AAS Degree Requirements in Aquarium Science

Aquarium Science

 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Requirements

Role Descriptions:  The Oregon Transfer Program is designed to prepare students for a career in aquatic animal husbandry.  Students who successfully earn a degree or certificate will be qualified to work in the aquatic animal husbandry profession. They may be eligible for positions as aquarists, aquatic biologists, and keepers. Potential employment opportunities include public zoos and aquariums, ornamental fish retailers and wholesalers, aquaculture businesses, fish hatcheries, research programs, marine educational centers, state and federal natural resource agencies, as well as self-employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes:  Learning experiences in this program are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

1. Accurately communicate, verbally and in writing, scientific concepts, research findings and ideas to professionals and the general public.

2. Maintain, analyze, diagnose and repair aquatic life support systems and their components.

3. Perform basic water quality analysis using standard testing equipment.

4. Maintain healthy animal populations by applying industry standards and practices to aquarium set-up, monitoring, and animal care.

5. Identify healthy, physically compromised animals, and abnormal animal behaviors.

6. Work as a member of a team to conceptualize, plan, construct, and manage environments that promote healthy fishes and invertebrates.

Curriculum Map

Term 1                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS100 Introduction to Aquarium Science............................................................. 3

BI101 General Biology (or higher)........................................................................... 4

GS 112 Intergrated Chemistry and Cell Biology....................................................... 5

PSY104 Psychology in the Workplace..................................................................... 3

                                                                                                                     Total: 15

Term 2                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS110 Aquarium Science Practicum 1.................................................... ............. 2

BI102 General Biology (or higher)........................................................................... 4

MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra.................................................................................. 4

WR121 English Composition (or higher).................................................................. 3

PE185SA Scuba Diving, Beginning.......................................................................... 1

                                                                                                                     Total: 14

Term 3                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS220 Biology of Captive Invertebrates............................................................... 4

AQS111 Aquarium Science Practicum 2.................................................................. 2

AQS165 Current Issues in Aquarium Science......................................................... 1

BI103 General Biology (or higher).......................................................................... 4

WR227 Technical Writing........................................................................................ 3

AQS216 Elasmobranch Husbandry......................................................................... 2

                                                                                                                     Total: 16

Term 4                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS245 Animal Husbandry in a Research Capacity............................................... 2

AQS240 Life Support System Design and Operation.............................................. 4

*Aquarium Science Electives................................................................................... 3

AQS215 Biology of Captive Fish.............................................................................. 4

SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (or higher)............................................... 3

                                                                                                                     Total: 16

Term 5                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS226 Biology of Diverse Captive Species.......................................................... 2

AQS232 Reproduction and Nutrition of Aquatic Animals......................................... 4

AQS270 Fish and Invertebrate Health Management............................................... 4

AQS252 Exhibits and Interpretation......................................................................... 4

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives Or Approved Social Science Electives.... 3

                                                                                                                     Total: 17

Term 6                                                                                      

Course #  Course Title                                                                                             Credits

AQS295 Aquarium Science Internship.................................................................. 12

                                                                                                                     Total: 12

                                                                                   Aquarium Science Total: 90

 

*Aquarium Science Electives

Course #  Course Title                                                                             Credits

AQS151A Special Projects in Aquarium Science.................................................... 1

AQS151B Special Projects in Aquarium Science.................................................... 2

AQS151C Special Projects in Aquarium Science.................................................... 3

AQS186 Introduction to Scientific Diving................................................................. 1

AQS187 Scientific Diving......................................................................................... 1

BI100 Orientation to Marine Life of the Oregon Coast............................................. 3

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year. Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice. Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.