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With lumber salvaged from a razed dormitory, four abandoned troughs, redwood shake bolts from a barrel factory, 10,400 salmon eggs delivered from the Little River on Feb. 24, 1940, and later enough beef livers and spleens (thanks to the State Division of Meat Inspection) to keep the small fry fed, the study of Natural Resources and Fisheries was spawned at Humboldt State over 70 years ago.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

The Humboldt State University Fisheries Biology Undergraduate Program Requirements allow students to choose an emphasis in either Freshwater or Marine Fisheries. Learn more »

Graduate Program

Humboldt State University offers a Masters degree with a Fisheries option under the Natural Resources Graduate Program. Learn more »

Cooperative Programs


The Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System (PaCOOS) provides ocean information for the sustained use of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem under a changing climate. A PhD fishery scientist working for the National Marine Fisheries Service has been located at HSU to oversee northern California fisheries oceanographic sampling as part of the Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System. Visit PaCOOS Website »

CA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

One of 40 such cooperative research units in the USGS Cooperative Research Unit Program. Cooperators are Humboldt State University, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the U. S. Geological Survey. The Coop Unit plays a critical role in graduate education in our program. Visit California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Website »

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