Certificate, Diploma, Associate in Applied Science
The Aquaculture Technology Curriculum prepares individuals for careers in aquaculture and management of aquatic ecosystems. It provides a broad background in science and math as well as specialized course work and practical experience in fish, shellfish, and aquatic plant production and management.
Graduates may find employment on private fish farms, private aquaponic farms or public aquaponic demonstration facilities, at local, state, and federal hatcheries, or at public aquariums. Graduates may also start new businesses in fish, shellfish, or aquatic plant farming, aquaponics, pond and lake management services, water garden management services, or aquarium management services for businesses such as restaurants or doctor’s offices.
How important is Aquaculture?
World aquaculture production of fish (including non-food items) accounted for approximately 44 percent of total production from capture fisheries and aquaculture in 2014 (Figure 1) and is predicted to provide approximately 62 percent of all fish for human consumption by 2030 (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2014).
Aquaculture Job Outlook for the United States
There will be additional aquaculture jobs in the future due to the demand for seafood and resulting rapid growth of aquaculture. For example, NOAA has a ten-year (2015-2025) plan for marine aquaculture and has estimated that by 2025 American aquaculture production could more than double, adding one million tonnes of production and 75,000 jobs to the industry.
Aquaculture at Brunswick Community College
Curriculum Programs, leading to the Certificate, Diploma, and the Associate in Applied Science
Curriculum programs are fully accredited academic programs designed for college level students who wish to earn a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree in Aquaculture Technology.
Please contact Admissions to apply for the curriculum programs in Aquaculture Technology: (800) 754-1050
For descriptions of our 1-semester Curriculum, 1-year Diploma, and 2-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aquaculture Technology, along with aquaculture course descriptions, please refer to “Catalog & Handbook” under the “Students” tab on the main page of this website. We also offer a fully online option to obtain a Certificate or Diploma in Aquaculture Technology.
Certificate: Designed as a 1-semester (16 weeks) program to provide the student with the background necessary to establish a small-scale aquaponic or sustainable aquaculture family farm. The Certificate includes 13 hours of coursework in aquaponics (the combination of recirculating fish culture and hydroponic plant culture), introductory aquaculture, and business management. The courses have no prerequisites, and no placement test is required. The only requirement to enter the Certificate Program is a high school diploma or equivalent.
Diploma: Designed as a 1-year (2 semesters) program to go beyond the introductory level and to provide the student with the background needed to build and manage small to medium scale commercial aquaculture and aquaponic operations. The Diploma Program requires a high school diploma or equivalent, and placement testing for math and english proficiency. The program includes two 18-credit-hour semesters of coursework in biology, chemistry, english, business and economics as well as both introductory and advanced courses in aquaculture and aquaponics. The Certificate is integral to the Diploma and is earned in the process of completing the Diploma.
Associate in Applied Science Degree: Designed as a full 2-year degree program in aquaculture and aquaponics. Students completing the Degree program will be well qualified to build and manage large scale commercial aquaculture operations, and also have the option of taking advantage of our articulation agreement with nearby UNC-Wilmington to enter their highly recognized B.S. Degree Program in Marine Biology. The UNC-Wilmington Center for Marine Sciences has a world-renowned research program in saltwater aquaculture or mariculture of finfish (including flounder, black sea bass and mutton snapper) and shellfish (including oysters). The Certificate and Diploma are integral to the A.A.S. Degree and are earned in the process of completing the degree.
Online Continuing Education Aquaculture Technology Program
No state residency requirement, open to everyone. These are non-credit courses designed for farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, and others interested in learning about aquaculture but who do not wish to pursue a degree.
Please contact Lori Summerlin to register for Online Continuing Education Aquaculture Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.754.1050.
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