Getting a BSc in Aquaculture

With the need to feed an ever-growing human population, the field of aquaculture has become one of the most popular courses nowadays. Aquaculture is a field with plenty of opportunities for growth as the primary focus of aquaculture is to help humans with food security.

Note: Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food supply sector in the world, and it helps us with food security. In 2018, the world’s total aquaculture production reached an all-time high of 114.5 million tonnes in live weight.

Here’s what we’ll look at today

  • What does a degree in Aquacultureoffer?
  • Skills required to master Aquaculturecourse
  • Top 10 universities to study Aquaculture
  • Graduate opportunities

What does a degree in Aquaculture offer?

Aquaculture is known as the breeding and harvesting of seafood and the sustainable management of the aquatic environment. A BSc Aquaculture course is for a duration of three to four years, and this is a field of studies that blends subjects like biology, life science, zoology, aquaculture, biochemistry, biodiversity, and conservation. Each country has its own measures to protect its aquatic environment and tackle challenges, so by studying this course in one of the top global ed destinations, you will get a global perspective of how each county looks at its own aquatic environment and the measures taken by them to maintain it.

Aquaculture is a part of life science as it focuses more on natural science and combines a framework to focus on the health and safety issues of human beings. This course will look at fish, mollusks, sea organisms, plants, and crustaceans in detail and will try to explore the ideal conditions for their growth and sustenance. This course also helps the student specialise in developing pharmaceutical products, food safety, preservation of marine life science, research, and sustainable cultivation.

Skills required to master aquaculture course

  • Observation skills
  • Good colour vision
  • Research and Investigation Skills
  • Design and Planning Skills
  • Inter-personal skills
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Patience
  • Good physical health
  • Perseverance and interest in outdoor activities

Top universities to study aquaculture

Serial No. University Country
1 University of Waikato New Zealand
2 St. Francis Xavier University Canada
3 Juniata College United States
4 The University of British Columbia Canada
5 University of Alberta Canada
6 Auburn University United States
7 Harvard university United States
8 Murray State University United States
9 Memorial University of Newfoundland United Kingdom
10 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi United States

Various courses offered in aquaculture by universities are :

  • BSc Aquaculture
  • BA/BSc Aquatic Resources
  • BSc Biology: Fisheries and Aquatic Biology
  • BSc Fish conservation and Aquaculture
  • BSc Marine biology and Aquaculture
  • BSc Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
  • BSc Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • MSc Fisheries & Mariculture
  • M.Phil. Aquaculture
  • Ph.D. Aquaculture

An undergraduate degree in aquaculture is offered as a B.A and BScs course in various universities for a duration of three years to four years. After completing the undergraduate program in aquaculture, you can aim for a two-year master’s program with a specialisation in Agriculture and aquaculture, animal science, fisheries, mariculture, aquaculture and fisheries, horticulture, and plant and crop science.

Here's a look at some important content that are part of anaquaculture curriculum:

  • Ornamental Fish-culture
  • Computational andAnalytical methods inAquaculture
  • An Introduction to General; Biology and Physiology of Cultivable species.
  • Freshwater Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture environment and disease
  • Aquaculture systems engineering
  • Aquatic resource management
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Fishing Gears and crafts
  • Biochemistry for Aquaculture
  • Fish biology
  • Politics of the ocean
  • Invertebrate & Prochordate Biology
  • Evolution and genetics of fish
  • Hatchery management
  • Limnology

What do aquaculture graduates do?

Aquaculture is a field of study which has a plethora of job opportunities. The jobs in this field are not limited to the government sector alone. There are many opportunities in both private and government sectors, and it’s a field with plenty of opportunities for growth. Here are some of the popular career opportunities after graduating in BSc Aquaculture:

  • Fish farm technician
  • Fisheries manager
  • Hatchery manager
  • Environmental and regulatory affairs manager.
  • Fish health technician
  • Aquaculture engineer
  • Aquabiologist
  • Hatchery manager
  • Fishery officer
  • Research officer
  • Quality control specialist
  • Environmental sustainability officer
  • Farm manager
  • Saltwater production manager
  • Hatchery technician

Hope this article helped in bringing you closer to the subject of your choice. Log on to TC Global’s student portal and know more about courses and programmes.

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