Course Selection

  • Acquaint yourself with the School of Fisheries and potential areas of emphasis. Recognize that Biology is the foundation upon which your Fisheries degree is built.
  • Gateway Courses: FISH 1100 (FALL), BIOL 1020/21 AND BIOL 1030/31.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor each semester to discuss your major and academic plan.

Comer Hall, home of the college of agriculture student advising

Gain Experience

  • Check your “This Week on Ag Hill” and
    “Find Your Career” e-mails to learn about ways you can get involved and
    gain experience on campus.
  • Use LinkedIn ( to
    identify past graduates in your major.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Join the College of Agriculture Student Services Facebook page for college and major updates, and internship and job postings.
  • The American Fisheries Society promotes professional development, outreach, and scholarship for students interested in fisheries or aquaculture.
  • Follow the College of Agriculture on our social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.


Course Selection

  • At end of sophomore year students will choose their area of emphasis: Pre-Professional, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management, Aquaculture or Marine Resources.
  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 3060 AND FISH 2100 (SUMMER).

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve academic performance, including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.

Gain Experience

  • Consider traveling abroad. The college offers Study Abroad Scholarships to
    students studying abroad.
  • Apply to the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. Students get to take part in job shadowing opportunities, networking opportunities, and see first hand where your degree can take you.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer! Seek out opportunities that cater to your interest and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest, to attend meetings and enhance your resume.


Course Selection

  • Students choose coursework related to chosen area of emphasis. Think about obtaining an internship or Fisheries related research experience.
  • Gateway Courses: FISH 5220 (FALL).

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with a counselor in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance.

Gain Experience

  • Pursue opportunities for an internship.
  • Attend professional development events (Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, Workshops).

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organization to exercise and enhance your skills.


Course Selection

  • Complete upper level courses within your chosen area of emphasis. Complete research/internship experience. Students should be prepared to enter the workforce or advanced education with a skill set that will enable success in their chosen area of interest.
  • Gateway Courses: FISH 5380 AND FISH 5510.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your resume and cover letter.

Gain Experience

  • Attend AU Career Fair.
  • Attend professional conferences and take part in industry tours.

Get Involved

  • Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture. The organization is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

General Information

The fisheries pre-professional option will equip you with a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences as well as fisheries sciences. It will also prepare you for Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine and other professional schools, including graduate school.

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Holland's Code: IR

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • INTJ
    • ESTP

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


    • Achievement
    • Independence
    • Recognition


    • Science
    • Complex Problem-Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Speaking

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science: Pre-Professional Option Majors

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    Last modified: August 12, 2020