Aquaculture I (Fall)

Course Information

This course is an introductory course designed to provide an overview of the field of aquaculture and the common groups cultured in the United States. It is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who want a foundation in aquaculture principles to (1) apply towards more advanced coursework in aquaculture or other aquatic sciences or (2) to prepare for graduate research or a career in aquaculture.

This course is entirely web-based, with narrated PowerPoint lectures followed by readings  and other resources for each lecture topic. A computer with a high speed internet connection and sound speakers are required for the course. Overall students may move through the course at their own pace with some broad guidelines.

Course Syllabus 4932

Course Syllabus 5015


16 weeks: 21 Learning Modules accessed through E-Learning web site via Canvas; asynchronous access to material.


Course Objectives

  • Provide students with the basic principles of aquaculture including fish biology, culture system design, feeding, handling, water quality management, and common diseases.
  • Provide the foundation necessary to be successful in more advanced aspects of aquaculture such as commercial aquaculture, further aquaculture education, and aquaculture research.
  • Specific culture methods used for shrimp/prawn, catfish, hybrid striped bass, tilapia, salmonids, baitfish, crayfish, freshwater and marine ornamentals, clams and largemouth bass will be covered.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Fish Biology
  • Water Quality Management
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
  • Farm Ponds
  • Net Pens
  • Nutrition and Feed Manufacture
  • Handling and Hauling
  • Spawning
  • Disease
  • Prawns/Shrimp
  • Catfish
  • Hybrid Striped Bass
  • Tilapia
  • Salmonids
  • Freshwater Ornamentals I
  • Freshwater Ornamentals II
  • Marine Ornamentals
  • Marine Baitfish
  • Clams, Oysters, Scallops
  • Other Important Species

Registration Information

How to Register

UF Students: This course is departmentally controlled so you must contact the department coordinator and pay the current UF cost per credit hour. Students should be in good standing. For further information or questions, please contact the SFFGS academic support services at

  • Undergraduate Course Number: FAS 4932 (3 Credit)
  • Graduate/Professional Course Number: FAS 5015 (3 Credit)

Non-UF students: Non-UF students will need to register as a Non-degree student (and a UF transcript will be created with your grade upon completion of the course). Non-degree students can be currently enrolled at another educational institution or not (ex: post-baccalaureate). Please complete the Non-Degree Registration Request form and select “COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES” from the College drop-down menu. Questions regarding registration should be directed to

Registration Cost

Registration costs for UF students follow the standard tuition and fee rate of the University. Costs for non-UF students are detailed here. Registration includes access to the course materials (lectures, reading material, discussion sessions, etc), tuition, and fees. Students are responsible for any other costs (ex: microphone headsets are required for most courses).

Registration Deadline

Note: This class has limited enrollment and may fill up prior to the end of drop/add so we suggest registering early.

Registration information for dates for the University of Florida can be found here.

Please note start date on course registration website.

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