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Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences

Associate Applied Science-Transfer Degree for Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences articulation to WWU & NWIC

The Fisheries & Aquatic Science Program prepares students for employment in a variety of fisheries occupations with emphasis on the transfer articulation of credits to Western Washington University (WWU) & Northwest Indian College (NWIC) from Bellingham Technical College (BTC). The program offers an Associate of Applied Science Transfer degree to the WWU BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Geography. The Fisheries and Aquatic Science Program gives students experience in biological studies with state and private agencies. Students work with smolt traps, spawner surveys, data collection, scale and otolith samples, and water quality. This field experience provides practical work for the instructional “laboratory.” These valuable experiences compliment the classroom theory and related instruction components. The program operates in partnership with regional, tribal and statewide industries as well as Regional Enhancement Associations.

Program Facts

81% Average placement for program graduates

Average annual wage $34,218

Wage potential $41,413 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

About 81% of BTC Fisheries and Aquaculture students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $34,218, with an earning potential of about $41,413 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12M12:00p-1:00pVASAK ROpenings: 12
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    By working in hatcheries students gain experience with brood stock, eggs, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 11
  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • FISH 194Fisheries Current Topics I4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FTEC 205Field Projects I4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 21
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • CAP 100Introductory Digital Literacy2 credits

    This course will address the diversity of technology landscapes providing students with the tools and skill sets to focus on the basics of devices and platforms; communicating in the network world; and on the traditional aspects of creating, organizing and sharing content. By the end of this course, students will be able to differentiate between types of computing devices; use an operating system; demonstrate appropriate digital citizenship; use online search engines/applications; and demonstrate basic proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Quarter 3
  • AQSCI 186Rivers, Lakes, and Streams5 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the ecological, physical, and chemical components of rivers, lakes, and streams. Topics covered include: stream classification methodology, hydrological budgets, flow measurement, lake/pond mapping, pond management, aquatic plant identification, and aquatic macro-invertebrate sampling and identification.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 15
    9/27-12/6Sa 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/22MW12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 195Fisheries Internship6 credits

    This course provides practical application through work experience for students in a field of their choice with employees in the industry. Students will be able to demonstrate their skills and work habits to prospective employers.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.
  • Electives2 credits

  • Quarter 4
  • AQSCI 211Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology5 credits

    Introduction to the major groups of fishes with particular emphasis on fishes of North America. Lecture, laboratory, and field work will introduce students to the fundamentals of how and why fin fish function. Identification and classification, anatomy and physiology, age and growth, reproduction, and behavior will be studied.

  • AQSCI 225Fisheries Techniques I8 credits

    These introductory courses focus on common methods of fish enumeration, tagging, mark and recapture, and estimation of escapement. Topics include Coded Wire Tag recovery and reading, otolith recovery and reading, scale sampling and age determination, and spawning grounds surveys.

  • FTEC 255Field Projects II4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 19
    1/7-3/26TTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 296Aquatic Ecology Current Topics I4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 19
  • Quarter 5
  • CHEM& 121Introduction to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 8
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 3
    9/23-12/9T 5:30p-8:30pYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 10
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/24T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26Th 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/10-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 10
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 6
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I10 credits

    The student will focus on one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will explore areas of employment and gain additional skills needed for each career choice.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • AQSCI 226Fisheries Techniques II8 credits

    These introductory courses focus on common methods of fish enumeration, tagging, mark and recapture, and estimation of escapement. Topics include Coded Wire Tag recovery and reading, otolith recovery and reading, scale sampling and age determination, and spawning grounds surveys.

  • AQSCI 266Aquatic Habitat Assessment4 credits

    This course is intended to provide students with a set of techniques for obtaining aquatic habitat data. Students will learn common methods used by agencies to inventory aquatic habitat, analyze habitat quality, monitor effects of land use, and assess habitat improvement activities.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23F 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CTE 290Job Search4 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 9:30a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 297Aquatic Ecology Current Topics II4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online POLLARD DOpenings: 9
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • FISH 196Fisheries Current Topics II4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 197Fisheries Current Topics III4 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 198Fisheries Current Topics IV8 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:30p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or MATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 13
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/4Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    8/23Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    9/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-10/2TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 6
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 4
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 2
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    3/6-3/16F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/11T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding2 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 12
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/9T 6:00p-9:00pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 10
  • Any other Fisheries related College Level courses or any other courses approved from the Transfer Degree Track will be recognized as electives.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS129 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall and Winter Quarters

