Though the marine science minor is available to students in all degree programs, fisheries students will particularly benefit from the breadth this minor offers. The program will also appeal to students from other disciplines (e.g., political science, earth sciences, biology and wildlife, environmental science, resource management, education) in which possible career paths may require and/or benefit from training in marine science (policymaking, resource management, education, the seafood industry, etc.).
Students who complete the minor in marine science will possess a knowledge base and skill set that will make them more competitive for a wide variety of agency and organization positions, particularly within the state of Alaska. The education and training will be applicable to jobs within government management agencies such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Alaska Native organizations, nonprofit conservation organizations, the seafood industry, or in other policy development, fisheries, education or outreach capacities.