Dec 02, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022

Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences, Fisheries Science Track, B.S.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences requires 120 semester hours.  This includes 57 hours of general education, institutional requirements, and general electives in addition to 32 hours of coursework in aquaculture and fisheries, and 31 hours of supporting coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics.  The department currently has an approximately 3:1 student:faculty ratio that allows for smaller class sizes and is conducive to individual-based instruction.  This curriculum meets guidelines established by the American Fisheries Society and the U.S. Aquaculture Society for undergraduate degree programs in aquaculture and fisheries.

Options for B.S. Degree

The B.S. Degree has four different options available for undergraduate students. These options are designed to enable tailoring the degree’s coursework towards specific career goals, including graduate study. These options include General, Fisheries Science, Aquaculture, and Aquaculture & Seafood Business. The General, Fisheries Science, and Aquaculture options are similar and differ only by 1-2 courses.  The Aquaculture & Seafood Business option is much different. This option contains fewer science courses, and emphasizes business and math courses. Specifically, students in this option are required to take one or more courses in business management, economics, marketing, finance, accounting, computer science, statistics, and Calculus I.  Students desiring this option need to identify themselves during their freshman year so that appropriate advising can be begin with the sophomore year.

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 15

Total Hours: 16

Senior Year


Total Hours: 120


Aquaculture and Fisheries Internship courses: AQFI 2601 , AQFI 2602 , or AQFI 2603  - six credits each, credits taken with consent of UAPB Career Services and course instructor***
Special Problems course available for AQFI majors: AQFI 4V00 , ranges 1-3 credits****
*Students must select one from the following: HIST 1330 /HIST 1340 , HIST 2315 /HIST 2318 , GEOG 2360, PSCI 2312 , PSYC 2300 , SOCI 1320, SOCI 2310, ECON 2311 /ECON 2321 
**Students take free electives with advisor’s consent
***Only one 6-credit course can count as a free elective towards the 120-credit degree requirement
****Variable credit course taken with consent of instructor and Department Chair