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Aquaculture and Aquatic Science

Aquaculture CenterThe Aquaculture and Aquatic Science AAS program is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses. This major provides fundamental training in aquaculture, fisheries biology, limnology 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.

First Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

NATR 144
NATR 150
NATR 156
ENGL 101
MATH 102
CITA 100
HIST

Seminar in Environmental Resources
Aquaculture
Aquaculture Practicum I
Language and Composition
Algebra & Trigonometry II
Intro. to Computer Concepts and Applications
101, 102, 103, or 104 (as advised)

1
3
1
3
3
2
3

 

Total 16
Spring Semester

 

NATR 101
NATR 158
NATR 256
NATR 252
BIOL 235
ENGL
General Ecology
Fish Nutrition
Aquaculture Practicum II
Fish Ecology and Management
Microbiology I
English 112, 121, or 102 (as advised)
3
2
1
3
4
3

 

Total 16
Second Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

NATR 152
NATR 250
NATR 257
AGEN 110
ECON 100
CHEM

Fish Reproduction
Aquatic Ecology
Aquaculture Practicum III
Small Power Equipment
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Chemistry (as advised)

2
3
1
2
3
4

 

Total 15
Spring Semester

 

NATR 254
NATR 258
AGEN 120
BSAD
Elective
Fish Health Management
Aquaculture Practicum IV
Water Supply & Sanitation
Business Elective (as advised)
Technical Electives (as advised)
3
1
2
3
8

 

Total 17

 

*Demonstrated proficiency through MAGN 101 (Elementary Algebra) is required for this program.  
   
Suggested Electives**

Cr.

AGRO 110
CITA 123
MATH
MATH 141
CHEM
NATR 100
NATR 110
NATR 130
NATR 140
NATR 142
NATR 210
NATR 213
NATR 232
MATH 141
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
BIOL 236
BSAD 104
BSAD 215
ENSC 106
ENSC 107
AGBS 230

Soil Science
Information Systems Concepts and Applications
Mathematics (as advised)
Statistics
Chemistry (as advised)
Introduction to Forestry & Natural Resources
Natural Resources Measurement
North AMerican Waterfowl
Geology
Plane Surveying
Dendrology
Computer Assisted & Photogrammetric Mapping
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Statistics
General Biology I
General Biology II
Microbiology II
Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management
Pesticide Use & Handling
Integrated Pest Management
Agricultural Business Management

3
1
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
4
4
4
3
3
2
1
2

  **See Aquaculture and Aquatic Science advisor
for acceptable electives
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, a successful graduate 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.

Career Opportunities

Show and tellA variety of career opportunities are available for graduates of the Aquaculture and Aquatic Science AAS program. Such opportunities include federal, state, and private hatchery technician; aquatic biologist; fisheries technician; and environmental science technician.

Many graduates are also transferring into a number of 4-year programs at major universities throughout the United States or pursuing the Renewable Resources B.Tech. program offered in our Department.


Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the program, please contact Prof. Laurie Trotta, the program coordinator. Professor Trotta may also be reached by phone at (315) 684-6240.


Department web site designed and maintained by Dr. Walid Shayya.  Last modified: July 27, 2009 .