• Fisheries Technology Curriculum


  • Limited Entry
    Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    The purpose of the two-year Fisheries Technology AAS degree curriculum is to prepare students for successful careers with private, federal or state agencies as a fish culturist and/or a fishery technician. Over and above such required work as fish biology, fish husbandry and fishery techniques, a significant portion of the program will provide hands-on experience through field and propagation projects, including operations in the campus fish hatchery.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Develop and apply a variety of techniques commonly used to evaluate and manage fisheries in the Pacific Northwest
    • Develop and apply basic fish husbandry principles employed in Pacific Northwest fish culture facilities to successfully raise a variety of aquatic species
    • Design, conduct and present (written and oral) a fisheries-related research project
    • Apply a variety of building and equipment maintenance techniques commonly employed at fish culture facilities
    • Demonstrate and apply basic biological principles to the study of fish
    • Demonstrate and apply basic statistical processes to the analysis of fisheries data
    • Discuss current issues impacting the field of natural resources
    • Conduct and record a stream survey in accordance with a standardized procedure

    Chest waders and rain gear are required and must be purchased by the student. Students completing the program will usually assist in propagation and rearing of game and food fish. Because of the rigorous activity demanded by the work, good physical condition is a necessity.

    Fisheries Technology is a limited-entry program. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Admission is based on date of application and satisfactory completion of placement criteria. Application packets are available on our website at mhcc.edu/Fisheries.

    Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions about the admission process, please call 503-491-7165

    Suggested Electives to satisfy degree requirement of 90 credits:
    FT228           Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
    HD100          College Success 1 Credit
    HE252           First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 3 Credits
    HPE285OL    Wilderness Survival 3 Credits
    NR242          Watershed Processes 3 Credits
    PE185SWH   Introduction to Scuba 1 Credit
    WE280FI       Cooperative Education Internship
    WL182          Swift Water Rescue 1 Credit
    WLD116       General Welding I 3 Credits

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab 1
    1
    FI101 Fishery Techniques I
    4
    FI111 Fish Biology I
    4
    MTH060 Beginning Algebra I1,3
    4
    WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing2,3
    4
    17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BT210ZEA Excel - Level I
    1
    FI102 Fishery Techniques II
    4
    FI112 Fish Biology II
    4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II3,4
    4
    WR121 English Composition
    4
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BT210ZAA Access – Level I
    1
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    4
    FI103 Fishery Techniques III
    4
    FI113 Fish Biology III
    4
    FI205 Fisheries Lab Techniques
    2
    PE185FSW Swimming & Basic Water Safety
    1
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    FI201 Fish Husbandry I
    6
    FI207 Fisheries Data Analysis Techniques
    3
    FI211 Field Projects I
    2
    FI223 Fisheries Welding
    1
    FI241 Stream Habitat Assessment and Improvement
    2
    Human Relations requirement‡
    3-4
    17-18
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    FI202 Fish Husbandry II
    6
    FI212 Field Projects II
    2
    FI221 Building and Equipment Maintenance and Repair I
    4
    FI231 Current Issues in Natural Resources
    1
    Health and Physical Education requirement5
    2-3
    15-16
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    FI203 Fish Husbandry III
    3
    FI213 Field Projects III
    2
    FI222 Building and Equipment Maintenance and Repair II
    4
    NR180 Career Development in Natural Resources
    1
    WE280FI Cooperative Education Internship6
    2
    WR227 Technical Report Writing
    4
    16
    Total Credits 98-100

    1Students placing in MTH065 (or higher) do not need to complete MTH060, but instead should take MTH065 (or higher) first quarter.
    2 Students placing in WR121 do not need to complete WR115, but instead should take WR121 in the fall, first quarter.
    3 Students who place into WR121 and MTH065 may need electives to satisfy degree requirement of 90 credits. Although not required, students are encouraged to select from the list of suggested electives below.
    4 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    5 Students must have current First Aid and CPR cards. HE252 and HPE285OL offer certification in First Aid and CPR. Students may also contact the Red Cross or American Heart Association for training.
    6 WE280FI_ may be taken any quarter, including the summer.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Suggested Electives to satisfy degree requirement of 90 credits:

    FT228 introduction to Geographic information Systems - 3
    HD100 College Success - 1
    HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies - 3
    HPE285OL Wilderness Survival - 3
    NR242 Watershed Processes - 3
    PE185SWH Introduction to Scuba - 1
    WE280FI Cooperative Education Internship
    WL182 Swift Water Rescue - 1
    WLD116 General Welding I - 3