Aquaculture & Aquatic Science A.A.S.

Aquaculture student measuring a fish

Immerse yourself in your learning.

Through its diversity and depth, SUNY Morrisville’s Associate in Applied Science degree program in aquaculture & aquatic science prepares you for success in aquaculture, marine biology, fisheries and conservation, and many related industries.

As part of the college’s Environmental Sciences Department, the program provides fundamental training in aquaculture, fisheries biology, limnology and aquatic biology. You will explore diverse subjects through practical, hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art aquaculture complex and a wide assortment of laboratory and field settings.

A feature of the program is the college’s Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) initiative, a closed system which supports indoor plant cultivation and fish culture.

You also can enhance your studies by joining the Morrisville Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and our Outdoor Recreation Club. 

As a graduate of this program, you are qualified to work as a technician in hatcheries, fisheries and environmental science facilities. You also can continue your studies through transfer elsewhere into baccalaureate degree programs in marine biology, environmental conservation, aquaponics, agriculture and many other related fields of study.

Labor Market Data

SUNY Morrisville provides Burning Glass labor market data to illustrate current trends in careers related to our academic programs. The below information is drawn from Burning Glass's data for job postings related to this program in the Northeast United States (New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont) between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019.

Market Salary

Market Salary shows the salary that graduates who remain in the region can expect to find with their degree. Expect to earn a salary close to the median (50th percentile) with your degree from SUNY Morrisville. Your actual salary could be lower (10th percentile) or higher (90th percentile), depending on factors such as location and certification requirements.

Top 10 Regional Employers for this Program

The list below displays the regional employers who have had the most job postings requiring skills you’d gain from this program.

  1. State of New York
  2. New England Aquarium
  3. State of Massachusetts
  4. State of Connecticut
  5. Charles River Laboratories
  6. National Aquarium
  7. Ripley Entertainment
  8. Liberty Science Center
  9. Hudson Valley Fish Farm Inc.
  10. Wildlife Conservation Society

Top Job Titles for this Program

These are the job titles you are most likely to see listings for, when graduating from this program.

  1. Fish and Wildlife Technician
  2. Aquarist
  3. Culturist
  4. Specialist
  5. Fisheries Biologist
  6. Environmental Protection Resource Assistant
  7. Cultivation Technician
  8. Fish Hatchery Technician
  9. Educational Aquarist