Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture


Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Marine and Environmental Programs


Dr. Charles Tilburg, Academic Director


The mission of the School of Marine and Environmental Programs at the University of New England is to help our students gain an understanding of the natural world, develop critical thinking skills, and become scientifically literate. Together, we lay a foundation for lifelong learning and meaningful contributions to society and offer a baccalaureate education to students interested in all facets of the marine environment.   

Our programs encompass a wide variety of disciplines that seek to understand the way the ocean functions, how it is related to earth systems science, and how humans interact with the environment. Students will learn theoretical underpinnings and applications of disciplines from biology to chemistry, geology, and physics. These disciplines are critical to life as we know it on the planet. Students will be able to apply these disciplines to solving real problems encountered in coastal and marine ecosystems and by the human communities that depend on them.

Major Description

The Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Program is designed to give students the knowledge and unique skills needed to culture organisms in the nearshore coastal environment for food or restoration with special emphasis on sustainability and with the understanding of societal values, needs, and policies.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42-46
Required Courses Credits
BIO 221 – Principles of Aquaculture 3
BIO 222/222L – Finfish/Shellfish Culture Tech 4
BIO 223/223L – Hlth, Nurt, Feed Cultured Org 4
BUMG 313 – Social Innov & Entre or BUMK 312 – Entrepreneurship/Sml Business 3
CHE 110/110L – General Chemistry I or CHE 111/111L – General Chemistry II or CHE 130/130L – Principles of Chemistry or CHE 150/150L – University General Chem I or CHE 151/151L – University General Chem II 4
GIS 161 – GIS I: Func/Geospatial Sci/Tech 3
MAF 315 – US Aquaculture Management & Policy 3
MAR 105/105L – Eco/Evo of Marine Organisms 4
MAR 106/106L – Cell/Molec Bio/Marine Orgs 4
MAR 150/150L – Discovering the Ocean Environ or MAR 270/270L – Oceanography 4
MAR 250/250L – Marine Biology 4
MAR 235 – Sustainable Harvest of Marine/Freshwater Resources 3
MAR 315 – Systems Thinking (World Problems) 3
MAR 445 – Social Ecological Aquaculture 3
MAR 495 – Adv Marine Science Internship or MAR 410 – Marine Science Research 4
MAT 150 – Statistics for Life Sciences or MAT 151 – Statistics for Environmental Sciences 3
Six (6) credits of Marine/Environmental Elective courses 6
Total 53+?
Open elective courses (needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120


Marine/Environmental Elective Course Options Credits
ENV 220 – Conservation and Preservation 3
ENV 220L – Conservation and Preservation Lab 2
ENV 240 – Env Sustainability Lab 2
ENV 250 – Envir Policy Compar Perspect 3
ENV 261 – Gulf of Maine Field Studies I 1.5
ENV 262 – Gulf of Maine Field Studies II 1.5
ENV 309 – Sustainability & Eco Restor 3
ENV 311/311L – Ecological Monitoring 4
ENV 328 – Env Pollution:Wldlife/Hum Hlth 3
ENV 365 – Climate Change Adaptation 3
MAR 350/350L – Marine Ecology 4

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a strong content-knowledge foundation in their specific field of study (Marine Biology, Oceanography, Marine Entrepreneurship, Marine Affairs, Aquaculture/Aquarium Science/Aquaponics, or Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture).
  • Students will communicate effectively in both oral and written format to convey their scientific knowledge, interdisciplinary training, and findings to peers, professional audiences, decision-makers, and/or the public.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their specific field of study by designing, carrying out, and interpreting the results of their experiments, by evaluating the literature published by professionals, by making recommendations to policy makers and/or by creating and innovating in their field.


We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their major advisor. 

Transfer Credit

Courses previously completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they will transfer as general electives. All Science/Math courses previously completed must be no older than five years. Other options and restrictions apply.

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Financial Information

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.