With tanks full of exciting marine ornamental species, the wet lab is a focal point for campus tours, and is very attractive to prospective students. While the facility has always provided hands-on training and research opportunities to a large number of students each year, there were few formal courses which students could take for credit. It would be easy for us to create and offer a world-class B.Sc. degree in aquaculture or aquarium science, but it is the strong opinion of the faculty that these topics are too specialized for a major at the undergraduate level. Thus, in order to tie our research into an academic experience for our students we created several new courses and a minor degree in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science. This minor is, in part, supported by the research affiliation with the New England Aquarium in Boston and internship opportunities with the aquarium have also been established. Some of these courses are now directly applicable to the marine biology degree as the result of a recent revision of the degree requirements.
Requirements for the Minor in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science
|AQS||260||Principles of Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Lab|
|AQS||262||Aquarium System Design and Life Support and Lab|
Three (3) courses from the following list:
|AQS||306||Principles of Exhibit Development (offered at RWU and NEAq)**|
|AQS||314||Field Collection Methods (offered by NEAq in the Bahamas)|
|AQS||346||Hatchery Management and Lab|
|AQS||352||Public Aquarium Management**|
|AQS||450||Aquaculture/Aquarium Science Research|
|BIO||302||Ichthyology and Lab|
|BIO||345||Aquaculture and Lab|
*A maximum of two (2) courses may be applied towards both the Aquaculture & Aquarium Science minor and to the major in Marine Biology.
** taught at the New England Aquarium in Boston