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Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

The study of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences is dedicated to sustaining healthy marine and freshwater environments. It has a wide focus from the organism to the ecosystem scale. We examine human-induced effects on ecosystems, such as habitat change and restoration, climate change and effects of invasive species on marine and freshwater ecosystemsPhoto of small fish.

Contact Shaun Henderson Faculty Advisor for Marine Biology.

Careers in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Salmon hatchery technician
Marine or freshwater technician
Stream technician
Teacher
Ecologist
Environmental impact report writer
Fisheries law
Marine biologist
Oceanography

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Once you complete your associate degree at TCC, you can apply to the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. Western Washington University’s College of Science and Engineering also has a BS in Biology - Marine Emphasis (additional physics courses are required for this program).

Degree Options: Associate of Science (PDF) degree with a Specialization in Environmental Sciences or a Specialization in Biology

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule if specializing in Environmental Science: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Sciences degree with a Specialization in Environmental Science.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
Elective (Sugg. ENVS& 101 or BIOL 140)
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 163
GEOL& 101
BIOL& 221

Second Year

FallWinterSpring
BIOL& 222
PHYS 114
Elective (Sugg. ENVS& 101 or BIOL 140)
BIOL& 223
Humanities
Social Science
MATH& 146 or BUS 256
Elective (Sugg. GEOG/ENVS 210)
Humanities
  • The following elective choices are strongly recommended: ENVS& 101, OCEA& 101, BIOL 140, GEOG/ENVS 210, GEOL 179, OCEA 179 or ENVS 179.

Recommended Class Schedule if specializing in Biology: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in wildlife biology and earn the Associate Degree of Science, Biology.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
Humanities
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 or MATH& 146
BIOL& 221

Second Year

FallWinterSpring
BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
Elective
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Elective
Social Science
CHEM& 263
ECON& 201
  • PHYS 114 and 115, or PHYS 221 and 222 are strongly recommended as elective courses.
  • 5 credits of microeconomics (ECON& 201) is required for entry to the WSU Wildlife Biology program.

Notes for both specializations

  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a zoology and biology advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List

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