Program Start

  • General Admission Information
  • Fisheries Student Homepage

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences AAS-T degree that is transferable to WWWU and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to obtain an AAS-T degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences that is transferable to WWU BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Geography.
  • Graduates will be able to complete all required classes and be able to transfer 90 credits to either WWU.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in biological studies and apply appropriate techniques to conduct studies and sample data.
  • Graduates will be able to show competency in Habitat Restoration evaluation methods and apply techniques to improve and restore habitat.
  • Graduates will be able to show competency in field research, stream surveys, tag studies, spawning assessments, and smolt trap projects.
  • Graduates will be able to successfully sample scales, otoliths, water quality, migrating smolts, and spawning adults in the field.

Ryan Vasak - Instructor image

Ryan Vasak

360 752-8498

rvasak@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information



Earl Steele - Instructor image

Earl Steele

360 752-8352

esteele@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Earl Steele has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and over 30 years of experience in oyster culture, clam culture, fish culture, enhancement projects, commercial fishing, and fisheries consulting work. In 1996, the Puget Sound Gillnetters Association recognized him for his contribution of over 20 years of salmon enhancement work. He received the Puget Power Educator of the Year Award in 1994, and was named Washington Vocational Educator of the Year in 1988. Along with full-time teaching as a Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences instructor, Earl continues to work in his family's oyster and clam farm in Hood Canal and frequently acts as a fisheries consultant.



Associate Applied Science - Transfer Degree for Fisheries Aquaculture Science

If you have a love for the great outdoors and an interest in biology and wildlife, consider the Fisheries program at BTC. You can prepare for a rewarding career as a fish hatchery specialist, fish culturist, fisheries technician, net pen worker, shellfish hatchery worker, scientific aid, water quality technician, or in habitat restoration. You’ll learn high-demand skills like fish culture, aqua culture, and fish spawning that will position you for a rewarding career in the fisheries industry. Instruction takes place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture program.

Program Facts

81% Average placement for program graduates

Average annual wage $34,218

Wage potential $41,413 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

About 81% of BTC Fisheries and Aquaculture students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $34,218, with an earning potential of about $41,413 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12M12:00p-1:00pVASAK ROpenings: 12
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    By working in hatcheries students gain experience with brood stock, eggs, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 11
  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 10
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 6
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • CAP 100Introductory Digital Literacy2 credits

    This course will address the diversity of technology landscapes providing students with the tools and skill sets to focus on the basics of devices and platforms; communicating in the network world; and on the traditional aspects of creating, organizing and sharing content. By the end of this course, students will be able to differentiate between types of computing devices; use an operating system; demonstrate appropriate digital citizenship; use online search engines/applications; and demonstrate basic proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/22MW12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TW 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23M 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 195Fisheries Internship6 credits

    This course provides practical application through work experience for students in a field of their choice with employees in the industry. Students will be able to demonstrate their skills and work habits to prospective employers.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.
  • Quarter 4
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.


    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 12
  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I10 credits

    The student will focus on one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will explore areas of employment and gain additional skills needed for each career choice.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FTEC 205Field Projects I4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 21
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CTE 290Job Search4 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 9:30a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online POLLARD DOpenings: 9
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives9 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • FTEC 250Applied Concepts II10 credits

    The student will focus on one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will explore areas of employment and gain additional skills needed for each career choice.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 20
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FTEC 255Field Projects II4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 19
    1/7-3/26TTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 270Sampling Techniques II4 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the sampling techniques using nets, seins, pots, traps, weirs, and electroshockers. The construction and repair of this gear is covered and practiced. Selection of proper sampling equipment will also be covered.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Th 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • Electives5 credits

  • Electives
  • FISH 194Fisheries Current Topics I4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 196Fisheries Current Topics II4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 197Fisheries Current Topics III4 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 198Fisheries Current Topics IV8 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:30p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 296Aquatic Ecology Current Topics I4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 19
  • FISH 297Aquatic Ecology Current Topics II4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or MATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 13
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/4Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    8/23Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    9/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-10/2TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 6
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 4
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 2
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    3/6-3/16F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/11T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding2 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 12
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/9T 6:00p-9:00pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 10
  • Any other Fisheries related College Level courses or any other courses approved from the Transfer Degree Track will be recognized as electives.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS131 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall and Winter Quarters

Program Start

  • General Admission Information
  • Fisheries Student Homepage

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Graduates will be able to receive interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
  • Graduates will be able to compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
  • Graduates will be able to observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Graduates will be able to use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • Graduates will be able to attend industry workshops, conferences, and research, to stay current with new and emerging equipment and techniques.

