Academic Certificate

Marine Bioresources

Dive into aquaculture

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Credits & Duration

  • 36 credits
  • 3-4 quarters


Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This certificate is designed to give students a focused understanding of the fundamentals of finfish and shellfish biology in applied animal husbandry, as relevant to fisheries and hatchery operations of the Pacific Northwest region. The curriculum covers the animal's biology and environmental quality impacts on their and human health. Students will also learn about the significance of marine resources to indigenous stewards of the lands and waters.  

Students will gain hands-on experience through labs, fieldwork, and an internship. Internships could include commercial, non-profit, and government (tribal and at multiple institutional levels) opportunities.  

Certificate Prerequisites 

All science courses require one quarter of general biology or two quarters of Environmental Studies. These classes cover populations and life cycles, animal development, microbiology, macromolecules, cell biology, digestion, anatomy and physiology, pollution and/or toxicology, water quality, environmental chemistry, and food webs. 

Marine Fisheries and Human Health has a suggested prerequisite of one quarter of Introductory Chemistry or Introduction to Environmental Studies with topics such as the carbon and nitrogen cycle, pollution/toxicology, chemical bonds (ionic, hydrogen, and covalent), and the periodic table. 

Email if you have questions about these prerequisites. 

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 36 undergraduate level credits.

Core courses can be taken in any order:

Marine Animal Life Cycles and Development - Fall quarter, 4 credits*
Marine Animal Nutrition - Winter quarter, 4 credits*
Indigenous Stewardship of Marine Resources in the Pacific Northwest - Winter quarter, 4 credits
Marine Fisheries and Human Health - Spring quarter, 8 credits*

Registration of the final course can be done after the completion of the first 12 credits: 

Marine Bioresources Certificate Internship - Springor Summerquarter, 16 credits

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog

*To earn this certificate, students are required to earn upper division science credit in Marine Animal Life Cycles and Development, Marine Animal Nutrition, and Marine Fisheries and Human Health. Upper-division science credit is considered junior-senior college level work. Other colleges/universities often use course numbers 300-499 to signify that a course is upper-division. While you may be eligible to receive upper division credit in Marine Bioresources Certificate Internship, it is not required to earn the certificate.