Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Shrimp

Aquaculture

What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is the theory and practice of culturing marine and freshwater plants and animals. "Fish farming" will generate an increasingly large proportion of the world's food supply. In addition to producing food, aquaculture is used for:

  • Research
  • Population restoration
  • Production of pharmaceutical compounds
  • Production of ornamental plants and animals

What Will I Study?

Florida Tech established the first undergraduate training program in the United States in 1977. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the biological sciences and learning culture methodology and technology for important organisms like:

  • Algae
  • Crustaceans
  • Molluscs
  • Fish

What Courses Will I Take?

Review the core courses online at the University Catalog. In addition to the required program core courses, elective courses can be selected in biology, chemistry, environmental science and oceanography.

What Research Opportunities are Available?

Many opportunities await the Florida Tech student in Aquaculture. See our research page for more details.

What Can I do with a Degree in Aquaculture?

Aquaculture graduates work for industry and government around the world, including:

  • United States federal (EPA, USDA), state and local agencies
  • Commercial food and ornamental aquaculture producers
  • Research laboratories, aquariums and zoos
  • Theme parks

You may also wish to continue onward and pursue graduate education right here at Florida Tech. Students graduating from our programs have also gone on to study at a number of universities around the country. A few of these include:

  • University of Florida
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Miami
  • University of Texas
  • University of South Florida