Bachelor of Science in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Requirements

SAFS majors are required to complete both the College of Environment’s General Education requirements and the School’s degree requirements listed below. These requirements lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

College of Environment General Education requirements*:

General Education Requirements – Students declaring Summer 2015 or later
English Composition (C) 5 credits. Choose from Approved Composition Courses List.
Additional Writing (W) 10 credits. Courses taken as part of core AFS degree requirements will fulfill Q/SR and W requirements.
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (Q/SR) 10 credits. Calculus and Statistics, taken as part of the AFS degree requirements will fulfill this requirement.
Natural World (NW) 20 credits. 10 credits of NW must be outside the major (i.e., not a major prefix and no overlap with major). This is a good opportunity to take courses in Oceanography, Forestry, Biology, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, etc.
Individual and Society (I&S) 20 credits. 10 credits of I&S must be outside the major (i.e., not a major prefix and no overlap with major). 
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA) 10 credits. CLAS 205, COM 220 and SP HSC 100 are recommended.
Foreign Language No foreign language requirement.

* Students entering the University in Autumn 2014 (or later) must also meet a Diversity (DIV) requirement, minimum of 3 credits – these credits will simultaneously satisfy other Area of Knowledge requirements and do not add to the total number of credits you need to graduate.

AFS Departmental Degree requirements

Students may petition for course substitutions – contact adviser for more info.

Basic Science Courses

Mathematics and Statistics (15 credits) 2 quarters of calculus, 1 quarter of Probability and Statistics

  • Q SCI 291, 292 or Math 124, 125 (calculus)
  • Q SCI 381
Chemistry (10 credits minimum)
  • CHEM 142 or CHEM 120
  • CHEM 220
Biology (15 credits)
  • BIOL 180, 200, 220

Majors are encouraged to complete the BIOL series as soon as possible as many upper level FISH Core and Elective courses have BIOL pre-requisites

Physics (5 credits)
  • PHYS 114 or PHYS 121
Physical World (6 credits) Two of the following (or other, approved by SAFS Adviser)

  • OCEAN 210 (3) Ocean Circulation
  • GEOG 205 (5) Intro to Physical Sciences and the Environment
  • ATM S 211 (5) Global Climate Change
  • FISH 330 (5) Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems
  • OCEAN/ESS 230 (3/5) Rivers and Beaches
  • OCEAN 285 (5) Physics Across Oceanography
  • ENVIR/ESS 315 (5) Environmental Earth Science
  • PHYS 115 or 122
  • PHYS 116 or 123

Upper Level FISH Courses

Science Writing (3 credits)
  • FISH 290 (3) Scientific Writing & Communication
Natural History FISH Courses (10 credits)
  • FISH 310 (5) Biology of Shellfish
  • FISH 311 (5) Biology of Fishes
    It is recommended that students have completed at least 10 credits of the BIOL series prior to taking these courses
FISH Core Courses (15 credits); all of these courses will count towards the UW Addl Writing (W) requirement. Take three of the following courses:

  • FISH 312 (5; prereq BIOL 220) Fisheries Ecology
  • FISH 323 (5) Conservation & Mgmt of Aquatic Resources
  • FISH 324 (5; prereq BIOL 220) Aquatic Animal Physio & Repro
  • FISH 340 (5; prereq BIOL 200) Genetics & Molecular Ecology
Upper Division 400 level FISH classes (minimum 4 courses and 16 credits)

Choose four 400 level FISH classes from the list on the Courses page.


  • Excludes FISH 453, 477, and all capstone courses (493, 494, 495)
  • FISH 497 Special Topics may not automatically apply to the 400 level requirement – see individual offerings.
  • A maximum of 3cr in FISH 479/498/499 and FISH 492 may be applied.
  • A maximum of 5cr in FISH 489 may be applied.

Capstone Research (7 credits total)

Review the Capstone page for more information.

  • FISH 493 (1 credit) Capstone 1: Proposal
  • FISH 494 (3 credits) Capstone 2: Research
  • FISH 495 (3 credits) Capstone 3: Research Synthesis


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