Vancouver Island University

Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology

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Program Information

School:Vancouver Island University
Faculty:Science
Degree:Diploma; Co-op
Field of Study:Aquaculture
Description:The program is designed to develop well-rounded technologists with a broad background in the practical and academic skills of fish and invertebrate culture, fisheries habitat and fish stock assessment, wild stock management, business management, and environmental control and planning. Both the “why” and “how” are presented through formal lectures and practical experience. The selection of program material is designed to give a broad theoretical background to provide flexibility, as well as foster a professional attitude toward a future career. Students will spend approximately 25 per cent of their time on “hands-on” fisheries and aquaculture projects on- and-off campus.

The first year provides a foundation in such basic conceptual areas as statistics, biology, English, habitats of fish and fish rearing methods. There is a weekly practicum, in which students are sent into the field for a day to work in various aquacultural or fisheries facilities (salmonid hatcheries, spawning channels, wild fish projects, oyster farms, invertebrate hatcheries and others), and students also work one half day each week on aquaculture or fisheries field projects on campus (trout farm), or in nearby satellite University facilities (wild salmon hatchery, sturgeon and algae labs). Many courses also involve significant field experience. Over the two years this practical work experience exposes students to a wide variety of activities, and introduces them to the facilities, organizations and personnel important in their future careers.
URL:Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology at Vancouver Island University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $9,517
Scholarships:23

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Principles of Mathematics  or  Grade11 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade11 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) 

- graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples; - previous degree from a recognized university; - visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required); - transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed); - mature student—at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21 in the first semester of admission) and has a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    An interview may be required. Physics 12 and other science courses are highly recommended.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 04, 2018

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