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Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940


Fisheries and Aquaculture

College or University: Pennisula College

Type of degree: A.A.S.

Brief overview of program: Our approach in the fisheries and aquaculture program is to use hands-on projects and experiences to reinforce a strong theoretical foundation in aquatic sciences. Skills and knowledge are learned in the framework of inquiry by means of integrating research-based projects in nearly all the program courses. Communication skills, team work and computer use are interwoven throughout the curriculum. There are several degree and certificate pathways to help you achieve your career goals. The Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS and AAS-T) provide an effective balance of vocational preparation for immediate entry into the workplace as well as transferability to four-year programs. Those who are interested in aquaculture can also use the AAS or AAS-T degrees as effective preparation for the Peninsula College Bachelor of Applied Science degree in business management. The Associate of Science degree is recommended for those planning on immediate transfer into a four-year fisheries science program. The one-year Aquaculture Certificate is a good addition to other degrees or as a stand-alone credential for entry-level work in aquaculture.

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Tuition (2007):In State: $2763 (45 credi, Out of State: $3152 (45 credi

Number of students enrolled in 2007: 20

For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? Fisheries technicians

Description of Facilities: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Program is housed in the college's new Science and Technology Building. Several facilities are devoted to the use of the program. This includes multi-purpose classroom that is used for lecture and laboratory sessions. Itís equipped with an effective audio-visual presentation system and ample bench space for laboratory activities. Students also use this space for collaboration and computer use. The fisheries research laboratory provides space for collaborative projects that students conduct with natural resources agencies and for fisheries courses. Itís equipped with research grade microscopes, PCR and electrophoresis equipment, and water quality instruments. The aquaculture lab provides students experience with constructing recirculation systems, fish rearing, and water chemistry. Additional experience is gained by working at nearby state, federal and Tribal hatcheries. The program also has a boat; fish sampling gear (electrofishing, seines, traps, and gill nets); habitat assessment equipment; and a fish and invertebrate collection for use in zoology classes.

Student Support:

Program Point of Contact: Jack Ganzhorn


Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Institution address: 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
                             Port Angeles,WA 98362

Phone: 360-417-6493


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