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2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Aquaculture is the science and business of producing aquatic animals and plants useful to humans. Aquaculture is the application of biological, physical and business management principles to solve problems encountered with the production, processing, marketing, and management of aquatic animals and plants. More information about Aquaculture can be found on our web site

Students majoring in aquaculture receive a well-rounded set of courses in the biological and physical sciences, aquaculture production, resource economics, food science and business management in the core program of study. Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits in a secondary area of specialization of their choosing (career enhancement electives) to augment their major. For example, through the career enhancement electives, students can obtain the minimum course requirements for certification as an Associate Fisheries Scientist by the American Fisheries Society. Or they may choose to obtain a minor in a recognized field of study, e.g. resource and agribusiness management, microbiology etc. Numerous options are available. Career enhancement electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Students majoring or minoring in Aquaculture at the University of Maine will find a strong interaction between research and academic programs. Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in research studies conducted at one of the university’s three aquaculture research facilities: the Aquaculture Research Center (on campus), the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (Franklin, ME), and the shellfish aquaculture laboratory at the Darling Marine Center (Walpole, ME). Students can acquire academic credit for approved internship experiences in the aquaculture industries. In addition, we have arrangements with the Marine Technology Center of Washington County Technical College for students to acquire academic credit for approved courses in mariculture technology.

The Aquaculture degree program is an interdisciplinary program but is offered through the School of Marine Sciences. Interested students are encouraged to consult with the aquaculture contact person within the School for additional information.

Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture

  1. Satisfy university-wide general education requirements
  2. Earn at least 120 credits
  3. College: NFA 117
  4. English: ENG 317
  5. Communication: CMJ 103
  6. Marine Sciences: At least SMS 100, 211, 220, 309, 320, 409, 420, 422, 425, 467, 401
  7. Biology: BIO 100, 200
  8. Biological Engineering: BRE 449
  9. Chemistry: BMB 207, 208 or CHY121-123, 122-124
  10. Computer Science: COS 101, 102, 103 combined, or 110 or 211 or 220
  11. Food Science and Nutrition: FSN 440
  12. Interdisciplinary courses: INT 110, 460
  13. Mathematics: MAT 114 or 126 or 151, and 215 or 232 or BIO 252.
  14. Resource Economics and Policy: REP 254. A minimum of 15 credits of career enhancement electives
  15. Senior capstone experience: AVS 401, 402 or SMS 400

Suggested curriculum for the B.S. in Aquaculture

First year - First Semester

First Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

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