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.