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Studying Aquaculture at UMaine - Minor in Aquaculture

Aquaculture is a growing industry, success in aquaculture demands scientific knowledge of a wide range of economic, biological and environmental factors.  Aquaculture courses at the University of Maine offer a thorough training opportunity in key aspects of the industry, and focused training is provided in senior capstone and graduate training opportunities.  A aquaculture minor can be paired with any other major studied at the University of Maine.  In this program you will have the opportunity to interact closely with faculty and other graduate students, take challenging courses involving lectures, student led seminars, dry and wet labs, tutorials, and have the opportunity for real commercial aquaria experience in our student-led tropical marine fish hatchery.   A minor in Aquaculture from the University of Maine draws on 18 credits from the couses listed below.

  • SMS 211- Introduction to Aquaculture (3 credits)
  • SMS 309 Techniques in Shellfish Aquaculture (2 credits)
  • SMS 401 Critical issues in Aquaculture (1 credit per semester)
  • SMS 409 Shellfish Aquaculture (3 credits)
  • SMS 420 Aquaculture 1 (3 credits)
  • SMS 421 Aquaculture 2 (3 credits)
  • SMS 422 Biology of Fishes (3 credits)
  • SMS 425 Applied Population genetics (3 credits)
  • SMS 449 Aquaculture Systems (3 credits)
  • SMS 467 Fish Nutrition and Feeding (3 credits)
Success in aquaculture demands scientific knowledge of a wide range of economic, biological and environmental factors.  Aquaculture courses at the University of Maine offer a thorough training opportunity in key aspects of the industry.

Outstanding faculty

  • Internationally recognized as experts in their fields.
  • Research opportunities in anything from urchins, abalone, octopus, oyster and lobsters, through to seaweed, salmon, charr and halibut.

Real life, hands-on aquaculture experience

  • Work within our research facilities Aquaculture Research Center (ARC), Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR), and the research shellfish hatchery at Darling Marine Center.
  • External internships: our close relationships with the Maine aquaculture industry put us in a  perfect position to facilitate finding the perfect internship for each student.   
To study Aquaculture as a minor contact.

Dr. William Ellis

School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine
360 Aubert Hall
Orono ME, 04469-5706
abundantia ex aqua per scientiam


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