Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Science program at the University of Rhode Island, established in 1969 and administered by the Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences (FAVS), is one of the oldest aquaculture programs in the northeastern United States. The programs designed to prepare students for academic, professional, or technical careers focused on the use and conservation of aquatic animals by humans. 

The Major

Breadth and depth of knowledge in the fields of Aquaculture and Fisheries are provided by: 1) a common set of required courses providing the broad skills in natural and social sciences needed for careers in the fields of Aquaculture and Fisheries, 2) a series of required concentration courses emphasizing the connections between these two fields, followed by 3) a diverse but relevant list of supporting electives providing specialized knowledge in either aquaculture or fisheries.

The program not only allows students to graduate with a stronger focus on aquaculture or fisheries depending on their career interests, but also to complement this solid foundation with a variety of complementary skills that are directly applicable to the job market (e.g.  scientific diving, handling of small boats, business management, entrepreneurship, economics, policy, oceanography, environmental sciences, etc.) through targeted offerings from our program and many other programs at URI. Completion of 12 credits in these skill-based courses will earn students a Marine Technical Certificate.

Official URI course information may be found in the printed Bulletin of the University of Rhode Island. An on-line version of the Bulletin and an HTML list of courses taught by the Department of Biological Sciences is available. Undergraduate programs typically incorporate courses at the 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-levels. The courses for Biology students are listed below. You can access the URI catalogue at