Earl Steele - Instructor image

Earl Steele

360 752-8352

esteele@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Earl Steele has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and over 30 years of experience in oyster culture, clam culture, fish culture, enhancement projects, commercial fishing, and fisheries consulting work. In 1996, the Puget Sound Gillnetters Association recognized him for his contribution of over 20 years of salmon enhancement work. He received the Puget Power Educator of the Year Award in 1994, and was named Washington Vocational Educator of the Year in 1988. Along with full-time teaching as a Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences instructor, Earl continues to work in his family's oyster and clam farm in Hood Canal and frequently acts as a fisheries consultant.



Ryan Vasak - Instructor image

Ryan Vasak

360 752-8498

rvasak@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information



Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you have a love for the great outdoors and an interest in biology and wildlife, consider the Fisheries program at BTC. You can prepare for a rewarding career as a fish hatchery specialist, fish culturist, fisheries technician, net pen worker, shellfish hatchery worker, scientific aid, water quality technician, or in habitat restoration. You’ll learn high-demand skills like fish culture, aqua culture, and fish spawning that will position you for a rewarding career in the fisheries industry. Instruction takes place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture program.

Program Facts

81% Average placement for program graduates

Average annual wage $34,218

Wage potential $41,413 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

You can put your education to work in the public or private sectors, for employers such as the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and private hatcheries and shellfish farms as the employment outlook for program graduates is very strong, and students can expect to earn excellent wages.

About 81% of BTC Fisheries and Aquaculture students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $34,218, with an earning potential of about $41,413 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as fish hatchery specialists, fish culturists, fisheries technicians, net pen workers, shellfish hatchery workers, and scientific aides.

Skilled fisheries workers with A.A.S.-T and A.A.S. degrees are needed by employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, enhancement organizations, salmon and net pen operations, and federal and private scientific companies.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12M12:00p-1:00pVASAK ROpenings: 12
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    By working in hatcheries students gain experience with brood stock, eggs, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 11
  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 10
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 9
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 100Introductory Digital Literacy2 credits

    This course will address the diversity of technology landscapes providing students with the tools and skill sets to focus on the basics of devices and platforms; communicating in the network world; and on the traditional aspects of creating, organizing and sharing content. By the end of this course, students will be able to differentiate between types of computing devices; use an operating system; demonstrate appropriate digital citizenship; use online search engines/applications; and demonstrate basic proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/22MW12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TW 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23M 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 195Fisheries Internship6 credits

    This course provides practical application through work experience for students in a field of their choice with employees in the industry. Students will be able to demonstrate their skills and work habits to prospective employers.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.
  • Quarter 4
  • FTEC 200Applied Concepts I10 credits

    The student will focus on one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will explore areas of employment and gain additional skills needed for each career choice.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FTEC 205Field Projects I4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 21
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.


    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 12
  • Quarter 5
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CTE 290Job Search4 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 9:30a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • Electives9 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • FTEC 250Applied Concepts II10 credits

    The student will focus on one of five specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will explore areas of employment and gain additional skills needed for each career choice.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 20
    1/7-3/26MWF12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FTEC 255Field Projects II4 credits

    The student will do an internship in one of the following specialty areas: Hatchery Technician, Fisheries Technician, Shellfish Technician, Net Pen Worker, or Habitat Enhancement Technician. The student will work with or under the direct supervision of an industry supervisor during all or part of the quarter.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 19
    1/7-3/26TTh12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 270Sampling Techniques II4 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that focuses on the sampling techniques using nets, seins, pots, traps, weirs, and electroshockers. The construction and repair of this gear is covered and practiced. Selection of proper sampling equipment will also be covered.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Th 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • Electives5 credits

  • Electives
  • FISH 194Fisheries Current Topics I4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 196Fisheries Current Topics II4 credits

    In consultation with the instructor, students will develop customized objectives and individualized projects to increase their skills and knowledge in specific areas of current Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-9:30aVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 197Fisheries Current Topics III4 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 198Fisheries Current Topics IV8 credits

    This course provides the student with specialty knowledge and skills in the area of Fisheries Technology. Through instructor consultation, customized objectives, and specialized projects, students will expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas of Fisheries Technology.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 1:30p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 296Aquatic Ecology Current Topics I4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 19
  • FISH 297Aquatic Ecology Current Topics II4 credits

