Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences

Associate of Science - Specialization in Environmental Sciences or Specialization in Biology

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 ecosystems.

TCC offers courses that cover the first two years of a typical 4-year Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses. This degree (with the four-year bachelor’s degree) prepares students for a wide range of careers, including salmon hatchery technician, marine or freshwater technician, stream technician, teacher, ecologist, marine biologist and many others.

Students must choose a specialization in Environmental Sciences or Biology and will be assigned TCC advisors who understand the specialization requirements.

Transfer Options 

The Associate in Science Degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities). Students who successfully transfer and meet entry requirements will be granted junior standing upon transfer. 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 Program

 
Prerequisites
Degree Requirements
Recommended Class Schedule: Environmental Science
Recommended Class Schedule: Biology
Career Options

 

While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Post high-school, students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.

 

 
Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
Written Communication Skills
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
Quantitative Skills
MATH& 151  Calculus I 5
MATH& 152  Calculus II or above, with advisor approval 5
Humanities & Social Sciences Distribution Requirements (15 credits)
Specialization Courses (40–75 credits)
College-level Elective Courses (0–30 credits)

 

The following elective choices are strongly recommended:
ENVS& 101, OCEA& 101, BIOL 140, GEOG/ENVS 210, GEOL 179, OCEA 179 or ENVS 179.

At least five credits applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course. See the Associate of Science Degree in the TCC Catalog for the complete description of the degree requirements.

 

Fall Winter Spring
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
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

 

 

We recommend the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in wildlife biology and earn the Associate Degree in Science Degree -- Biology Specialization. 

  • 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 Washington State University Wildlife Biology program.

At least five credits applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course.  See the Associate of Science Degree in the TCC Catalog for the complete description of the degree requirements.

Fall Winter Spring
First Year
CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
Humanities
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 or MATH& 146
BIOL& 221
Second Year
BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
Elective
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Elective
Social Science
CHEM& 263
ECON& 201

 

 

Along with a four-year bachelor’s degree, this program prepares students for a wide range of careers, including salmon hatchery technician, marine or freshwater technician, stream technician, teacher, ecologist, marine biologist and many others.

 

Contact Us

Shaun Henderson Faculty Advisor for Marine Biology

shenderson@tacomacc.edu

Bldg. 15-138

253-460-4348