Aquaculture & Aquatic Science A.A.S.

A seahorse of the marine lab species

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. Handle fish your very first day with our applied learning in aquaculture.

This program provides fundamental training in aquaculture, fisheries biology, limnology and aquatic sciences. 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 Aquaculture Center and Marine Lab, where we raise a variety of species in different systems. We also have extensive campus natural resources and technology and our program utilizes drones, backpack electroshocking, fluorescent microscopy, kayaks, canoes and boats. 

As a graduate of this program, you are qualified to work within hatcheries, aquariums, fisheries and environmental science facilities. You also can continue your studies in our environmental & natural resources management bachelor's degree program, with a focus in GIS and environmental management.

You also can enhance your studies in any SUNY Morrisville degree program through our aquaculture & aquatic science minor, designed for students who also want to gain an understanding of aquaculture, marine biology, fisheries biology, limnology and aquatic biology. You will learn the fundamental scientific principles needed to develop solutions for the pressures placed on our aquatic resources and the production of a sustainable food source through aquaculture. 

Aquaculture Solar Array Installation

SUNY Morrisville Aquaculture Center
Students in Associate Professor Phil Hofmeyer’s classes are hands-in creating clear energy systems on campus and in the community. This ground-mounted solar array at our Aquaculture Center will be used for educational purposes and to offset electricity costs. Three classes were involved in the project from initial concept to design and installation.
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.

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

Program Faculty/Staff