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Aquaculture / Fisheries - "Center of Excellence"

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Aquaculture / Fisheries - Graduate Program

M.S. & Ph.D. Degrees in Aquaculture/Fisheries 

The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at UAPB offers the only M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aquaculture and fisheries in Arkansas. These research-based programs prepare graduates for careers in aquaculture resource management, natural fisheries, and allied industries. The comprehensive program provides students with a broad base of skills, expertise, and practical experience to be competitive for a wide range of opportunities.

Areas of Study

Graduate students are required to prepare a thesis or dissertation concerning original research during their tenure in the degree program. Areas of study are available in the following areas:


  • Pond and hatchery production technologies
  •  Aquatic animal nutrition
  •  Water quality
  •  Fish health/pathology
  •  Economics and marketing of aquaculture products
  •  Aquaculture engineering
  •  Aquaculture production systems


  • Fisheries management & ecology
  • Small impoundment management & ecology
  • Fish bioenergetics
  • Larval fish ecology
  • Fisheries & ecological modeling
  • Invasive species

Telephone and email contact:

Dr. Lin Xie, Professor/Graduate Coordinator: 870-575-8157,