Fisheries and Marine Sciences

Earn your fisheries and marine sciences degree from a close-knit, hands-on program

Collaborate with accomplished faculty and fellow students on undergraduate research. Study in one of the richest aquatic regions in the world. Get real experience in labs and through a guaranteed internship.

Prepare to graduate qualified, experienced and ready to pursue your career: many UAF graduates work for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Bureau of Land Management.

What Is Fisheries and Marine Sciences?

Fisheries and marine sciences is the study and management of the biology, ecology and oceanography of the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat. If you have a deep connection to the environment, are independently driven and have a passion for conservation, a career in fisheries and marine sciences is a wise choice for you. This degree is available to be completed 100% online, offering added flexibility.

Why Study Fisheries and Marine Sciences at UAF?

Our low student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll work closely with professors who will become mentors and references for future employers.

As a fisheries and marine sciences major, you’ll have the option to choose from one of four paths in fisheries, marine biology, oceanography or no-concentration. Flexible course scheduling allows you to plan your program while considering your interests and goals.

With a fisheries and marine sciences degree from UAF, you’ll be sought after in Alaska and nationwide. Our hands-on experiences and strong connection to employers open the door to myriad career opportunities in the government and private sector. You can find our graduates working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Rising Tide Communications, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and many other conservation agencies and organizations.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


  • In-person
  • Hybrid
  • Online

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Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.