The Aquaculture and Fisheries Management track blends chemistry, mathematics, and biology basics with the advanced techniques necessary to sustainably manage wild fish populations or inland fishery/aquaculture operations. Courses are designed to focus on the integration of applied fisheries management and aquaculture production disciplines, preparing students to handle traditional and emerging, complex issues. Core areas of study include fish biology and disease, hatchery management, commercial aquaculture production, restoration and stock enhancement aquaculture, aquatic ecosystem management, and water quality management.
Upon graduation, students will meet the basic qualifications to apply for the American Fisheries Society’s Associate Fisheries Professional certification, and later the Certified Fisheries Professional certification following professional experience, providing competitive credentials in today’s job market. Students will be prepared to seek employment in a variety of careers spanning government agencies, such as Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or private aquaculture operations.