Redefining the Classroom

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Classes at the ARL

LSSU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management with options to concentrate in either Fisheries or Wildlife. The program places a stong emphasis on understanding the relationships between organisms and their habitats by blending a conceptual understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and population dynamics with practical skills obtained during lab and field exercises. Students completing this program will be well prepared for graduate school and careers with governmental and private agencies. LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory enhances the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program by providing students with unique opportunities to gain hands-on experiences in fish hatchery operations and fish management. Students are exposed to the ARL through classes, senior research, and employment/volunteer opportunities.

The location of the ARL makes it an ideal setting at which to hold aquatic-related courses. Many LSSU classes, including Fish Culture, Fisheries Management, Limnology, and Ichthyology utilize the ARL facilities for laboratory exercises. Sampling gear is housed at the ARL and access to field sites is available directly outside the facility.

Your Message in the Summer Laker Log about the LSSU emphasis on undergraduate education stirred many memories and I can attest first hand it was true even 35 years ago. In 1977, after 3 years at LSSU (with a NRT Associates degree) I transferred to MSU to complete my bachelors in Fisheries and Wildlife. By this time, I already had served one temporary appointment with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and was regularly getting interview offers for more temp jobs with the FWS, USGS, Forest Service and National Parks Service. I was told by the interviewers that LSSU had gotten a reputation for producing solid, reliable, hard working kids and their applications always got a serious look by the people doing the hiring. I found myself competing regularly with LSSU grads. About six months after graduating from MSU I was working for the FWS Great Lakes Fisheries Laboratory when I ran into 3 of the graduate students that taught me Fisheries at MSU. Now graduates themselves they had no prospects for employment in their chosen field even with their advanced degrees. Later over a beer, they confided to me that the professor they worked for, who was also my academic advisor, thought I was “BS-ing” about the employment nibbles I was constantly getting. I don’t remember if they thought LSSU was Superior, but I knew it was. Enjoy, See you at GLSW! Alex B. “75”

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

The ARL employs approximately 15 students annually (~12 part-time during the academic year, ~3 full-time during the summer) to assist in research and daily lab management activities. Additional students are hired as needed and as funding becomes available for other research projects conducted at the ARL. Students gain experience in Great Lakes and river sampling (e.g. lake sturgeon, salmon, and zooplankton surveys, water chemistry sampling) and fish culture and rearing techniques (e.g. life history requirements of fishes), and data entry and analysis. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of ongoing research projects at the ARL.

LSSU undergraduates gain hands-on experience in fish culture and rearing techniques.

LSSU undergraduates work with local natural resources agencies to address fisheries management questions. Download an application to work at the ARL