SUNY Cobleskill is proud to add to its list of agriculture and technology baccalaureate programs a new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Fisheries & Aquaculture, available starting Fall 2023. The degree program replaces the College’s Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) in the same discipline, with the B.S. label placing additional emphasis on the required ecology, chemistry, and biology components of the major.
“The introduction of this Bachelor of Science degree program signifies a heightened commitment to our students in delivering the scientific study and research experiences that will best serve them in today’s ever-evolving job market,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Darcy Medica. “With this program, we are not only meeting the increasing need for skilled fisheries professionals but also addressing the critical need for sustainable fish production and natural resource management that will keep America’s food system running.”
Aquaculture, the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of animals and plants in all types of water environments, is the fastest growing segment of the agriculture industry. Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption—and that percentage will continue to rise, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
With the demand for food fish on the rise, aquaculture provides quality protein for public consumption, while also reducing over-fishing of the native species found in our nation’s rivers, lakes and oceans. As a result, the demand for a workforce skilled in operating fish hatcheries and for biologists trained in fisheries resource management has continued to rise.
SUNY Cobleskill’s Fisheries & Aquaculture program provides students with hands-on experiences raising brook trout, brown trout, and tiger trout as well as diverse fisheries management field experiences. Students work in one of the largest and most diverse academic aquaculture facilities in the Northeast, including a 40,000- gallon cold water hatchery, quarantine hatchery, warm water fish hatchery and earthen grow out ponds.
Graduates leave the program with the necessary skills for entry into careers including NYSDEC Fisheries and Wildlife Technicians, Fish Culturists, Aquatic/Marine/Wildlife Biologists, Ecologists, Forest Rangers, Park Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers. The degree also offers several graduate pathways including agreements for students to complete graduate degrees at Kentucky State University, SUNY Buffalo State and SUNY Oneonta’s Master of Science in Lake Management.
Learn more about SUNY Cobleskill’s Fisheries & Aquaculture program and apply here.