SAFS Majors – Autumn 2014 Courses and Registration Info

The Autumn Quarter 2014 Time Schedule is now available (All UW or FISH only) – registration begins on May 9. I’ve included a list of courses below that satisfy degree requirements, for reference.

  • If you have started or completed the BIOL series, BIOL 180, 200 or 220 would be a good choice (since many upper division FISH courses have BIOL as a pre-req) – note that BIOL 200 has a pre-req of CHEM 220.
  • CHEM 120 is only offered in Summer and Autumn quarter – if you still need CHEM 120, be sure to take it in one of these quarters
  • Other good choices in Summer or Autumn quarter… PHYS 114, MATH 124 or 125, Q SCI 291 or 292
  • CHEM 142 is offered every quarter


  • Q SCI 381 is offered every quarter (pre-req MATH 120, Q SCI 190, or a 2 on Adv AP)

Physical World – Autumn quarter is a great time to take care of one of your Physical World classes:

  • OCEAN 210 Ocean Circulation (required for Marine Bio minor) – NOTE: this course is increasing in credits from 3cr to 4cr, effective Autumn 2014
  • ATM S 211 Climate Change
  • OCEAN/ESS 230 Rivers and Beaches
  • GEOG 205 Physical Environment
  • PHYS 115 and 116 are both on the approved list of courses and are offered every quarter
  • We may also possibly offer FISH 330 in Autumn 2014 (instead of Spring 2015) – stay tuned

VLPA/I&S/NW – If you still need any Gen Eds, consider taking one of these courses to satisfy any remaining Areas of Knowledge requirements:

  • COM 220 (VLPA or I&S)
  • FISH 250 Marine Biology (I&S, overlapping)
  • Many, many, many other courses at the UW will satisfy your AoKs – just start browsing!

Required FISH Courses – these courses are restricted to AFS majors only during Period 1. If you are a major and want to take these courses but know you won’t be able to register by the end of Period 1 then email me to discuss your options.

  • FISH 290 Science Writing and Communication – only required students who declared the major in Autumn 2013 or later
  • FISH 323 Conservation & Management of Aquatic Resources
  • FISH 340 Genetics & Molecular Ecology (pre-req BIOL 200)

Elective FISH Courses – remember, you need a minimum of 4 courses and 16 credits of 400-level FISH coursework

  • FISH 423 Aquatic Invasion Ecology (pre-req BIOL 180)
  • FISH 441 Environmental Physiology (3/5) – no pre-reqs but completion of FISH 324 is recommended
  • FISH 450 Salmon Behavior & Life History (3) – Add code required – Seniors ONLY; will require prior completion of FISH 312
  • FISH 452 Spatial Information Technology (3)
  • FISH 473 Limnology (3) (pre-req BIOL 180) No freshmen
  • FISH 474 Limnology Lab (2) (pre-req FISH 473, may be taken concurrently) No freshmen

FISH 498 Internship or 499 Research

  • If you’re interested in either of these, be sure to review the enrollment procedures. It is recommended that you submit completed forms to me for an add at least two weeks prior to the start of the quarter – forms received after the start of the quarter will be accepted but I make no guarantees that you will be enrolled prior to the start of the Late Add Period ($20 fee).


  • FISH 493 Capstone Prep is being offered in Autumn – if you plan to do your capstone research in the next three quarters (prior to Autumn Quarter 2015), then you must complete 493 prior to beginning your research.
  • NOTE: FISH 493 has a pre-req of FISH 290. Any student who declared the major in Autumn 2013 or after must complete FISH 290; students who declared the major prior to Autumn 2013 are not required but will need to email me for an add code to register for FISH 493.

FISH 494 and 495 – see Greg Jensen to register; note that you must have already completed FISH 493 in order to register for either of these courses. Completing a Q SCI minor? Consider taking these courses:

  • Q SCI 381 – required for both the AFS degree and the Q SCI minor
  • Q SCI 482 – required for the minor, only offered in Autumn and Winter

Completing a Marine Bio minor? Consider taking these courses:

  • FISH/BIOL/OCEAN 250 – required for the minor, offered in Summer and Autumn
  • OCEAN 210 – required for the minor, only offered in Autumn

Other items that may be of interest:

  • Trying to register for a course that’s full? Check the course status often in case a space opens up – a good rule of thumb is to check as often as you check Facebook. Also, take a look at the UAA Advising Office’s Tips for Getting Into Closed Courses.
  • Seniors, don’t forget – if you want/need Graduating Senior Priority in Autumn Quarter, the deadline to submit a graduation application is May 6… Make an appointment to see me by May 2 to complete the paperwork in time for processing.
  • May 18 is the last day to change to or from S/NS grade option and/or to use your Annual Drop (Late Drop Period). $20 fee
  • More useful dates and deadlines: 2013-14 and 2014-15


Samantha Scherer, Student Services Manager and Undergrad Advising
UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences | Fishery Sciences Bldg, Suite116 | 206-543-7457
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