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An Aquaculture Degree Provides Diverse Career Options
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, aquaculture continues to be one of the fastest growing industries around the globe as demand for aquatic food products increases. As a result, the need for aquaculture experts also continues to increase.
Aquaculture is most commonly thought of as "fish farming" – the theory and practice of cultivating marine and freshwater algae and animals for food. The industry also provides opportunity in the development of chemical and pharmaceutical products, scientific research, species population restoration, food safety and sustainability, and production of ornamental plants and animals.
With an aquaculture degree, you might monitor the health and well-being of farm-raised fish, manage the technical operations of a hatchery, work for a government agency (such as the EPA or USDA) or be an integral part of the team at an aquarium or zoo. No matter what direction you choose, an aquaculture degree from Florida Tech helps you develop a strong background in biology and get hands-on experience in chemistry and zoology.
Choose an Aquaculture Specialty as Early as Your Sophomore Year
Florida Tech's aquaculture degree program is dynamic and focused. In fact, Florida Tech established the very first undergraduate aquaculture program in the United States in 1977 at our Vero Beach Marine Laboratory, nestled on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. You'll experience a diverse range of study and complete core courses like Biological Discovery and Introduction to Aquaculture, before moving on to specialized courses in culture techniques of salt and freshwater algae, crustaceans, finfish and mollusks. Guided by highly qualified faculty such as Dr. Junda Lin, program chair, who has 20 years of aquaculture research and education experience, you'll work in teaching laboratories and high-tech research labs, choosing a specialty as early as your sophomore year.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, aquaculture majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and opportunity for participation in academic organizations like Tri Beta (biological sciences honor society), the Aquaculture Society, student government and over 100 other student organizations. Each of these experiences gives students a way to interact with other aquaculture students, professors and industry professionals.
Gain Practical Experience
This course of study is very hands-on, with small classes and intensive faculty-student interaction. Hit the beach at the university's ocean side marine laboratory and work on large-scale saltwater culture. Refine your practical skills in technical electives and specialized labs with the opportunity to undertake exciting independent or collaborative (with a peer or professor) research in a topic of your choosing.
Florida Tech's professional grade aquaculture center provides high-tech instrumentation facilities and equipment for the production and study of aquatic wildlife, and Florida Tech's Sportfish Research Institute involves students in the study of vital sport fish species through hands-on fieldwork. All of this practical experience, as well as the availability of internships, showcases an active and robust learning environment that enhances your job search portfolio and prepares you for employment or graduate study.
Florida Tech Graduates Are in Demand
Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students with an aquaculture degree for internships and careers include the American Museum of Natural Science, Baltimore Aquarium, Epcot, the Perry Institute for Marine Science, and Sea World.
Earn an Advanced Aquaculture Degree
After receiving an aquaculture degree, many graduates go on to master's and doctoral programs at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities, including Harvard, Columbia, U.C. Berkeley and Duke.
Envision yourself at Florida Tech—a university already operating in the future—and imagine the opportunities that are available with a sought-after aquaculture degree.