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Fisheries Technology

Jobs availability in the fisheries workforce is good. Right now there is a shortage of fisheries technicians and fisheries biologists in the State of Alaska, a trend predicted to continue for at least the next 10 years. This program can help you get the education you need to obtain one of the many jobs currently open in this field.

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Occupational endorsements are programs of study designed to give students intensive training in a specific occupational field.

Typically an occupational endorsement is less than 30 credits, and is not an eligible program for financial aid.

Occupational Endorsement

Fisheries Technology

Emphasis options include either Alaska Salmon Enhancement or Fisheries Management.

Alaska Salmon Enhancement

This occupational endorsement provides training for students interested in salmon enhancement careers. Courses introduce students to the fundamentals of fisheries enhancement techniques and basic fisheries biology. The knowledge and skills learned in this program are essential to workforce development in the fish culture sector.

Fisheries Management Emphasis

This occupational endorsement provides lecture and training for students entering into fisheries management occupations. Courses introduce students to subjects spanning international and local fisheries management doctrine, fisheries law, fisheries economics and fisheries biology. The knowledge learned in this program will provide students with a base of knowledge to work in state or federal fisheries management.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Alaska Salmon Enhancement Emphasis

Minimum Credit Hours14
FTS120Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska3
FTS122Alaska Salmon Culture I3
FTS222Alaska Salmon Culture II3
FTS273Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology4

Select one from the following (1 credits):

FTS230Alaska Salmon Culture Lab1
FTS291Fisheries Technology Internship1

Fisheries Management Emphasis

Minimum Credit Hours14
FTS120Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska3
FTS211Fisheries Management Techniques3
FTS272Fisheries Management, Law and Economics3
FTS273Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology4

Select one from the following (1 credit):

FTS111Fish Management Techniques Lab1
FTS291Fisheries Technology Internship1

Fisheries Technology Certificate

Certificates are programs of study designed to prepare students to secure entry-level employment in their chosen field.

Typically a certificate is 30 credits (one year).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Fish Culture Emphasis

Minimum Credit Hours32
General Requirements11
Program Requirements21

General Requirements

Written and Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3
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
STATS107Survey of Statistics4

Science Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

BIOLS103Biology and Society4
BIOLS104Natural History of Alaska4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4

Program Requirements

FTS120Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska3
FTS122Alaska Salmon Culture I3
FTS222Alaska Salmon Culture II3
FTS273Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology4
FTS291Fisheries Technology Internship3

Select one from the following (1 credit):

CIOSS135Using Spreadsheets in the Workplace1
CIOSS140Using Databases in the Workplace1

Select one from the following (3 credits):

FTS110Fundamentals of Fisheries Oceanography3
FTS270Introduction to Limnology3

Select one from the following (1 credit):

FTS230Alaska Salmon Culture Lab1
MTRS119Small Vessel Operator1
MTRS120Outboard Motor Maintenance1

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Fisheries Management Emphasis

Minimum Credit Hours32
General Requirements11
Program Requirements21

General Requirements

Written and Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3
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
STATS107Survey of Statistics4

Science Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

BIOLS103Biology and Society4
BIOLS104Natural History of Alaska4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Program Requirements

CIOSS135Using Spreadsheets in the Workplace1
FTS111Fisheries Management Techniques Lab1
FTS120Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska3
FTS211Fisheries Management Techniques3
FTS272Fisheries Management, Law, Economics3
FTS273Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology4
FTS291Fisheries Technology Internship3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

FTS110Fundamentals of Fisheries Oceanography3
FTS270Introduction to Limnology3

Associate of Applied Science: Fisheries Technology

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

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

Science

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

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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FT Classes: Spring - 2016


Hands-on approach to common sampling and monitoring techniques and parameters utilized by fish technicians in Alaska fisheries. Sampling techniques include setting minnow traps, beach seining, plankton sampling, habitat assessment, and data collection. Graded Pass/Fail.

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38126T90Joel Markis
OTKETCH
4/15 - 4/17

The Fisheries Techniques Lab is geared towards students and professionals looking to get some hands on experience in a variety of different fisheries techniques. The three day course covers both freshwater and marine habitats and is field based. Students can expect to come away with a foundation of basic skills which will allow them to conduct a variety of fisheries tasks including capture, handling, identification and habitat assessment. Some topics which will be covered in the lab are: Stream Survey Techniques, Fish Capture, Fish Handling, Habitat Assessment, Fish Identification, Hydrology, Water Quality, and Marine Sampling.

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

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39155T91Joel Markis
OTKODIA
4/22 - 4/24

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

The principles, concepts and techniques of fisheries management, enhancement and rehabilitation in Alaska are reviewed in terms of the biological, economics, social, and political aspects. Topics include overviews of Alaska fishing gear and geographical areas of salmon, herring, bottom and invertebrate fisheries; management methods; enhancement and rehabilitation techniques, data collection and usage.

