Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (BS)

University of Washington, Seattle

Date Posted: June 14, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


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

The undergraduate program supports students in developing key skills to:

  • Pursue lifelong scientific enquiry. Students will be taught basic and applied aquatic sciences with an emphasis on biology, ecology, conservation, and management.
  • Critically evaluate science and the scientific method. Students will use lab classes, proposal writing, field experience and research projects to encourage evidence-based learning.
  • Be proficient in scientific methodology and analytical approaches. Students will have many opportunities to apply their 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 every class.
  • Learn effective and persuasive communication skills. This program's favorable student-to-faculty ratio means gives students the chance to practice their oral and writing skills in all our classes.
  • Understand and appreciate the liberal arts and social sciences. This programs degree requirements incorporate a range of complementary subjects offered across campus that encourage breadth as well as depth.
  • Cultivate broad academic and social skills that allow students 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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