Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Phone: 715-346-4617


UW-Stevens Point Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences graduates at work

  • Joshua LallamanAssistant professor, biology department, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Dave LaBomascus Manager of fisheries division, Stoney Creek Fisheries and Equipment, Michigan
  • Brent Bellinger Senior environmental scientist, City of Austin, Texas


Phone: 715-346-4617

Choose Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at UW-Stevens Point

There are about ​40,000 acres of public land within 20 miles of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that provide numerous opportunities for students, working closely with faculty, to learn about fisheries and aquatic sciences in the field.

Students gain additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience generally taken between their sophomore and junior years. Students choose between an intensive, six-week hands-on summer field experience, at locations such as our Treehaven residential facility, or our European Environmental Seminar where students learn how European natural resource management compares to that in the United States.

Career opportunities in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

​The fisheries and aquatic science option prepares you for employment in:
  • consulting firms
  • state, tribal and federal resource management agencies
where you would be involved with:
  • manipulating fishery resources through regulating human use
  • managing aquatic habitat
  • stocking.
A master’s degree will greatly increase your employment potential and job responsibilities in fisheries and aquatic sciences.

Building your résumé

Students can build their résumés through internships and independent research during their time at UW-Stevens Point. Experiences and opportunities are available through our Center for Watershed Science and Education, Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and individual faculty members. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at professional meetings, conferences and the College of Natural Resources annual Student Research Symposium.

Outside the classroom

​​Participating in student organizations is a great way to get involved outside the classroom. UW-Stevens Point hosts more than 200 student organizations including the American Water Resources Association. Visit Campus Activities and Student Engagement for a list of opportunities.

Student support services

Student success is our top priority and the College of Natural Resources Academic and Career Advising Center (CNR ACAC) is an excellent resource to help students reach graduation day. Professional advisers and peer mentors are available Monday through Friday to answer questions about classes, advising, scholarships, internships etc. The CNR ACAC also produces a weekly e-newsletter, the CNR Reporter, with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times and other important happenings on and around campus.