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38128TD1James Seeland
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

This course is a stacked hybrid class with local Sitka students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor is via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38896TD2Reid Brewer
DISTWEB
1/11 - 4/30

This eLearning course is delivered entirely on an iPad. Students who do not have access to an iPad may check one out from instructional services, 907-747-7700 or sitka.distance@uas.alaska.edu. Please note: Students interested in this course delivered in real time with scheduled meetings should register for the section FT 120-TD1.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

This course is intended to broadening student's understanding of the wide variety of fisheries careers that are available in our state. Each week students will be exposed to a different marine science career, job requirements, educational background and compensation. This is a great class for students that are looking for direction in a marine science career and may want to know more and talk to those already in the industry. Jobs may include Fish and Game field technician, hatchery technician, Scientific Diver, research technician and many others. Students will learn about what Career Pathways opportunities are available in Alaska and how they can start preparing for those pathways now.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39156TD3
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38132TD1Joel Markis
OTJNU
1/25 - 1/29

Fisheries policy and an understanding oh how fisheries laws are created and amended is extremely important in either managing or advocating for fisheries resources in Alaska. The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is an international fisheries organization represented by United States and Canadian members responsible for the management and conservation of Pacific Halibut within the Pacific Ocean. This class will explore first hand by attending board meetings how policy and procedures are created and how the international organizations work together to manage fisheries. Students will gain an understanding of fisheries policy, international fisheries management, and the IPHC process. Students will not only learn how the proposals are drafted, how proposals are vetted and refined, and how proposals get enacted into law, but will also participate in these meetings first hand with their instructor.

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

This course will train students to use scuba as a research tool, assist students to become eligible to join the UA diving program and assist current AAUS students in remaining active in the UA dive program. Successful completion of the course will allow students to dive on UA sanctioned diving projects and have reciprocity to dive with other universities and government agencies. Students will participate in classroom or distance delivered lectures before the mandatory week long field intensive in Sitka, AK.

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38130TD2Joel Markis
DISTWEB
1/11 - 4/30
SITKA
3/13 - 3/19

This course can certify students with a Dive Rescue and Dry Suit Specialty (Scuba Educators International ESI). Coursework for these specialties is conducted as part of the class. If you would like a SEI certification card, there is a SEI card fee.

Tuition and fees: $430 (additional charges may apply)

Presents common sampling and monitoring techniques and parameters utilized by fish technicians in Alaska fisheries. Provides instruction on field safety and survival techniques. Introduces students to nets, stream survey techniques, intertidal assessment, fish counts, habitat assessment, and data collection, recording, and presentation.

Prerequisite: FT S273 or co-enrollment.

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38136TD1Joel Markis
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

In this course students will learn common sampling and monitoring techniques and parameters used by fisheries professionals in Alaska. Introduces students to active and passive fish capture techniques, fish handling, stream survey techniques, habitat assessment, data collection, field safety and survival techniques. This course is the foundation of fisheries science and has applications to numerous aquatic fields. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance course.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

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38901T01Joel Markis
SC206
Thursday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

In this course students will learn common sampling and monitoring techniques and parameters used by fisheries professionals in Alaska. Introduces students to active and passive fish capture techniques, fish handling, stream survey techniques, habitat assessment, data collection, field safety and survival techniques. This course is the foundation of fisheries science and has applications to numerous aquatic fields.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

The second course of a two semester sequence which introduces students to the principles, concepts and methods used in the production of Pacific salmon with an emphasis on modern fish culture techniques used by Alaska producers. Methods used to enhance and rehabilitate the five species of Pacific salmon harvested in the commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries of Alaska and Northwestern United States will be covered in detail. Provides students with understanding of regulations and guidelines established by the state of Alaska to administer salmon enhancement programs through private non-profit aquaculture association.

Prerequisite: FT S122

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38149TD1James Seeland
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

This course is a stacked hybrid class with local Sitka students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with the instructor is via e-mail and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

The principles, concepts and techniques of limnology sampling in association with fisheries research, management and enhancement are presented in a technical application format. Topics include physical and biological characteristics of freshwater systems, and data collection, management and interpretation.

Prerequisite: MATH S105 or MATH S151 or STAT 107, and ENGL S111, and FT S120

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38142TD1Joel Markis
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

This course is an introduction to freshwater systems, including streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and the linkages among these systems. Material in this course will provide a basic understanding of the integration of physical, chemical and biological features of ecosystems that influence the productivity of lakes and streams. Students will take away principles, concepts and techniques of limnology sampling in association with fisheries research, management and enhancement. Topics include physical and biological characteristics of freshwater systems, and data collection, management and interpretation. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance course.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38905T01Joel Markis
SC206
Tuesday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

This course is an introduction to freshwater systems, including streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and the linkages among these systems. Material in this course will provide a basic understanding of the integration of physical, chemical and biological features of ecosystems that influence the productivity of lakes and streams. Students will take away principles, concepts and techniques of limnology sampling in association with fisheries research, management and enhancement. Topics include physical and biological characteristics of freshwater systems, and data collection, management and interpretation.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to the major groups of fishes with particular emphasis on fishes of the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Lecture, laboratory, and field work will introduce students to fin fish and shell fish. Identification and classification, anatomy and physiology, age and growth, reproduction and behavior will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on commercially important fish species of Alaska.

Prerequisite: FT S120 or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38154TD1Reid Brewer
SC206
Monday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:00p - 7:30p
1/11 - 4/30

This course is a stacked hybrid class with local Sitka students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Additional information available at the course website www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling 907-747-7700 or 800-478-6653 x7700. Order books from MBS Direct. Go to www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

Work in an approved fisheries agency or natural resource based industry with a fisheries emphasis. The student is to be supervised by a senior employee of the agency in cooperation with the faculty advisor.

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38156T01Reid Brewer
SITKA
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $190; (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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