• Fisheries Frequently Asked Questions


  • We’ve answered the most common questions about our program and the admissions process.

    Read on! Still didn’t find the answer? Contact a Fisheries faculty adviser.

    Is there a deadline for submitting my information for the program?
    Interested students may submit an application for the program up through the week before the term starts. Students are admitted in the program on a first-come, first served basis after submitting an application and meeting reading, writing, and math requirements.
    How many spots are available in the program?

    The program accepts 32 students. Once these spots are filled, students will be added to the alternate list.

    In the event students admitted to the program decide not to enroll, students on the alternate list will be notified by email, and be given an opportunity to enter the program based on the order of their application date.

    How will I know if/when I will be added to the alternate list?
    The Admissions, Registration and Records office will promptly notify you by email if a position becomes available for you. We ask that you refrain from checking on your status as we will not be able to predict the movement of a filled spot.
    When can I register?
    Registration for fall term begins in May. For admitted students more information will be provided in your acceptance letter.
    What is the expectation of students in the program?

    We look for students who demonstrate the ability to succeed in ALL core areas. To be competitive in the fisheries industry, you'll need to have commitment, the willingness to collaborate with others, work hard, have a strong love of the outdoors and wish to make a positive contribution to the care and management of fisheries resources.

    When does the program start?

    Fisheries Technology is a cohort program starting every year in Fall term (September).

    Can’t I just start the program later in the academic year?

    Fall term is the ONLY opportunity to begin the Fisheries Technology program. Students will not be able to enter the program mid-year.

    How can I find out more?

    Fisheries faculty advisers are always happy to meet with prospective students during office hours to discuss the program requirements and the fisheries profession. Please contact us by email or by phone. We are not on campus during the summer months so please use email to connect with us during the summer.

    Will I have time for a job?

    Most students work while they are completing the program and we try to schedule fisheries courses so there is time for students to work. We encourage students to pursue fisheries-related work if possible to gain valuable experience.

    How much homework is involved?

    The amount of homework will vary by course. The expectation is that a student will put in one (1) to two (2) hours for each class hour outside of class working on homework, reading assigned material, etc. There are additional individual course requirements that require out-of-class time on campus working in the campus fish hatchery, conducting spawning fish surveys, etc.

    Are there any Fisheries classes in the summer?

    No. However, summer is a great time to work on your General Education requirements such as Writing, Math, Health and Physical Education, Human Relations, etc. It is also a good time to gain valuable fisheries-related work experience. Additionally, many students do their required internships during the summer months. The Fisheries program 2-year curriculum can be found at https://catalog.mhcc.edu/programs-majors/fisheries-technology-degree.

    What classes can I take Winter, Spring or Summer terms, before the program starts next Fall?

    You can take any class that satisfies the AAS degree’s General Education requirements (Math, Writing, Human Relations and Health/PE).

    Many General Education classes are available during non-traditional evening and weekend hours or are offered through Online Learning.

    If you are receiving financial aid you are normally required to take at least 12 credits per term (full time student) to receive your full financial aid award. Taking General Education courses prior to starting the Fisheries Technology program may make it difficult to be a full time student especially during the first year. We recommend meeting with an academic advisor before taking General Education courses prior to starting the program for help with scheduling.

    I only have time to take one course at a time. Can I do that?

    Probably not. If you are interested in a very specific class, talk to a Fisheries faculty adviser.

    Are classes available online?

    The Fisheries Technology program provides dynamic hands-on learning experiences. Classes are not offered online.

    What equipment/tools will I need for the program?

    All students will need a USB flash drive (1 GB or more) or external hard drives. Enrolled students will get supply lists in each class. More information on required equipment for the program can be found at https://www.mhcc.edu/FisheriesProgramDetails.

    What is the employment prospect for individuals with a criminal record?
    If you have a criminal conviction including fish and game violations, contact the Fisheries faculty.
    Do I need a valid driver’s license to obtain fisheries-related employment after I graduate?

    Yes! State, federal and tribal agencies all require valid driver’s licenses to obtain employment. Many private fisheries consultants, aquaculture corporations, etc., also require valid driver’s licenses. In addition, most agencies check driving records for several years prior to the time of application. A clean driving record is critical to obtaining seasonal or permanent employment with fisheries agencies! If you have questions about your driving record contact a Fisheries Technology faculty adviser.