Recent reviews of learning outcomes and the literature in disciplines closely related to fisheries suggest that undergraduate curricula will need to adapt to produce students with the knowledge, competencies, and skills needed to promote relevancy of state and federal agencies. Specifically, competency in the areas of technical capacity, leadership capacity, administrative capacity, and adaptive capacity are desirable. This symposium will bring together representatives from the public sector, private sector, NGOs, universities, and AFS to discuss critical knowledge, competencies, and skills that should be addressed in the the fisheries undergraduate curriculum. We will explore how restrictions on credit hours and professional certification may be addressed through knitting of undergraduate and graduate curricula and expectations for professional certification.

Supported by:

  • National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs
  • Education Section of the American Fisheries Society
  • Virginia Tech
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • University of Georgia


  • Joel Snodgrass, Virginia Tech, [email protected]
  • Selina Heppell, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University
  • Melissa Wuellner, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Marty Hamel, University of Georgia