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Colleges for a student who loves FISH

BlondineBlondine 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
My son loves to study FISH. He would like to pursue a career in Fisheries, Fish Ecology, Marine Sciences, or something like that. Would prefer NE or (SouthEast) Canada. He is super smart, but his grades are not great. Currently a Junior in HS so no test info yet. Recommendations?
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  • eb23282eb23282 515 replies16 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 11
    I'm not sure about what schools offer majors related to fish, but I do know there is intercollegiate Bass fishing tournaments. This link lists all the participating schools by state. Perhaps they offer fish related majors??
    https://www.wideopenspaces.com/us-colleges-affiliated-bass-fishing-teams-pics/
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5396 replies1 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 11
    Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia has very good programs for many majors that contain the word "marine". Marine biology is one of them. They also have a combined marine biology / oceanography major, as well as an oceanography major.

    If you son wants a smaller school (Dal has about 15,000 undergrads), then both Acadia University and St Francis Xavier also have strong marine biology programs. Both are also in Nova Scotia. I think that marine biology is probably a specialization within a biology major at both.

    Canadian universities care a lot more about recent years of high school rather than "several years ago". Your son's freshman year grades will not matter at all. If he can pull up his grades for junior year, it will help him quite a bit.

    The University of Maine comes to mind as another option.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 885 replies20 threadsRegistered User Member
    UMaine, UNH, URI, College of the Atlantic?
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  • boudersbouders 2446 replies170 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Memorial University has a Fisheries and Marine Institute with several unique programs. https://www.mi.mun.ca/programsandcourses/programs/ Tuition at Memorial is a real bargain.
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  • citykidcitykid 63 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Take a look at Eckerd in Florida and College of Charleston in South Carolina.
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  • warblersrulewarblersrule 9998 replies170 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    edited September 12
    I'd add U Conn, Stony Brook, and SUNY ESF to the excellent suggestions above.

    That said, focusing on colleges with specialized majors may limit his options unnecessarily. Environmental jobs often require a master's degree (natural resources, environmental management, conservation) or a PhD (marine biology, limnology), so it's fine to wait until graduate school to take specialized courses in ichthyology. At the undergraduate level, it's best to get a broad grounding in the natural sciences. If he decides to go the environmental policy route, courses in statistics and economics are very useful as well.

    It's difficult for us to offer helpful suggestions without knowing your financial situation. I recommend figuring out what you will be expected to pay as well as what you can afford to pay. Run an EFC calculator.

    https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/expected-family-contribution-calculator
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3977 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    BU would have a top marine program, I think they call it BUMP. If you wanted to venture all the way to the left coast, CSU-Monterey Bay has an excellent marine biology program, is in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and pretty easy to get into.
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