Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Program at Utah State University


[Soft music and the sound of running water.] So, here at the Quinney College of Natural Resources within the department of Watershed Sciences, we have two main degree programs, with Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences being one of them. So, in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences we study everything that has to do with aquatic ecosystems so that includes rivers, lakes, streams, everything that influences them from the surrounding environment, and all the organisms that are actually inside those bodies of water. And here is Cache Valley we have a number of aquatic environments that we spend time on with our students, that includes going up to the canyon, to the rivers and the tributaries, or the electro fish we sample, looking at Beaver Dam impacts. We look at the macro invertebrates. We also go to a number of the reservoirs in the valley itself. We have a high professor to student ratio and not only does that come with small classroom sizes, but that also comes with the opportunity to work directly on research as an undergraduate with a professor and with our graduate students. Every year during the summer in particular we have anywhere from thirty to sixty undergraduates that work across campus in our laboratories. And that research takes them all over the world. We have students that work from you know, the southern tip of Utah to the northern tip. But we also have students that go down to Costa Rica, all the way up to Alaska working in the Arctic. Students that graduate from Quinney College of Natural Resources, with the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences degree develop a number of skills that include your more traditional classroom skills, like how to write, how to think critically, but perhaps more important to some of their job prospects is that they gain a number of hands-on skills, whether that’s how you go into an ecosystem, an aquatic ecosystem and sample for whatever organism you’re looking for to a suite of laboratory techniques, all the way up to how to analyze data. So the most successful students in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Programs are the students that tap into their passion, that tap into their curiosity. The students that come in with questions in their mind and as they learn more they take their education and apply to their questions but most importantly they come up with hundreds of other questions and they continuously ask questions, they continuously drive and push themselves to understand why what happens in the world around them. [soft music]

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