Aquarium Science Course Descriptions

AQS – AQUARIUM SCIENCE

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.

AQS 100
INTRODUCTION TO AQUARIUM SCIENCE

(2.00 Lecture/2.00 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Examines the history of animal keeping and present-day aquatic animal husbandry industries. Explores the biological processes occurring in the aquarium environment. Learn proper set-up and maintenance of home aquaria.

 

AQS 110
AQUARIUM SCIENCE PRACTICUM 1

(6.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Introduces aquatic animal husbandry work environment and the care of captive aquatic animals. Emphasizes daily animal care and exhibit readiness.

 

AQS 111
AQUARIUM SCIENCE PRACTICUM 2

(6.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Builds upon the experiences gained in Practicum 1. Involves participation in a higher level of aquatic animal husbandry activities including animal health procedures, long-term record keeping and life support systems training.

 

AQS 151A
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN AQUARIUM SCIENCE

(3.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credits

Provides the opportunity to work on an approved special project in aquarium science. Includes independent research in an area of interest or in-depth study in a particular aspect of aquarium science. Course may be repeated for a maximum of three credits.

 

AQS 151B
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN AQUARIUM SCIENCE

(6.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Provides the opportunity to work on an approved special project in aquarium science. Includes independent research in an area of interest or in-depth study in a particular aspect of aquarium science. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

 

AQS 151C
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN AQUARIUM SCIENCE PRACTICUM

(9.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Provides the opportunity to work on an approved special project in aquarium science. Includes independent research in an area of interest or in-depth study in a particular aspect of aquarium science. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

 

AQS 165
CURRENT ISSUES IN AQUARIUM SCIENCE

(1.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 1 Credits

Students understand both internal operational issues and external issues which impact zoological facilities. Incorporates various topics each term.

 

AQS 215
BIOLOGY OF CAPTIVE FISH

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Examines the anatomy and physiology of freshwater and marine fishes and the constraints placed upon them in a controlled environment. Increases an understanding of fish behavior through the use of ethograms.

 

AQS 216
ELASMOBRANCH HUSBANDRY

(2.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Examines the history of captive shark and ray management, current regulations, legislation and conservation of elasmobranches.  Emphasizes requirements associated with keeping a healthy population of elasmobranches.

 

AQS 220
BIOLOGY OF INVERTEBRATES

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Reviews the life history and captive care requirements of invertebrates commonly cultured in the aquatic animal industry/profession.

 

AQS 226
BIOLOGY OF DIVERSE CAPTIVE SPECIES

  1. Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Examines the basic husbandry requirements of different phyla found in public aquarium, research, and other zoological collections.

 

AQS 232
REPRODUCTION AND NUTRITION OF AQUATIC ANIMALS

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Examines the reproductive strategies of fishes and invertebrates in a controlled environment and the manipulation of environmental and physiological parameters that initiate reproduction. The nutritional requirement of selected aquatic animals throughout their life history is explored.  Industry standards for food handling and HACCP requirements are also discussed.

 

AQS 240
LIFE SUPPORT DESIGN AND OPERATION

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Examines the role of life support systems in maintaining a balanced, stable aquatic environment. Presents how to design, construct, maintain and troubleshoot semi-closed, closed and open systems.

 

AQS 245
ANIMAL HUSBANDR IN A RESEARCH CAPACITY

(2.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 2 Credits

Examines the use of fish in research and the ethical issues associated with this practice. Common procedures and research methodology such as anesthesia, biopsy, blood draws, minor surgeries, field study, behavioral techniques, and euthanasia will be presented.

 

AQS 252
EXHIBITS AND INTERPRETATION

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Students understand the principles of exhibit development and interpretive presentations. Covers projects in exhibit planning, performing interpretive presentations, and writing interpretive pieces. Emphasizes the process of developing exhibits and interpretation from conceptual statement through fabrication, performance, or publication.

 

AQS 270
FISH AND INVERTEBRATE HEALTH MANAGEMENT

(3.00 Lecture/2 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 4 Credits

Reviews the common infectious and non-infectious diseases of captive fish and invertebrates. Examines the common techniques of fish and invertebrate health management.

 

AQS 295
AQUARIUM SCIENCE INTERNSHIP

(40.00 Lab Hrs./Wk.) 12 Credits

Exposes students to the daily diligence, responsibilities and rewards of the aquatic animal husbandry profession. Includes daily animal care and facility readiness routines, assisting life support staff and animal health management professionals, and evaluation of operational aspects of the facility.