Aquatics and Fisheries Program

Programs of Study
Aquatics and Fisheries Biology
The Aquatic and Fisheries Biology emphasis is designed for students interested in pursuing a career or graduate study in aquatic science. Available courses provide students with a degree of breadth and depth not usually available at the undergraduate level. Students are able to select courses that focus on several major groups of freshwater organisms, including fish, aquatic insects, freshwater algae, and aquatic plants, and on two major ecosystems, lake and river.
Grand Valley's location is ideal for the study of aquatic and fisheries biology. Many small lakes and streams are located close to campus, and Lake Michigan is is only a short drive away. The University's research vessels, the 45-foot D.J. Angus and the 65-foot W.G. Jackson, are available for departmental use, as are other facilities and resources of the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI). The extensive wetlands of the Grand River, which flows adjacent to the campus, provide other fascinating places for biological studies.

Students should plan to complete the following courses in addition to meeting the core and other requirements for the Biology major:

BIO 440 (4 cr.) Limnology
BIO 450 (4 cr.) Stream Ecology

BIO 362 (4 cr.) Fisheries Biology - OR - BIO 442 (3 cr.) Fish Ecology
BIO 232 (3 cr.) Natural History of Invertebrates - OR - BIO 372 (3 cr.)Aquatic Insects
BIO 323 (3 cr.) Aquatic Plants) - OR - BIO 413 (3 cr.) Freshwater Algae

Although there is no set pattern of coursework in the emphasis, courses are offered during particular semesters to enhance availability to students. Courses offered during the fall semester include: BIO 323, BIO 362, BIO 440, and BIO 450. Courses offered during winter semester include BIO 232, BIO 372, BIO 413, and BIO 442.

Faculty with interests in Aquatic and Fisheries Biology:

James Dunn - Entomology
Jodee Hunt - Zoology; vertebrate behavior and ecology
Mark Luttenton - Aquatic biology; ecology
Eric Snyder - Aquatic biology


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