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. Or enhance your studies in any program with our aquaculture and aquatic sci minor. 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 the environmental science program with a focus in GIS and environmental management in our environmental and natural resources bachelors program.

Brook Trout Spawning

SUNY Morrisville Aquaculture Center
Assistant Professor Elisa Livengood shows us how students at SUNY Morrisville strip egg and milt from brook trout for breeding.
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