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Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Fisheries and Aquaculture has long been an area of specialization at Vancouver Island University. VIU has an international reputation in fisheries and aquaculture applied research, technology transfer, training, and education.

VIU boasts an extensive array of facilities and equipment: three cool-water hatchery complexes; a warm-water hatchery; salt-water system; fish disease laboratory; lake study field station; oyster farm; sturgeon, trout, and wild and cultured salmon research programs. The proximity of VIU to fresh-water lakes and streams, as well as to the ocean and estuaries, allows fieldwork in these habitats to be a central part of students’ education.

The new Centre for Shellfish Research (CSR), located beside the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, was created to facilitate the emergence of the B.C. shellfish aquaculture industry as a sustainable economic engine for healthy, vibrant coastal communities. CSR faculty teach upper-level courses in fisheries and aquaculture, and there are many opportunities for students to participate in CSR research projects.

The new Centre for Shellfish Research (CSR), located beside the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, was created to facilitate the emergence of the B.C. shellfish aquaculture industry as a sustainable economic engine for healthy, vibrant coastal communities. CSR faculty teach upper-level courses in fisheries and aquaculture, and there are many opportunities for students to participate in CSR research projects.

Furthermore, the federal government’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo provides access to numerous acclaimed fisheries scientists and one of Canada’s best libraries in this field. Fisheries (sports and commercial), and aquaculture are immensely important throughout the world and are key to the economy (and employment) in British Columbia.

The B.Sc. in Fisheries & Aquaculture has been designed to offer students a great deal of flexibility, and there are several routes through this program. Students may begin in year one and complete the program at the end of year four, or they may enter at year two or three from Vancouver Island University or from other institutions. They may also complete the two-year Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology diploma program and then proceed to the B.Sc. with up to two years (60 credits) of advance credit. Some students elect this pathway after completing the Technology program and then working in industry for a few years.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023
  • Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture takes place at the first, second or third-year level.
  • Admission to third year requires completion of a minimum of 54 credits of university study, see Program Outline. In addition, admission to the B.Sc. program (including the practicum courses, FISH 371/372) will require an interview with the faculty that can be arranged during the second year. The interview will determine the student’s understanding of the current fisheries and aquaculture industry. This interview is necessary, as these two courses involve considerable work with institutions or companies outside VIU.
  • Advanced standing may be granted for previous course work.
  • Courses in first year have prerequisites. To satisfy all first-year course prerequisites, students must complete the following B.C. Secondary School courses, or equivalent:
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Biology 11, Chemistry 12, and Principles of Physics 11, all with a minimum grade of “C ”.
  • One of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of “B”.
  • Biology 12 and Physics 12 are recommended but not required.
  • Some seats are available for students who have completed Chemistry 11 with a “C ” but have not completed Chemistry 12.

Year 1

  • Concepts in Biology
  • Introductory Zoology

Select one of the following pairs: 

  • Chemistry Fundamentals I
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Aquatic Plant Ecology and Culture
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • Physics for the Life Sciences II

Year 2

  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Life History and Management of Salmonids
  • Larval Rearing and Invertebrate Culture
  • Fish Husbandry I
  • Fisheries Engineering I—Hydrology
  • Fisheries Engineering II—Hydraulics
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Statistics I

Years 3 and 4

  • Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • Lake and Stream Ecosystems
  • Coastal and Estuarine Ecosystems
  • Ichthyology
  • Salmonid Husbandry
  • Advanced Fish Culture
  • Diseases of Fish and Shellfish
  • Aquaculture Practices I
  • Aquaculture Practices II
  • Project in Husbandry IV
  • Fish Habitat Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • Summer Field Practicum
  • Directed Studies and 1 upper-level science elective
  • Undergraduate Research Project

Two upper-level science electives

  • Biometrics
     
  • 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 (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.) 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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