Professional and Technical

Aquaculture Technology – Associate Degree (A15120)

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.

Course work includes biology, chemistry, and math, as well as water quality and limnology, nutrition and feeding, genetics and breeding, facilities construction, and business. Students will spend time working in the industry through the cooperative work experience or conducting an individualized study through the aquaculture project.

Graduates may find employment on private farms and government hatcheries or at public aquariums. Graduates may also start new businesses in fish, shellfish, or aquatic plant farming; pond and lake management services; or home/office aquarium or water garden management services.

Aquaculture Technology is a program that prepares individuals to select, culture, propagate, harvest, and market domesticated fish, shellfish, and marine plants, both freshwater and saltwater.

Potential course work includes instruction in the basic principles of aquatic and marine biology; health and nutrition of aquatic and marine life; design and operation of fish farms, breeding facilities, culture beds, and related enterprises; and related issues of safety, applicable regulations, logistics, and supply.

BCC also offers Aquaculture Technology Diploma and Certificate  options.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A15120)

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester #1
ACA 115 Success & Study Skills 1
-or-
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
AGR 130 Altern Agriculture Production 3
AQU 111 Aquaculture l 3
AQU 161 Aquaculture Practicum l 1
AQU 163 Aquaculture Practicum lll 1
AQU 220 Aquaculture Facilities 3
BUS 280 REAL Small Business 4
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3
Semester Total 19
Spring Semester #1
AQU 112 Aquaculture ll 3
-or-
AQU 260 Aquariology 3
AQU 162 Aquaculture Practicum II 1
AQU 210 Limnology & Water Quality 3
-or-
AQU 270 Water Gardens 3
BIO 111 General Biology l 4
CHM 151 General Chemistry l 4
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Semester Total 18
Fall Semester #2
AQU 164 Aquaculture Practicum IV 1
AQU 230 Fish Genetics & Breeding 3
AQU 240 Fish Nutrition & Diseases 3
BIO 112 General Biology ll 4
ENG 112 Writing/Research/Disciplines 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
-or-
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra 4
Semester Total 17-18
Spring Semester #2
AQU 165 Aquaculture Practicum V 1
AQU 166 Aquaculture Practicum Vl 1
AQU 251 Hatchery Management l 3
AQU 255 Invertebrate Culture 3
-or-
BUS 137 Principles of Management 3
-or-
MKT 120 Principles of Marketing 3
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective* 3
Semester Total 18
Summer Semester #2
AQU 280 Aquaculture Project 2
-or-
WBL 112 Work-Based Learning I 2
Semester Total 2
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 74-75

*Note: See Humanities/Fine Arts Electives and Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives for a complete listing of eligible courses.

Aquaculture/Mariculture Bilateral Articulation Agreement Between UNCW & BCC

BCC students who complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Aquaculture Technology will be considered for admission into the UNCW Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology Program with Mariculture emphasis. Students seeking admission to the UNCW program must maintain at least a 2.5 overall GPA while at BCC and comply with all terms and conditions set forth in the agreement. Students may transfer up to 64 semester hours of credit, which would allow them to enter UNCW with junior year status. See the Aquaculture program director for additional information.