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The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Fisheries Technology at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus provides a broad educational and practical foundation in the field. Students completing the A.A.S. degree will be prepared to pursue a four-year degree program with the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, or for entry-level employment in federal and state agencies, hatcheries, and the private sector. Online courses are available, offering maximum flexibility for students.

Fisheries technicians work in a wide variety of fields and for a wide variety of agencies, both private and public. Potential positions include:

  • Fisheries technician
  • Fish culturist
  • Fishery observer
  • Fish and wildlife surveyor
  • Habitat restoration technician
  • Stream surveyor
  • Fisheries management assistant
  • Hatchery technician

Many fisheries technology careers offer an attractive quality of life and great potential for advancement. Agencies often looking for fisheries technology employees include:

  • State Department of Fish and Game
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • Salmon Hatcheries
  • Native Corporations
  • Aquaculture / Mariculture Industry

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

The AAS in Fisheries Technology requires a minimum of sixty credit hours and a GPA of 2.50. Of the 60 credits, students must complete 20 credits at the 200 level or above. Students must earn 6 credit hours of internship.

Minimum Credit Hours60
General Education Requirements17
Major Requirements43

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computational Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

MATHS105Intermediate Algebra4
MATHS151College Algebra for Calculus4


Select one from the following (4 credits):

BIOLS103Biology and Society4
BIOLS104Natural History of Alaska4
CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
Students interested in pursuing a bachelor›s degree should take MATH S151. BIOL S105 and BIOL S106 is an allowable substitution for BIOL S103 and BIOL S104.

Major Requirements

CISS105Computer Literacy3
FTS110Fundamentals of Fisheries Oceanography3
FTS111Fisheries Management Techniques Lab1
FTS120Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska3
FTS122Alaska Salmon Culture II3
FTS211Fisheries Management Techniques3
FTS222Alaska Salmon Culture II3
FTS270Introduction to Limnology3
FTS272Fisheries Management, Law, Economics3
FTS273Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology4
FTS291Fisheries Technology Internship6

Select 8 credits from the following:

BAS166Small Business Management3
CISS235Spreadsheet Concepts and Applications3
CISS240Database Concepts and Applications3
FTS230Alaska Salmon Culture Lab1
MTRS119Skiff Operator1
MTRS120Outboard Motor Maintenance1
PES103Scuba Diving1
STATS107Survey of Statistics4
___S__Advisor-approved electives0-4
___S__Any of the science GERs not taken above4

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fisheries Technology requires completion of English S111 and Math S105.

Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.

We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.

For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.

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Fisheries Technology

Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, Alaska

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The UAS Pathway to Employment Project is 100% funded through a $2,507,463 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. UAS is an AA/EO employer and educational institution. 


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