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.
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: