Lake Superior State University

Fish Health: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The Bachelor of Science degree in Fish Health prepares students for assessment of aquatic animal health in areas of bacterial, viral and parasitic disease. The degree requirements cover content in fish ecology, physiology and hatchery culture, including diseases caused by environmental stress (e.g. gas bubble disease or issues with low dissolved oxygen), as well as those caused by nutritional and mineral deficiencies. In addition, the program includes background in the microbial, viral and parasitic vectors of disease as well as the ecology of disease transmission. The program satisfies the academic requirements for American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Pathologists. The program is an excellent preparation for veterinary school* and other careers in the health professions. Our graduates are currently employed as medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, clinical laboratory scientists, biological researchers, consultants and teachers. Many careers in biology require education beyond the baccalaureate degree and LSSU’s biology program has a proven record of excellent preparation.

*Most veterinary colleges will also require one year of physics.



Degree Requirements


Fish Health Major (77 credits)

Chemistry Minor (21 credits)

Support Courses (7 credits)

  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4

General Education (25 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS: 129


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.