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Field of Study: Aquaculture


Aquaculture programs teach people to raise fish, shellfish, and marine plants in controlled environments.



Aquaculture programs include topics such as:

  • Aquatic and marine biology
  • Health and nutrition of aquatic and marine life
  • Design and operation of fish farms and breeding facilities
  • Safety and regulations

A few community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. An associate degree prepares students to work as aquaculture technicians.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in aquaculture. Some schools offer a major in agriculture with a concentration in aquaculture. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in aquaculture. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.