What We Do
Develop and disseminate knowledge about aquatic animals and their habitats, including aquaculture; interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; and fates and effects of pollutants; and appropriate management practices for the protection and use of aquatic ecosystems.
The Aquatic Sciences Major prepares students for professional careers in fisheries research and management, information and education, and interdisciplinary investigations of environmental problems with emphasis on fresh water systems. Aquatic Sciences has two concentrations: Marine and Freshwater Biology and Fisheries. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and meet certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society.
Concentrations available in the aquatic sciences major includes:
Gain valuable field experience through our practicums:
What do you do?
As an Aquatic Scientists, you are charged with protecting and enhancing fish populations and aquatic communities. You work with streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, reservoirs systems and, potentially, aquaculture systems. You monitor fish and aquatic communities by collecting data on number and species of fish and other aquatic organisms, analyze food webs and food availability, and develop and implement management plans that increase the sustainability of these communities.
For aquatic publications, videos and other resources connecting decision-makers with aquatic science view:
- Purdue Extension - Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Aquaculture & Aquatics
- Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
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