Declaring a Major in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

To declare the major, contact the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Undergraduate Adviser to schedule an appointment. At the appointment, you will complete the declaration paperwork, discuss requirements, design a degree plan, and ask any questions about the major.

Students interested in the AFS major are encouraged to declare early. Advantages for early declaration include:

  • Development of a comprehensive study plan that provides a clear path to graduation. The earlier this plan is developed, the more flexibility it will provide in allowing experiential learning, study abroad, and more
  • Eligibility for departmental scholarships
  • Subscription to a SAFS-major email list with notification of scholarships, internships, jobs, and other opportunities
  • Ability to enroll in courses that are restricted to majors during priority registration
  • It is possible to add a minor or double major, depending on your interests, credits, and graduation timeline. Be sure to let the AFS Undergraduate Adviser know about your plans.


Prepare for your studies by following a few key steps, meet with us to learn about our exciting degree program and our excellent facilities, and use our tips to help you navigate the admissions process at the University of Washington.


We welcome visits from prospective students! Once you have an idea of when you would like to visit, email us to arrange a meeting with the AFS Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the program and get answers to any questions you might have about the UW, Seattle, applying for admission, etc.

If you’d like to sit in on a class during your visit, take a look at the current time schedule to identify classes you might like to attend. Faculty generally welcome visitors, but we request that you email the faculty instructor before your visit to ensure that the visit will not occur during an exam, or that your attendance will not disrupt the scheduled activities. Check the course page to see the scheduled lectures for the day of your visit.

We also encourage you to take a campus tour during your visit, offered by the UW almost every weekday and most Saturdays. There are also virtual tours offered online.

Applying to the UW (all new students)

All students who would like to study Aquatic and Fishery Sciences must first be admitted to the University of Washington. Application information can be found on the UW Admissions website. Admission to the UW is competitive and applicants are evaluated on a number of factors. These include grade point average, test scores, and academic preparation as well as personal achievements and characteristics.

Incoming students are admitted to the UW during summer, autumn, and winter quarters, although most are admitted in autumn quarter. Be sure to check the deadlines for the quarter you hope to be admitted and start working early to get your materials together to apply on time. There are also a number of scholarships available for incoming students through AFS as well as the College of the Environment.

Once you have been admitted to UW, please email the SAFS Undergraduate Adviser. Let us know for which quarter you have been admitted. Return your confirmation deposit.

TIP: Be sure to read all materials carefully. It is easy to miss a vital step in this process.

Once you confirm, you will be able to sign up for an Advising and Orientation (A&O) session–you will not be able to register for courses until your A&O session, so sign up as early as you can to get a crack at the popular classes. When you sign up, please try to register for one of the Environmental & Biological Sciences sessions if available.

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