Offered by the Department of Biology
Professors Kirby, Maris (chairperson)
Associate Professors: Clifford, Hensley, Kagle, Stein
Mansfield University offers the only undergraduate Fisheries degree in Pennsylvania and the most complete undergraduate Fisheries program in the country. MU Fisheries interns and graduates have been placed across the United States, establishing Mansfield as a major center for Fisheries Education. Graduates are, therefore, very competitive for employment and graduate school opportunities. This B.S. degree program is housed within the Biology Department and provides extensive course work in the three major areas of Fisheries Science: Aquaculture, Fisheries Biology, and Fisheries Management. Unique features of the program include a summer internship, field courses, and a required research project. Cooperative education and research agreements with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are integral components of the Fisheries Program at Mansfield University. Graduates of the program meet the requirements for certification as Associate Fisheries Scientists by the American Fisheries Society. With a year of Organic Chemistry, the Fisheries major will have a minor in Chemistry. The Chemistry minor, Genetics (BI 3372), and Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BI 3390) are highly recommended for Fisheries’ graduates who plan to attend graduate school. Students wishing to receive American Fisheries Society certification must take a statistics course through advisement.
In addition to the core Student Learning Outcomes for the Biology program students in the Fisheries Concentration are expected to be able to:
- Apply knowledge of fish culture and fish management.
- Choose an appropriate statistical test to analyze a given set of data.
- Identify local fishes.
- Properly operate electroshocking equipment.