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School of Graduate Studies (2018/2019)
25.5 Aquaculture

The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Aquaculture is designed to instruct students in research using scientific principles derived from a wide range of disciplines including Behaviour, Biochemistry, Biology, Ecology, Food Science, Genomics, Nutrition, and Physiology. It is an interdisciplinary program and often involves several fields of study. Research problems may include field and/or laboratory studies of one or more species of marine or freshwater flora and/or fauna. The Aquaculture group consists of faculty members from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Ocean Sciences of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Research scientists at other institutions, e.g., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, complement the group in offering advice, facilities, and expertise to students in the program.

The Aquaculture Administrative Committee is responsible for the program. This Committee is composed of seven members appointed by the Dean of Science including two to three members from the Department of Ocean Sciences, two to three members from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and two members from appropriate academic units at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition, the Heads of the Departments of Biochemistry, Biology, and Ocean Sciences, and the Head of the School of Fisheries of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland are ex-officio members. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies concerning the academic requirements of the program: admission, course programs of individual students, financial support, composition of supervisory committees, and theses examiners. The Chair of the Committee will also ensure that a supervisory report form for each student in the program is submitted annually to the Dean.

25.5.1 Qualifications for Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Aquaculture, an applicant shall normally hold one of the following: at least a second class Honours degree, or an equivalent both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate, or successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture offered by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, with academic standing deemed appropriate by the Committee.

25.5.2 Program of Study
  1. The Master of Science Degree requires the successful completion of a program of courses and of a thesis embodying original research.

  2. All candidates will be required to take 6 credit hours in graduate courses which will normally include at least one of the following: AQUA 6000 - Shellfish Culture and Enhancement, AQUA 6100 - Finfish Aquaculture, or AQUA 6200 - Aquaculture and the Environment.

  3. Candidates who do not hold the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture may be required to successfully complete a selection of its component courses.

  4. Further courses may be required depending on the background of the individual student.

  5. Before the thesis is submitted, the student shall present an open seminar on the topic of investigation to the appropriate academic units, as recommended by the Administrative Committee. Any serious deficiencies in the thesis noticed at this stage should be carefully considered, in consultation with the Supervisor, for rectification.

  6. The student will be required to comply with all other regulations governing the graduate Degree of Master of Science.

25.5.3 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • Aquaculture
  • 6000 - Shellfish Culture and Enhancement
  • 6100 - Finfish Aquaculture
  • 6200 - Aquaculture and the Environment
  • 6201-6209 - Special Topics in Aquaculture (prerequisite: Permission of Chair of Program)
  • Biochemistry
  • BlOC 6670 - Biological Waste Treatment
  • Biology
  • 6000 - Research Topics in Microbiology
  • 6710 - Marine Benthic Biology
  • 7101 - Topics in Marine Biology
  • 7220 - Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • 7933 - Advanced Topics in Marine Invertebrates
  • 7938 - Genomics
  • 7531 - Biological Oceanography
  • 7535 - Research Methods in Marine Science
  • 7550 - Fishery Biology
  • 7551 - Fisheries Resource Management
  • 7560 - Physiology of Marine Invertebrates
  • 7561 - Physiology of Marine Vertebrates
  • 7570 - Marine Benthic Biology
  • 7910 - Community and Ecosystem Ecology
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology
  • 6351 - Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Engineering
  • 9603 - Environmental Sampling and Pollutant Analysis (cross-listed as Environmental Science 6005)
  • 9605 - Advanced Waste Water Treatment
  • 9622 - Environmental Statistics
  • Environmental Science
  • 6000 - Environmental Science and Technology
  • 6001 - Earth and Ocean Systems
  • 6002 - Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • 6003 - Applied Ecology
  • 6007 - Environmental Risk Assessment (same as Engineering 9609)
  • Geography
  • 6250 - Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 6410 - Climatology
  • Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) Program Courses
  • 6001 - Fisheries Ecology
  • 6005 - Overview of World Fisheries
  • 6009 - Current Issues for Sustainable Fisheries
  • Physics
  • 6316 - Ocean Data Analysis
  • 6320 - Ocean Turbulence and Mixing
  • Technology Management (Aquaculture Technology Option) Program Courses
  • 6056 - Management of International Development
  • 6071 - Management of Aquaculture Technology
  • 6072 - Animal Husbandry Management
  • 6073 - Aquaculture Environmental Management
  • 6074 - Aquaculture Site and Operational Assessment
  • 6075 - Aquaculture Engineering Technology Management


Consult the Program for a list of titles and information regarding availability.