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B.S. in Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Cost TUITION $37,390

Program Overview

Take a deep dive into the mysterious world beneath the water’s surface. Become skilled in caring for the aquatic animals and plants that populate our zoos and aquariums, and learn the intricacies of the fastest-growing sector of the food industry: the cultivation of marine and freshwater species. UNE’s bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science prepares you for a range of aquatic science professions, and there is no better place for your studies than our unique riverside and oceanfront campus.

Why UNE for Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences

With the only B.S. program in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science in the U.S., UNE is the ideal place for your studies. Located at the convergence of the Saco River and Atlantic Ocean, we offer direct access to both fresh and salt waters as well as cutting-edge facilities.

  • Recirculating aquaculture, aquaponics, and flow-through seawater systems
  • Aquarium Science and Conservation Lab
  • Zebrafish facility
  • On-campus administration of AALSO (Aquatic Animal Life Support Organization) Level 1 Certification exam

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Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Curriculum


Program Required Courses


BIO 105/105L - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution (credits included in core requirements)


BIO 106/106L - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular


BIO 200/200L/200S - Genetics


BIO 205/205L Fish Genetics


BIO 204/204L - Parasitology


BIO 221 - Principles of Aquaculture


BIO 222/222L - Techniques in Finfish and Shellfish Culture


BIO 223/223L - Health, Nutrition and Feeding of Cultured Organisms


BIO 232/232L - Microbiology


BIO 234/234L Environmental Microbiology


MAR 250/250L - Marine Biology


BIO 323/323L - Principles of Aquarium Operations and Science


MAR 325 - Marine Science Speaker Series


BIO 495 - Advanced Biological Internship6

Topic Area Program Required Courses (to be selected in consultation with advisor):


One Cellular and Molecular Topic Area course


One Ecology/Evolutionary Biology Topic Area course


One Physiology Topic Area course3-5

Science and Mathematics Required Courses:


CHE 110/110L - General Chemistry I/Lab


CHE 150/150L - University General Chemistry I/Lab


CHE 111/111L - Chemistry II/Lab


CHE 151/151L - University General Chemistry II/Lab


MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences3

Business Adminsitration Electives (choose two upper division Business electives in consultation with advisor) :


Open elective courses (as needed to reach 120 credits)


Highly Recommended Elective Credits:


CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis

EDU 202 - Curriculum Theory and Design

SPC 100 - Effective Public Speaking


Minimum Required Total Credits


*Topic Area Courses


Cellular & Molecular Area

(BIO 290 may fulfill Biology Area requirements depending on subject matter and advisor permission.)


BIO 203 - Histology4

BIO 365 - Immunology3

BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology3


Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Area

(BIO 290 may fulfill Biology Area requirements depending on subject matter and advisor permission.)


BIO 307 - Conservation Genetics3

BIO 328 - Human Evolution3

BIO 333 - Evolution3

MAR 335 - Animal/Behavioral Ecology4

BIO 350 - Ecology4


Physiology Area

(BIO 290 may fulfill Biology Area requirements depending on subject matter and advisor permission.)


BIO 208 - Anatomy and Physiology4

BIO 245 - Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology


BIO 322 - Comparative Animal Physiology3

MAR 326 - Experimental Animal Physiology3

MAR 424 - Physiological Ecology of Fish4

*Business Administration Electives


BUMG 200 - Management3

BUMG 313 - Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship3

BUMG 335 - International Management3

BUAC 201 - Financial Accounting3

BUEC 203 - Macroeconomics3

BUEC 204 - Microeconomics3

BUFI 302 - Personal Finance3

BUFI 315 - Business Financial Concepts and Skill3

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

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