Learning at SAFS

SAFS prepares you to meet the highest professional standards in the field of science, specifically, aquatic systems. Our rigorous program places a high value on individual-based learning, critical thinking, research, communication and problem-solving. Our degree integrates innovation, collaboration and flexibility.

Our undergraduate program supports you in developing key skills to:

  • Pursue lifelong scientific enquiry. You will be taught basic and applied aquatic sciences with an emphasis on biology, ecology, conservation, and management.
  • Critically evaluate science and the scientific method. We use lab classes, proposal writing, field experience and research projects to encourage evidence-based learning.
  • Be proficient in scientific methodology and analytical approaches. You will have many opportunities to apply your knowledge in small, instructor-guided learning environments.
  • Develop an understanding of the social and ethical issues in the field. Key issues are taught within their social context, and healthy debate is encouraged in all our classes.
  • Learn effective and persuasive communication skills. Our favorable student-to-faculty ratio means gives you the chance to practice your oral and writing skills in all our classes.
  • Understand and appreciate the liberal arts and social sciences. Our degree requirements incorporate a range of complementary subjects offered across campus that encourages breadth as well as depth.
  • Cultivate broad academic and social skills that allow you to practice across different disciplines, cultures and communities. Students are exposed to a wide range of learning environments that promote these skills, including internships, interactions with external agencies, and field-based courses.

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Degrees in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

SAFS majors complete both the College’s general education requirements and the School’s degree requirements, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Aquatic and Fishery Sciences is an open major; to declare, contact a SAFS adviser.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) offers the following programs of study:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (with the option to declare Departmental Honors)
  • Minor in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Combining a SAFS degree with another major or minor provides additional depth and breadth to an undergraduate education, and can enhance career opportunities after graduation. Contact a SAFS adviser to discuss options and timelines.

 Other degrees and minors that may be of interest to students in SAFS:

View SAFS Departmental Degree requirements.

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