Aquaculture (AQU)

The MPS in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery and grow-out technology, and commercialization. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MES 612 Aquaculture I 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory ( (or ELECTIVE))
MES 602 or 625 Economics of Natural Resources
or Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
MES 617 Legal Environment and Business Planning in Aquaculture NEW TITLE: Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, & Environmental Considerations 3
 Credit Hours12
MES 613 Aquaculture II Lab NEW TITLE Aquaculture II: Advanced Techniques in Sustainable Aquaculture (Lab Course) 3
MES 628 Seafood Market and Marketing 3
MBE 686 or MES 629 Fish Physiology ( (or ELECTIVE))
or Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
MES 619 Aquaculture III (Field Course) 3
 Credit Hours12
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Business School electives are applicable, with approval from Academic Advisor
BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MBE 676Diseases of Marine Organisms3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
MES 671Marine Conservation Biology3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 614Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course3