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Aquaculture (online)

Aquaculture, also known as fish or shellfish farming, is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae, and other organisms in all aquatic environments. The fast-growing aquaculture industry will face many challenges over the next few years to be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. By taking online aquaculture courses from UMass Boston, you’ll be prepared to successfully address these key issues and meet further anticipated future growth.

Who Aquaculture Courses Are For

If you’re trying to break into the growing and rapidly expanding aquaculture industry, you’re already working in the field, or you are a student looking to add additional expertise to your résumé, register for Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture. Taking an aquaculture class could also help you secure an internship working outdoors and on the oceans.

What You Can Take

For the spring 2018 semester, UMass Boston will be offering one online aquaculture course, Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture. This course is open to anyone with a high school diploma interested in a career in the aquaculture industry. UMass Boston students can take this course for credit; for people outside UMass Boston there are for-credit and non-credit options.

UMass Boston will offer two other online aquaculture courses, Aquaculture Production and The Business of Marine Aquaculture, at a later date.

Additional courses that will make up an 18-credit undergraduate-level for-credit certificate program will be announced at a later date. These additional courses could include an internship.

What You Will Learn

After taking the online Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture course, you will have a basic foundation in the field of aquaculture. Aquaculture is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, with an average growth rate of more than eight percent per year for the past ten years. 

Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture will address the essential aspects of aquaculture fish and invertebrate biology including anatomy, physiology, and environmental requirements. Subjects studied will include anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive sensory endocrine reproductive systems, and life cycle of invertebrate and vertebrate aquaculture species.

Register for Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture

Current UMass Boston Students

UMass Boston students: Register for the online course ENVISCI 114 – Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture in WISER. It’s number 16722. This is a 3-credit course.


Non-UMass Boston Students

Non-UMass Boston students can take the online course ENVSCI114-01C – Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture for credit, or they can choose to take it the non-credit version, USEA-NC114-001S Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture. Both classes are only available online.


Students interested in a non-credit-bearing certificate only need 3 courses to complete the certificate.

An eventual for-credit certificate will be made up of 6 courses.

Aquaculture Faculty

Aquaculture Contact

For questions about this course contact:
Jennifer Bender

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