Minor in Aquaculture
Aquaculture is the rearing of aquatic organisms under controlled or semi-controlled conditions. Interest in aquaculture has increased world-wide as fish consumption has increased concurrently with decreasing catches of wild fish. In Kentucky and the southern United States, aquaculture production focuses on raising freshwater species commercially. Aquaculture instruction at Kentucky State University will provide students with basic knowledge in fish nutrition, diseases, and physiology, as well as practical experience in aquaculture production of freshwater aquatic organisms such as catfish, paddlefish, freshwater shrimp, and others being studied at the University’s aquaculture research facility. Courses in the minor are taught by faculty who are active researchers in the University’s aquaculture program. The minor provides training sufficient to support further study at the graduate level and enough practical aspects for the student who plans to enter the work force immediately upon graduation.
A minor in Aquaculture requires the completion of 19 semester credit hours. Specific course requirements include AQU 411, 421, 422, 460 and at least 1 semester credit hour of AQU 491. The remaining 1–4 semester credit hours required for a minor in Aquaculture must be satisfied by completing 1 or more additional Aquaculture courses.