Aquaculture Technology

 

Associates Degree – 63 Credits

Certificate – 31 Credits

Program Information & Course List         

Purpose: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Aquaculture Technology is designed to develop a world class, industry-relevant and advised, training program that utilizes cutting-edge technology to prepare the next generation of aquaculture workforce.  The AAS degree will:

  • Prepare graduates for entry- and intermediate-level positions relevant to the Maine’s growing Aquaculture Industry.
  • Prepare graduates with relevant experiential learning opportunities through highly developed and strategic industry partnerships, whereby lecture and in-person lab-based experiential learning occurs at partner locations across Maine’s coastal communities.
  • Provide individuals already working in aquaculture the opportunity to upgrade their skills and knowledge base for career advancement with a college degree and an avenue to work toward more advanced degrees.
  • Identify, and integrate opportunities for students to utilize appropriate cutting-edge technology and advanced data skills in their aquaculture learning experience.
  • Provide the required classroom learning component for industry-led apprenticeship programs, sponsored by WCCC through both the Certificate and AAS programming.
  • Be well-informed by partnership with industry experts to ensure responsive alignment with Maine’s Aquaculture Occupational Standards, other training programs and initiatives, and current and future workforce needs.

Career Opportunities: Graduates of the program will be qualified for positions such as Aquaculture Technician, Farm Technician, Hatchery Technician and Recirculating Aquaculture Technician.

Program Educational Outcomes: Upon completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Aquaculture Technology, the graduate is prepared to:

  1. Identify and apply the basic theories, principles, and practices of the aquaculture industry: including language, regulations, and management practices for coastal and land-based operations.
  2. Review and practice the fundamental skills and techniques of aquafarming, including monitoring animal heath, growth rates, and accounting for environmental factors that affect productivity.
  3. Identify and analyze marine organisms, their evolutionary history, biogeography, anatomy, interactions with other organisms, adaptation to their environment and their impact on aquaculture.
  4. Identify and adhere to regulatory and safety protocols and standards in aquaculture operations.
  5. Evaluate career pathways in aquaculture, weighting the pros and cons, rewards, and demands to think critically and make informed decisions.
  6. Interpret water quality and chemistry’s role in animal and plant welfare and its influence on Maine’s key species production.
  7. Plan, develop and present a comprehensive biosecurity plan.

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