Fisheries and Wildlife Technology (A.A.S.)
The Fisheries and Wildlife Technology program places an emphasis on hands-on learning. Within most classes students participate in a wide variety of activities very similar to those they will conduct when they join the profession. Examples of activities include radio-tracking wildlife, capture and marking of wildlife, identification of animal sign, and habitat assessment surveys. The curriculum is designed to train technicians to work with professional fish and wildlife biologists in the field and in laboratories. SUNY Cobleskill’s natural setting provides students with an “outdoor laboratory.” Numerous lakes, ponds, streams and forested areas are close at hand and are regularly used for field work. The largest and most diverse academic aquaculture facilities in the Northeast, including a 40,000-gallon coldwater fish hatchery, quarantine hatchery, tropical fish hatchery, tank farm, and earthern growout ponds. The College offers field experiences at a fully-equipped biological field station on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, N.Y., in cooperation with SUNY Oneonta. Additional field experiences take place at SUNY Stony Brook’s Marine Sciences Center.