Home page



Aquaculture programs teach people to raise fish, shellfish, and marine plants in controlled environments.

Aquaculture programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in aquaculture. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. An associate degree prepares students to work as aquaculture technicians.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in aquaculture. Some schools offer a major in agriculture with a concentration in aquaculture. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in aquaculture. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

Related Educational Programs

Related Careers

Careers Directly Related to this Program of Study

Other Careers Related to this Program of Study

Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in aquaculture typically includes:

Things to Know

Aquaculture habitats include oyster farms, fish farms, and fish hatcheries. For this reason, students also learn about wild fish, marine plants, and habitats.

Graduates in aquaculture may choose to work with public agencies in environmental programs, in private industry with large or small companies, or as self-employed aquatic farmers or consultants.


King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College