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Fisheries Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, CA,
The Fisheries Biology program is designed to produce graduates who can assess, develop and manage fish populations and fish habitats, as well as recreational and commercial fisheries. 


The Fisheries Biology program at Humboldt State University is one of the largest and best in the United States. We have graduates working with most state Fish and Game agencies, most federal agencies dealing with fish, and with numerous private companies and consulting firms. Our program is the only fisheries management type program in California, and one of only a few west of the Rocky Mountains.

Specialized facilities are available for instruction and research. The HSU Fish Hatchery is located on campus. The hatchery has a recirculating freshwater system with incubators, troughs, fiberglass circular tanks, concrete circular tanks, and raceways. The HSU Marine Laboratory is located in Trinidad, 15 miles north of campus. The laboratory has classrooms and a recirculating seawater system suitable for rearing marine animals. A variety of intertidal and subtidal habitats are found nearby. Our Fish Museum houses a large collection (about 70,000 specimens) of preserved fish which are available for study and research. The collection is the fifth largest in California and the second largest at an educational institution. Our California Cooperative Fishery Research Unit is the only one of its kind in California. The Unit provides research support and facilities for undergraduate and graduate students. Our expanded and remodeled (1999) Wildlife and Fisheries Building has specialized laboratories for fish pathology, fish genetics, water quality, and aquatic ecology. The University operates a large 90-foot vessel equipped with modern oceanographic instrumentation and fisheries gear for offshore and coastal work. A 26-foot pontoon boat and an array of smaller vessels are available for instruction and research in local bays and estuaries. The Department operates an electro-fishing boat for sampling fish in freshwater.

We are fortunate to have strong supporting programs in the closely allied fields of environmental engineering, oceanography, biology, watershed management, wildlife management, and mathematics. This allows students to easily develop specialized programs to meet individual needs. Fisheries Biology is an excellent program for those seeking an intellectually challenging, broad educational background.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Water Resources & Conservation
  • Introduction to Fishery Biology
  • Ichthyology
  • Fishery Science Communication
  • Conservation Genetics of Fish and Wildlife
  • Limnology
  • Problems in Water Pollution Biology
  • Mariculture
  • Aquaculture Practicum
  • U.S. & World Fisheries

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Academic Requirements

  • Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (non-refundable)
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework
  • Official Transcripts of Academic Records
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Photocopy of the passport

Tuition Fee

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    7676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7676 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7676 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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