Aquaculture & Aquatic Science, A.A.S., Major #1020

This major provides fundamental training in aquaculture, fisheries biology, limnology, marine biology and aquatic biology. Students receive a broad-based education by exploring diverse subject matter in aquaculture and aquatic sciences. Practical, hands-on experience is emphasized, using an operational aquaculture complex and a wide assortment of laboratory and field equipment.

The Aquaculture and Aquatic Science curriculum prepares students for fish culture and management technology, aquatic ecology, limnology, and marine biology, working as federal, state and private hatchery technicians, aquatic biologists, fisheries technicians and environmental science technicians.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the state of the aquaculture and aquatic science profession and potential career opportunities.

  • Utilize the developed expertise in concepts, theories, and emerging methodologies to succeed in tackling real-world issues in aquaculture and aquatic science.

  • Conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with an embodied sense of environmental stewardship.

  • Assess, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information objectively and deal professionally and ethically with clients, the public, and agency personnel.

  • Utilize oral and computer communication skills necessary to interact in the profession.

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in taxonomy and natural history of aquatic flora and fauna of the northeast.

  • Demonstrate hands-on experience in aquatic sampling inventory and measurement techniques.

  • Become an independent, self-motivated professional with the ability to recognize problems in their field of aquaculture and aquatic science and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Utilize existing technology, products, and services to maximize work efficiency and success.

  • Practice a collaborative spirit in team-efforts and project coordination.

 Curriculum Requirements - 60 Credits

course

Credits

NATR 101 - General Ecology

3

NATR 144 - Seminar in Environmental Resources

1

NATR 150 - Aquaculture

3

NATR 152 - Fish Reproduction

2

NATR 158 - Fish Nutrition

2

NATR 250 - Aquatic Ecology

3

NATR 252 - Fish Ecology and Management

3

NATR 254 - Fish Health Management

3

NATR 156 - Aquaculture Practicum I

1

NATR 256 - Aquaculture Practicum II

1

Practicum/Research Elective - two of the following 4 courses:

NATR 257 - Aquaculture Practicum III

1

NATR 258 - Aquaculture Practicum IV

1

NATR 288 - Research in Aquatic Science I

1

NATR 289 - Research in Aquatic Science II

1

AGEN 110 - Small Power Equipment

2

OR

NATR 103 - Natural Resources Equipment Operation

2

OR

AGEN 151 - Applied Hydraulics for Hydropower Generation

3

AGEN 120 - Water Supply Sanitation

3

OR

ENVT 345 - Surface and Groundwater Management

3

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

BSAD - Business Elective as Advised

3

CHEM - Chemistry 101 or 121 as Advised

4

OR

BIOL 120 - General Biology I

4

OR

NATR 110 - Natural Resources Measurements

3

Technical Electives as Advised

*Technical Elective from subject areas: AGBS, AGEN, AGSC, BIOL, BSAD, CHEM, CJUS, ENSC, ENVT, HORT, NATR, RENG, RREN

9-10

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

OR

COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

MATH - as Advised

Proficiency through MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry Required

3

BIOL 285 - Microbiology

3

ECON 100 - Introduction to Macroeconomics

3

OR

ECON 140 - Introduction to Microeconomics

3

OR

AGBS 225 - Environmental Economics

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 15 Credits

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

OR

COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

NATR 144 - Seminar in Environmental Resources

1

NATR 101- General Ecology

3

NATR 150 - Aquaculture

3

NATR 156 - Aquaculture Practicum I

1

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

Year 1/Spring - 15-17 Credits

NATR 110, CHEM 101, 121 or BIOL 120 as Advised

3-4

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

OR

COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

NATR 158 - Fish Nutrition

3

NATR 252 - Fish Ecology and Management

3

NATR 256 - Aquaculture Practicum II

1

Technical Elective as Advised

3

Year 2/Fall - 15-16 Credits

AGEN 110 - Small Power Equipment

OR

NATR 103- Natural Resources Equipment Operation

OR

AGEN 151 - Applied Hydraulics for Hydro-power Generation

2-3

BIOL 285 - General Microbiology

4

NATR 152 - Fish Reproduction

2

NATR 250 - Aquatic Ecology

3

NATR 257/288 - Practicum/Research Elective as Advised

1

Technical Elective as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 15-16 Credits

AGEN 120 - Water Supply and Sanitation

OR

ENVT 345 - Surface & Groundwater Management

2-3

ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics

OR

ECON 140 - Introduction to Microeconomics

OR

AGBS 225 - Environmental Management

3

NATR 254 - Fish Health Management

3

NATR 258/289 - Practicum/Research Elective as Advised

1

BSAD - Business Elective as Advised

3

Technical Elective as Advised

3