    A course designed for the second year student. This course presents topics in the field of Aquatic Ecology. Current topics include: Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, Marine Conservation Reserves, Stream Habitat Restoration, Environmental Conservation Research, and Public Lands.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23MTW 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or MATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 13
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/4Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    8/23Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    9/13Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 25
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-10/2TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 6
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 4
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 2
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    3/6-3/16F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
  • MARIN 110Boating Safety and Piloting1.5 credits

    This course is provided in partnership with the Bellingham Power Squadron chapter of the United States Power Squadrons to provide boaters with knowledge and skills for safe sail and power boating. Instruction emphasizes safe navigation and charting of local coastal waters utilizing the mariners' compass, nautical chart, and plotting tools. This course is recognized by several insurance companies and is a prerequisite for membership in the Bellingham Power Squadron and their advanced maritime courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/11T 6:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding2 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 12
  • WELD 102Creative Welding2 credits

    This class is designed for beginners and returning students, it covers the fundamentals of GMAW (wire feed welding), oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting, safety, fabricating, and creative applications of metalwork. Student will complete to class projects. Materials supplied by student.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/9T 6:00p-9:00pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 10
  • Any other Fisheries related College Level courses or any other course approved from the Transfer Degree Track

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS126 credits

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall and Winter Quarters

Program Start

  • General Admission Information
  • Fisheries Student Homepage

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear and release fish.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize proper tools, equipment and protective devices to safeguard against injury to self, others and workplace facilities.
  • Graduates will be able to act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Graduates will be able to receive interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management and general public.
  • Graduates will be able to compute, calculate, and convert standard and metric measurements for purposes of disease treatment and prevention, and rearing of fish.
  • Graduates will be able to observe and comply with environmental laws and regulations related to rearing of fish and the use and disposal of chemicals and drugs.
  • Graduates will be able to use current and emerging computerized systems or software to operate equipment, calculate results, keep records, and enter data on proper forms and records.
  • Graduates will be able to attend industry workshops, conferences, and research, to stay current with new and emerging equipment and techniques.

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Earl Steele

360 752-8352

esteele@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Earl Steele has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and over 30 years of experience in oyster culture, clam culture, fish culture, enhancement projects, commercial fishing, and fisheries consulting work. In 1996, the Puget Sound Gillnetters Association recognized him for his contribution of over 20 years of salmon enhancement work. He received the Puget Power Educator of the Year Award in 1994, and was named Washington Vocational Educator of the Year in 1988. Along with full-time teaching as a Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences instructor, Earl continues to work in his family's oyster and clam farm in Hood Canal and frequently acts as a fisheries consultant.



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Ryan Vasak

360 752-8498

rvasak@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information



Fisheries Resources Certificate

Expand your knowledge of wildlife inhabiting local creeks, rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound with the Fisheries program at BTC. Learn the basics of water quality, fish and shellfish biology, and spawning techniques, and prepare for an exciting career in the fish hatchery industry. Instruction takes place in the classroom as well as at the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at the Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, which is operated by BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture program. Your skills will be ready to use with employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, and federal and private scientific companies.

Program Facts

81% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $34,218

Wage potential $41,413 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Your skills will be ready to use with employers such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as private hatcheries, shellfish farms, and federal and private scientific companies.

Employment opportunities for fish hatchery specialists should remain the same or increase due to the increased listings of endangered species.

About 81% of BTC Fisheries and Aquaculture students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $34,218, with an earning potential of about $41,413 per year.*

Starting median wage and placement rates were retrieved from www.careerbridge.wa.gov in 2011. Wage potential was taken from www.workforceexplorer.com.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • FISH 100Introduction to Safety1 credits

    Proper safety precautions in the workplace will be emphasized. Safety is taught in all courses as it applies to the task or work area.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12M12:00p-1:00pVASAK ROpenings: 12
  • FISH 105Water Quality3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field based course that provides students with instruction on how water quality assessments of fresh and marine waters are made, with emphasis on the theoretical and practical principles underlying water quality assessments. The course will focus on the most commonly used and practical techniques of analyzing physical, biological, and chemical parameters.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 111Salmonid Biology3 credits

    Identification of salmon and trout, life cycles and the characteristics of each of the species will be examined in this course.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 125Sampling Techniques I3 credits

    Students will identify and use the methods of sampling fish for numbers, age, and disease.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12DAILY12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 10
  • FISH 133Hatchery Operations I5 credits

    By working in hatcheries students gain experience with brood stock, eggs, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 11
  • FISH 136Spawning Techniques I6 credits

    Students will learn proper fish spawning techniques as utilized by state, federal and private hatcheries. They will spawn fish at the college hatchery and other local hatcheries to become proficient in these skills.

