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KSU Aquaculture Minor
Kentucky's Only Aquaculture Curriculum

Kentucky State University began offering an undergraduate Minor in Aquaculture in 1992 within the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

No other university in the Commonwealth offers an aquaculture curriculum.

In 1998, the Council on Post Secondary Education approved KSU's offering of a Master of Science in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences beginning the fall semester of 1999. KSU's Aquaculture Program has been selected as Kentucky State University's Program of Distinction.

Several KSU graduate and undergraduate students have won awards at national meetings and symposia.

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KSU Aquaculture Courses for Minor


AQU 407: Fish Genetics (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  An overview of fishgenetics including basic principles and methods of selective breeding in aquaculture.                             


AQU 409: Biostatistics (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Basic principles of experimental design and data analysis with emphasis on their applications in aquaculture research.


AQU 411: Fish Diseases (4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Clinical diagnosis of fish diseases; necropsy of diseased fish; and formulation of corrective measures for disease control.  (Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.


AQU 412: Fish Morphology & Physiology (4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  An overview of fish morphology and physiology with emphasis on comparative and adaptive aspects among Osteichthyes (true bony fish).  (Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.


AQU 413/BIO413: Aquatic Ecology (4)

This course investigates the interacation of aquatic organisms with their biotic and abiotic environment. Sampling and laboratory methods of limnological; analysis will be covered.
(Three hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week.)


AQU 421: Fish Nutrition (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Fundamental and applied aspects of fish nutrition including nutrient requirements, nutrient chemistry, ration formulation, and practical feeding will be taught.  (Three hours of lecture per week)


AQU 422: Principles of Aquaculture (3)

Introduction to principles underlying aquatic productivity and management with a survey of domestic and foreign cultures of fish and aquatic vertebrates.


AQU 425: Aquaculture Economics and Marketing (3)

Prerequisites: MAT 120 or MAT 125 or consent of instructor.  Aquaculture economics, marketing channels and consumer preferences for fish products will be presented.


AQU 427: Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques (4)

An overview of basic biology of fish reproduction and techniques of artificial spawning for common aquaculture species.  (Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week).


AQU 451: Survey of Production Methods (3)

Prerequisite: AQU 422 or consent of instructor.  An overview of alternative production methods including ponds, cages, net‑pens, raceways, and recirculating systems with application to suitable species.  (Three hours of lecture per week).


AQU 460: Water Quality Management (4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  A survey of theory and practice into the understanding and manipulation of the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of water quality in aquaculture production.  (Three hours of lecture per week).


AQU 480: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course provides basic instruction in mapping technologies to enable natural resource staff, students, local and state government personnel to enhance their planning and resource management skills.


AQU 491: Internship: Aquaculture (1‑4)

Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.  Intensive experience involving practical on‑site participation working at an aquaculture facility (University, state, or private).