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Aquaculture / Fisheries - Undergraduate Program

Our B.S. degree program in Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences

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The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers the only Bachelor of Science degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences in Arkansas.  The major has four degree concentrations: General (AQFI), Aquaculture (AQUA), Fisheries Science (AQFS), and Aquaculture & Seafood Business (AQSB).  The curriculum of each concentration conforms to guidelines established by the American Fisheries Society for fisheries undergraduate programs, and will conform to those of the U.S. Aquaculture Society for aquaculture programs, when finalized and adopted.
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Depending on the concentration taken, the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences B.S. degree requires 31-35 hours of coursework in applied aquaculture and fisheries (see curriculum and course descriptions), with each course providing hands-on field and laboratory experiences.  Additionally, the degree requires 23-26 hours of supporting coursework in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics, and/or business.  Professors in the department recognize that students have differing learning styles and are committed to using a variety of teaching styles and techniques to ensure student learning.  Small class sizes (the  majority of AQFI classes have less than 10 students) coupled with a 3:1 student:faculty ratio creates an ideal learning environment in the department.  Laboratories are offered in the state-of-the-art Holiday Hall Applied Science Building, and a computerized teaching classroom in Woodard Hall.  The department also contains an Aquaculture and Fisheries Research and Extension Library (see AFREL link).  In addition, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science majors are able to secure student employment opportunities under UAPB faculty, research staff, and/or graduate students on various research projects.  The department also has available a variety of scholarships exclusively for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences majors at UAPB (see scholarships). 

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Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available throughout the U.S. for summers or sometimes longer terms.  These opportunities are available through various state and federal agencies as internships, and other government-sponsored programs.  Representatives of these programs regularly visit UAPB and the department to recruit interested students that meet eligibility requirements.  

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Below are just a few of the unique opportunities of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences program: 
  • Receive training in essential areas of fisheries biology that prepare students for careers in fisheries management, aquatic ecology, environmental science, and related fields with state and federal management agencies or the private sector.
  • Acquire critical skills to prepare students for careers in the aquaculture industry, which includes commercial fish farms, state and federal hatcheries, processing plants, feed mills, and other support industries. 
  • Acquire critical skills to prepare students for careers in the business side of the aquaculture and seafood industries.  These careers include positions in sales, marketing, public relations, economics, and related areas. 
  • Gain academic background and research experience to pursue graduate degrees in diverse fields that such as aquaculture, fisheries biology, ecology, environmental science, agriculture, and related sciences.
Individualized instruction, an emphasis on practical hands-on experiences, scholarship availability, and internship/cooperative education opportunities make UAPB an ideal choice for students interested in careers in aquaculture and fisheries, or pursuing graduate study.

Telephone and email contacts:

Delila Thurman, AQFI Program Coordinator: 870-575-8968, 
Denise Haynes, AQFI Undergraduate Recruiter: 870-575-8094, 
Dr. Michael Eggleton, Associate Professor/Undergraduate Coordinator: 870-575-8100,