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Aquaculture (BSc)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

Course Accredited By


  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

The Bachelor of Science, 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 Science, Minor in Aquaculture will have the ability to combine with several other major or minor programs (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Math) so that students will be able to develop a multi-disciplinary program. 

The Bachelor of Science, 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 Science, 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. 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 Science, Minor in Aquaculture will be able to: directly enter the workforce in the discipline of their Major and/or subdiscipline of their Bachelor of Science, 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 Science, 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

  • September 2023

General admission requirements apply.

  • A minimum "B" grade in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12.

Core Courses

Years 1 and 2

  • Introductory Zoology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Select one of the following pairs CHEM 142 is recommended:

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

Select one of MATH 203 is recommended:

  • Biometrics
  • Fundamentals of Statistics I
  • 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

(Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.) 1,500.00

  • Total 7,042.26

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