Aquaculture and Aquarium Science

Learn how to raise fish and shellfish through RWU’s unique and innovative program in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science, offered in partnership with the New England Aquarium in Boston. You’ll study and conduct research in our state-of-the-art Marine and Natural Sciences Building, which is home to nearly 200 aquaria, the state’s only shellfish hatchery and our renowned tropical marine ornamental program.

Degree Requirements

The Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Major

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The major in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science (AQS) is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. In order to guarantee a broad undergraduate experience, a second major of the students choosing is required. Students must complete the AQS course sequence and the course sequence for a second major of their choice. In addition, students must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement (COMM 210) and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Specific requirements of the program are outlined below.

Criteria for Admission

The requirements for declaring the Aquaculture and Aquarium Science major are:

  1. The successful completion of the following four courses with a combined G.P.A. of 2.50 or higher
  2. Submission to the Program Department of an application form for entry into the Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Program
  3. Receipt by the Registrar of a Curriculum Declaration Form approved and signed by the Program Department Chair.
SubjectNumberTitle
BIO103Biology I and Lab (4 credits)
BIO204Introduction to Marine Biology (3 credits)
MATH136Precalculus (4 credits) or higher level MATH course (excluding MATH 250)
CHEM191Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)

Requirements for the Major

Required Courses

SubjectNumberTitle
MATH124Basic Statistics (3 credits)
or
MATH250Biostatistics (3 credits)
AQS262Aquarium System Design & Life Support and Lab (4 credits)
AQS264Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Lab (4 credits)
or
BIO392Animal Nutrition (3 credits)
and
BIO393Animal Nutrition Laboratory (1 credit)
AQS318Aquatic Animal Health and Lab (4 credits)
Select a minimum of 3 courses from the following list:
AQS306Principles of Museum Exhibit Development (3 credits)
AQS314Field Collection Methods (3 credits)
AQS346Principles of Hatchery Management (4 credits)
AQS352Public Aquarium Management (3 credits)
BIO335Invertebrate Zoology and Lab (4 credits)
or
BIO302Ichthyology and Lab (4 credits)
PA352Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
Complete a minimum of 3 credits from among the following courses:
AQS420New England Aquarium Internship (8 credits)
AQS450Research in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science (1–3 credits)
AQS451Aquaculture/Aquarium Science Senior Thesis (3 credits)

Required level of academic achievement: a combined GPA of 2.50 or higher in courses selected for this major is required in order for this degree to be awarded. Progress toward this goal will be monitored during biannual academic advisement meetings using program evaluation data generated by the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of two (2) courses from AQS or specified electives may be simultaneously applied to the Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Major and the Marine Biology Major or Minor.

The Aquaculture and Aquarium Science Minor

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Required Courses

SubjectNumberTitle
AQS262Aquarium System Design & Life Support and Lab (4 credits)
AQS264Principles of Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Lab (4 credits)
or
BIO392Animal Nutrition (3 credits)
and
BIO393Animal Nutrition Laboratory (1 credit)
AQS318Aquatic Animal Health and Lab (4 credits)

Complete a minimum of six (6) additional credits chosen from among the following courses:

SubjectNumberTitle
AQS306Principles of Museum Exhibit Development (3 credits)
AQS314Field Collection Methods (3 credits)
AQS346Principles of Hatchery Management (4 credits)
AQS352Public Aquarium Management (3 credits)
AQS420New England Aquarium Internship (8 credits)
AQS450Research in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science (1-3 credits)
BIO302Ichthyology and Lab (4 credits)

A maximum of two (2) courses may be simultaneously applied to the Aquarium and Aquatic Science Minor and the Major or Minor in Marine Biology.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.