When practiced responsibly, aquaculture is recognized as one of the most environmentally sustainable and efficient methods of food and protein production. In addition to feeding the expanding global population, aquaculture also provides vast economic opportunities.
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 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.
- Degree: B.S. Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management
- Credit Hours: 120 total credit hours
Upon graduation, students are qualified to apply for the American Fisheries Society’s Associate Fisheries Professional certification. After gaining professional experience, former students can later earn the title of American Fisheries Society Certified Fisheries Professional. Graduates of Aquaculture and Fisheries track are qualified for 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.