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Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences

Bachelor of Science with a major in Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Dr. Jeri Fox
Dr. Stine Brown


Biology is an exploration of the living world that underscores and explains the unity and diversity of life. But it is also a truly human endeavor in that it affects us all. Because we live at this time in human history – at the beginning of what many believe to be a biological age – students must be able to apply biological concepts to the wide array of problems and choices they inevitably face.

Students who major in biology programs become familiar with all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and gain practical experience in both laboratory and field studies.  Small classes enable the faculty to adopt an approach to learning that stresses how different subjects are related to each other, facilitates critical thinking, and encourages a collaborative approach to learning between students and faculty.  Professors want students to experience the excitement and to see the applications of biology as well as appreciate science as a way of knowing about the world around them.  In addition, the biology program stresses the importance of field opportunities, research experience and experiential learning.  The department also offers a graduate degree in Biological Sciences (master level) which is detailed in the graduate portion of this catalog. 

Major Description

The Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences major provides students the opportunity to develop analytical skills in biology and business, and technical skills in the culture and maintenance of marine and freshwater organisms. Students who successfully complete the program should satisfy employment needs in the fields of marine and freshwater aquaculture and in the educational, maintenance and design needs of local, regional and national aquarium museums and businesses. Students who choose to go into graduate programs in these fields should be prepared to do so after maintaining an appropriate GPA in this program.

Transfer Credit

Courses previously completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred biology courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the biology 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 also.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements




Program Required Courses


BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution (included in core requirements)


BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular


BIO 200 - Genetics or BIO 207 Organismal Genetics


BIO 204 - Parasitology


BIO 221 - Principles of Aquaculture


BIO 222 - Techniques in Finfish and Shellfish Culture


BIO 223 - Health, Nutrition and Feeding of Cultured Organisms


BIO 232 - Microbiology or BIO 234 Environmental Microbiology


MAR 250 - Marine Biology


BIO 323 - Principles of Aquarium Operations and Science


MAR 325 - Marine Science Speaker Series


Program Required Credits Sub-Total




Topic Area Program Required Courses (to be selected in consultation with advisor)


Physiological Topic Area


Ecological Topic Area


BIO 495 - Internship


Program Minimum Required Total Credits

50 - 51



Science and Mathematics Required Courses


CHE 110 - Chemistry I


CHE 111 - Chemistry II


MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences




Business Administration Required Courses


BUMG 200 - Management


BUFI 302 - Personal Finance




Highly Recommended Elective Credits


CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis


CITM 100 - Introduction to Microcomputer Software


EDU 202 - Curriculum Theory and Design


SPC 100 - Effective Public Speaking


Open elective courses (as needed to reach 120 credits)


Minimum Required Total Credits


Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) consists of staff and faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences.  The major function of this committee is to draft letters of evaluation for students applying to health professions programs such as Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools.  Interested students should view our web page for information regarding the protocol for obtaining a PHPAC letter of evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

The expected learning outcomes for students graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the Department of Biology include:

A.  Knowledge of fundamental principles in biology, relevant concepts in mathematics and the physical sciences, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the critical analysis of new biological information, in the following areas.

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life - including cell structure, metabolism, heredity, reproduction.

  • Organismal Diversity - including organismal structure and function, hierarchy of organization, and the evolution of life.
  • Interrelations of Organisms and their environment - including abiotic and biotic interactions, biogeochemical cycles; ecosystems and their dynamics, and human actions and interventions.

B.  Understanding of the process of science, as well as demonstrated competency in biological research, with a particular emphasis on:

  • The scientific method, including observational, comparative and experimental approaches and the tools utilized.
  • A critical reading of the primary scientific literature.
  • Data analysis, interpretation and the communication of scientific results (including oral presentations and scientific report writing).

C. Appreciation for the relevance of the biological sciences to real-world issues, including:

  • Familiarity with avenues and applications of current and future research as well as the careers that use them.
  • Bioethical issues and their biological and social basis.
  • Recognition of the civic responsibility to share knowledge and to apply expertise to the improvement of human and environmental health.

The Department of Biology offers qualified students the option of graduating with Honors in the Research Track. The department does not offer the Scholastic option. See details on the Honors homepage.

Biological Sciences Honors Research Requirements 
Complete requirements for major
Maintain GPA of 3.50 or higher
HONR 180 - Introduction to Research Across the Disciplines
HONR 480 - Senior Honors Research Seminar
Honors elective (2) offered by any department
Honors Thesis Proposal
Honors Thesis and public defense
Presentation at CAS Research Symposium

Dr. Lei Lei


A biology minor requires 6 biology courses, including the introductory biology series. In particular, department of biological sciences majors who wish to take a biology minor must select 4 additional courses beyond those required for their major. No biology courses can satisfy both the major and minor requirements except for the introductory 100-level courses.

Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences Minor Required Courses
BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution and
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular
BIO 104 - General Biology and one of:
(BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution ,
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular
or MAR 150 - Introduction to Oceanography)
BIO 221 - Principles of Aquaculture
BIO 222 - Finfish/Shellfish Culture Techniques
BIO 223 - Health/Nutrition/Feeding Cultured Organisms
BIO 323 - Principles of Aquarium Operations Science
Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

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.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all science and mathematics courses used toward graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biological Sciences. A 2.00 cumulative average in sciences is a requirement for graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2013-2014 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication August 12, 2013.

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.