  • Quarter 2
  • FISH 161Fish Aquaculture Techniques6 credits

    This lecture, lab course will introduce the skills required to culture fish for aquaculture. The students will work with trout, salmon, and other species for food or nonfood purposes. Students will work at the salmon and trout hatcheries to get experience with these and other species.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 170Hatchery Operations II4 credits

    Course will teach students the required skills to work in a hatchery. This course will emphasize hands-on skills. Students will work in hatcheries to gain experience with eggs, incubators, and hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 10
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 9
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 100Introductory Digital Literacy2 credits

    This course will address the diversity of technology landscapes providing students with the tools and skill sets to focus on the basics of devices and platforms; communicating in the network world; and on the traditional aspects of creating, organizing and sharing content. By the end of this course, students will be able to differentiate between types of computing devices; use an operating system; demonstrate appropriate digital citizenship; use online search engines/applications; and demonstrate basic proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Quarter 3
  • FISH 146Aquatic Invertebrate Biology3 credits

    A lecture, lab, and field-based course that focuses on marine and freshwater macroinvertebrates, with emphasis on marine shellfish and freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the biology, anatomy, and the ecology of these organisms. Students will leave the course with solid identification and classification skills.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/22MW12:00p-3:00pVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 163Shellfish Aquaculture Techniques5 credits

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to culture shellfish in aquaculture. The students will work with oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, and other species. Culture of diatoms for larval shellfish and setting will also be covered. Students will work in the program’s shellfish lab and other production facilities. They will also culture manila clams, mussels, oysters (several species) and geoducks at the programs shellfish beds to gain experience.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TW 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • FISH 186Hatchery Operations III5 credits

    In this course students will work in hatcheries to gain experience by rearing fingerlings in ponds and net pens, while utilizing other hatchery equipment.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23M 8:00a-11:00aSTEELE EOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CTE 290Job Search4 credits

    Students will improve their skills in resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. These skills will be assessed through simulated job application processes such as mock interviews and resume reviews.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 9:30a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 155Environmental Awareness3 credits

    Awareness of the impact that people, industry, and development have on the environment related to the fisheries industry will be covered. Included will be awareness of proper use and disposal of materials hazardous to the environment and how other industries can affect the fisheries industry and environment.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MWF 8:00a-11:00aVASAK ROpenings: 24
  • FISH 195Fisheries Internship6 credits

    This course provides practical application through work experience for students in a field of their choice with employees in the industry. Students will be able to demonstrate their skills and work habits to prospective employers.

    Prerequisite:
    FISH 133 or FISH 170.
  • FISH 236Spawning Techniques II6 credits

    Students will employ proper fish spawning techniques according to state, federal and private hatchery procedures. They will transport eggs and milt, sterilize eggs, and use a Moist Air Incubation Unit to eye eggs and mark otoliths.


    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 8:00a-3:00pSTEELE EOpenings: 12
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS80 credits

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall and Winter Quarters

Program Start

  • General Admission Information
  • Fisheries Student Homepage

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in hatchery methods and apply appropriate techniques to spawn, incubate, rear, and release fish.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in shellfish hatchery and aquaculture methods and apply appropriate techniques to raise diatoms, spawn shellfish, set seed, plant seed, culture and harvest shellfish.
  • Graduates will show competency in Habitat Restoration methods and apply techniques to improve and restore habitat, plant native vegetation, eliminate invasive species, and add woody debris and gravel to streams.
  • Graduates will show competency in field research, stream surveys, tag studies, spawning assessments, and smolt trap projects.

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Earl Steele

360 752-8352

esteele@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Earl Steele has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and over 30 years of experience in oyster culture, clam culture, fish culture, enhancement projects, commercial fishing, and fisheries consulting work. In 1996, the Puget Sound Gillnetters Association recognized him for his contribution of over 20 years of salmon enhancement work. He received the Puget Power Educator of the Year Award in 1994, and was named Washington Vocational Educator of the Year in 1988. Along with full-time teaching as a Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences instructor, Earl continues to work in his family's oyster and clam farm in Hood Canal and frequently acts as a fisheries consultant.



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Ryan Vasak

360 752-8498

rvasak@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information