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Aquaculture (BA)

VIU International, Canada

aquaculture-ba

Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

Course Accredited By

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture is designed for students who have an interest in aquaculture but have additional academic and career aspirations. As a ‘Science Minor’ the Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture will have the ability to combine with several other major or minor programs (i.e. Economics, Digital Media, Geography, Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies) so that students will be able to develop a multi-disciplinary program. 

The Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture will provide students a broad background knowledge in biological, aquatic, and related sciences plus general knowledge, skills and abilities required in the field. In addition, graduates will possess specific knowledge, skills and abilities required for the sustainable production of aquatic animals. Topics include the culture methods of finfish, shellfish and crustaceans and important methods to maintain animal health and nutrition.

The Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture curriculum will be taught using lectures, laboratories, seminars, and experiential learning opportunities at VIU aquatic animal culture and research facilities which include: 1) the Centre for Shellfish Research (CSR); 2) the International Centre for Sturgeon Studies (ICSS); 3) the Deep Bay Marine Field Station (DBMFS) and; 4) the Centre for Innovation in Fish Health (CIFH). Utilizing these state-of-the-art facilities offers students an experience to gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience to prepare them for the workforce. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture will be able to: directly enter the workforce in the discipline of their Major and/or sub-discipline of their Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture with relevant and demonstrable research and practical experience; and directly enter positions engaged in a broad array of scientific enquiry, including graduate and professional schools, with relevant knowledge, practical skills and direct research experience.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture programs, including the Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Aquaculture are well supported by the aquaculture industry in British Columbia which employ many of our graduates. The industry supports optional paid Co-op opportunities which offers students direct experience in aquatic culture operations.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • September 2023

Courses in first year have different prerequisites. To satisfy all first year course prerequisites, students must complete all of the following B.C. Secondary School course requirements Courses in first year have different prerequisites. To satisfy all first year course prerequisites, students must complete all of the following B.C. Secondary School course requirements:

  • A minimum grade of "C" in English 12;
  • A minimum grade of "C " in each of Biology 11 or 12, Chemistry 11 and 12; and
  • A minimum grade of "B" in Mathematics 12 (Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12).
  • Students who do not satisfy all of the first-year course prerequisites will not likely be able to complete the full degree program in four years. Students who are lacking any or all of the first-year course prerequisites should speak with a VIU Advisor about upgrading courses..

Core Courses

Years 1 and 2

  • Introductory Zoology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Select one of the following pairs 

  • Chemistry Fundamentals I
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II

Select one of 

  • Biometrics
  • Fundamentals of Statistics I
  • Business Statistics I
  • Statistical Methods in Geography
  • Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Environmental Chemical Analysis

Years 3 and 4

  • Invertebrate Aquaculture
  • Methods and Techniques of Finfish Culture
  • Finfish, Shellfish and Crustacean Nutrition
  • Finfish, Shellfish and Crustacean Health
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS
  • Policy, Resources and Sustainability
  • Entre/Intrapreneurship
     
  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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