Aquaculture I (Fall)


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 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 Information

Course Syllabus

Graduate/Professional Level

Course Number: FAS 5015 (3 credits)


16 weeks: 16 Learning Modules, 20 Lecture Topics presented via MediaSite, access through E-Learning web site via Sakai, asynchronous access to material.



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
  • Clams
  • 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. Graduate students should be in good standing. The SFRC Distance Education Coordinator to contact is Mrs. Rhiannon Pollard:

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 (click the link) and select “COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES – SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences” from the College drop-down menu in the Program Information section. Questions regarding registration should be directed to Mrs. Rhiannon Pollard at

Registration Cost (2013)

Registration costs for UF students follow the standard tuition and fee rate of the University. Costs for non-UF students are detailed below. 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).

Non-UF: Graduate/Post-Graduate/Veterinary students (3 credits)
Course Number: FAS6932
 $527.12* per Credit

*Cost for Spring tuition is subject to change by no more than 10% prior to beginning January that year. State employee waivers are accepted for this course.

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 for the Spring semester opens in the end of October. Registration Ends on January 7th (Late registration open until January 11th, the last day of drop/add).

Please note start date on course registration website.




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