Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences is recognized by peer institutions as a premier U.S. warm-water fisheries program.

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences students receive a strong foundation in chemistry, mathematics and biology while learning how to apply these subjects to managing fresh and saltwater aquatic resources. This degree gives students an understanding of the principles used in solving problems with aquatic resources and the awareness to provide safe, reliable food through aquaculture production.

Graduates from this department can go on to veterinary medicine or other professional schools.

Quick facts

The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University is a world leader in aquaculture, fisheries management and aquatic resource management instruction and research.

Students are trained to:

  • meet the increasing need for safe, reliable food through aquaculture
  • manage increasing demands for productive recreational fisheries
  • protect our valuable aquatic natural resources

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Curriculum Model


By their junior year, students choose one of four areas for their emphasis. These four areas are Aquaculture, Aquatic Resource Management, Fisheries Management and Fisheries Pre-Professional.

For students interested in farming aquatic animals, Aquaculture provides courses such as Hatchery Management, Aquaculture Production, Introduction to Fish Health and Water Sciences.

Aquatic Resource Management prepares students in assessment and management of the flora and fauna of aquatic environments. Course offerings include Limnology, Ichthyology, Marine Ecology and Wetland Biology.

Students interested in management of fish populations in reservoirs, rivers and streams to improve recreational fishing can follow the Fisheries Management emphasis. Students take classes such as Management of Small Impoundments, Genetics, Hatchery Management and Conservation Biology.

The Fisheries Pre-Professional option provides students with a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences as well as Fisheries Sciences and satisfies requirements for Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine or other professional schools, including graduate school.


  • Fisheries Technician
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Manager
  • Fisheries Research and Program Coordinator
  • Aquaculturist
  • Educator
  • Environmental Consultant and Planner
  • Conservation Officer


  • Self Employed
  • Local, State and Federal Agencies
  • Wildlife, Wilderness or Research Area Management
  • Private Industry
  • Aquaculture Production Firms
  • Foundations
  • Nature Centers
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums


To learn more about Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, contact Student Services or visit the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences website.

Last Updated: July 23, 2013

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