on hatchery data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and creating innovative approaches for improving hatchery production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    All AQUA 100 level courses all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7F 9:00a-11:00aPALM BOpenings: 22
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  • 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.

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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

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  • CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 20
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  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
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  • ENVS& 101Fundamentals of Environmental Science5 credits

    Basic lab science course designed to give students a solid foundation in ecology and current human disturbances of ecological systems. Topics will include basic ecosystem structure and function, including energy flow, biochemical cycles, limiting factors, climate, population dynamics, and community interactions. Course will also focus on human population growth, pollution of various ecosystems, and agriculture. Special focus in lab will be on understanding aquatic ecosystems and human induced disturbances of marine, lake, and riparian systems.

    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.
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

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

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    9/19-12/7MWF12:30p-1:50pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 6
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

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Entry Information

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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?


To start taking classes in the Fisheries program, you must meet the minimum entry requirements below:

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or higher or MATH 090 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence score of 71 or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.
  • For this degree, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program requires students to complete MATH& 107 or a higher level transferable Math class prior to graduation and preferably in the student’s second quarter. These Math classes require higher math placement scores than the program entry requirements. If your ACCUPLACER College Level Math score is less than 75, please meet with either a general advisor or a program instructor to receive assistance in planning the appropriate Math class sequence.

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

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

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Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


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Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fisheries & Aquaculture Science Programs

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

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Fisheries & Aquaculture Jobs & Employment

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

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

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

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,588 starting annual wage

$50,918 average annual wage

$63,544 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

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

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

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

Potential Positions

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

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

Courses

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Lab and Field Safety1 credits

    An introduction to lab and field safety, with an emphasis on workplace ergonomics, hazardous chemical usage and storage, proper handling and maintenance of gear and equipment, and OSHA regulations.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity4 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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  • AQUA 135Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, including wet and dry fertilizations, 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 or Instructor permission.

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  • Quarter 2
  • MATH& 107Math in Society (recommended)5 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Instructor permission.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    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.

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  • AQUA 165Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 160. 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, and creating feeding schedules. Students will be introduced to aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, practice using common fishing knots to repair and maintain fisheries gear, and manage databases for 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.
  • Quarter 3
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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.
  • AQUA 195Practicum III4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 170, AQUA 180, and AQUA 190. Students will practice techniques for habitat assessments and sampling methodology for aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater and marine environments. This course also covers disease monitoring and implementing treatment plans for sustainable aquaculture, along with advanced husbandry practices for rearing juveniles.

    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.
  • 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.

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  • BUS 171 *Technical Communications (recommended)5 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 better in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or better in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or better and CAP 105 with a C or better.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 8
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  • 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 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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  • AQUA 210Practicum IV3 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, AQUA 165, and AQUA 195. Students will implement broodstock management techniques, conduct fertilization and developmental studies, and practice project management skills during the spawning season.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 170, AQUA 180, AQUA 190, and AQUA 195 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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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.
  • 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 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. Topics may include: benthic macroinvertebrate assessments, aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, population dynamics calculations, and food web analysis for marine and freshwater ecosystems.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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. These concepts will be applied to multiple case studies, including an examination of the four leading causes of wild salmon population decline in the Pacific Northwest (hatcheries, harvest, habitat, and hydropower).

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 200 with a C- or better and AQUA 210 with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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 mapping aquatic habitats and fish population distributions.

    Prerequisite:
    AQUA 220, AQUA 230, AQUA 240, AQUA 250, and AQUA 260 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • Required Electives Credits7 credits

  • Electives
  • Required Seven Elective Credits from the Following List:

  • AQUA 290Advanced Hatchery Techniques2 credits

    Students will build on skills acquired Practicum I, II, and III to learn hatchery operations from a management perspective. This course focuses on hatchery data collection and reporting as required under federal and state regulations, monitoring losses for early warning indicators, and creating innovative approaches for improving hatchery production and efficiency.

    Prerequisite:
    All AQUA 100 level courses all with a C- or better or Instructor permission.

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  • Note: AQUA 290 has a credit range of 1-2 credits.

  • 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.

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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

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  • CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 20
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  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

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  • ENVS& 101Fundamentals of Environmental Science5 credits

    Basic lab science course designed to give students a solid foundation in ecology and current human disturbances of ecological systems. Topics will include basic ecosystem structure and function, including energy flow, biochemical cycles, limiting factors, climate, population dynamics, and community interactions. Course will also focus on human population growth, pollution of various ecosystems, and agriculture. Special focus in lab will be on understanding aquatic ecosystems and human induced disturbances of marine, lake, and riparian systems.

    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.
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

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

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

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Entry Information

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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?


To start taking classes in the Fisheries program, you must meet the minimum entry requirements below:

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or higher or MATH 090 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence score of 71 or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.
  • The Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program requires students to complete either AMATH 111, MATH& 107 or a higher level transferable Math class prior to graduation and preferably in the student’s second quarter. These Math classes require higher math placement scores than the program entry requirements. If your ACCUPLACER algebra score is less than 75, please meet with either a general advisor or a program instructor to receive assistance in planning the appropriate Math class sequence.

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

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

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Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


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Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


Fisheries Resources Certificate

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

Employment Information

58% BTC graduate placement rate

$25,522 starting annual wage

$31,054 average annual wage

$46,800 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

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

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

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

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

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS39 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AQUA 100Lab and Field Safety1 credits

    An introduction to lab and field safety, with an emphasis on workplace ergonomics, hazardous chemical usage and storage, proper handling and maintenance of gear and equipment, and OSHA regulations.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-10/2Online SMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 120, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7F 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 14
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  • AQUA 120Aquatic Biodiversity4 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 130 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7TF12:00p-1:30pPALM BOpenings: 14
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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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 135 or Instructor permission.

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  • AQUA 135Practicum I4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 110, AQUA 120, and AQUA 130. Students will practice spawning techniques, including wet and dry fertilizations, 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or MATH 090 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in AQUA 100, AQUA 110, AQUA 120 and AQUA 130 or Instructor permission.

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    9/18-12/7M 8:00a-3:00pSMITH SOpenings: 6
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    9/18-12/7T 9:00a-11:00aSMITH SOpenings: 6
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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 Instructor permission.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    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.

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  • AQUA 165Practicum II3 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 140, AQUA 150, and AQUA 160. 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, and creating feeding schedules. Students will be introduced to aging techniques for shellfish and finfish, practice using common fishing knots to repair and maintain fisheries gear, and manage databases for 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.
  • Quarter 3
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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:
    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.
  • 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.
  • AQUA 195Practicum III4 credits

    This lab course provides hands on training to reinforce the learning objectives in AQUA 170, AQUA 180, and AQUA 190. Students will practice techniques for habitat assessments and sampling methodology for aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate species in freshwater and marine environments. This course also covers disease monitoring and implementing treatment plans for sustainable aquaculture, along with advanced husbandry practices for rearing juveniles.

    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.
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?


To start taking classes in the Fisheries program, you must meet the minimum entry requirements below:

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 75 or higher or MATH 090 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence score of 71 or higher or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

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

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

Brittany Palm - Instructor image

Brittany Palm

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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


Sara Smith - Instructor image

Sara Smith

Area of Instruction


Fisheries & Aquaculture

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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