Aquaculture

Academic Division of Plymouth Campus

The Aquaculture Certificate Program is 22 semester hours of introductory courses in shellfish aquaculture and business management. Classes include a combination of hands-on practical experience, applied science and business courses. Students learn hands-on skills throughout the aquaculture practicum series such as water quality testing, system construction and maintenance, treatment, feeding, and breeding technology.

The focus of the program is on salt-water shellfish species such as oysters. Graduates of the certificate program may find employment on private farms, government hatcheries or begin their own aquaculture production.

Download the Aquaculture Certificate overview sheet. 

Take these classes this fall to get started on your Aquaculture certificate pathway:

  • AQC 101
  • BUS 101
  • MGT 230

Find out when these classes meet, download the Fall 2017 starter schedule.

Fall 2017 Aquaculture Certificate Pathway

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Aquaculture Certificate Information

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Certificates

The Aquaculture Certificate Program is 25 semester hours of introductory courses in shellfish aquaculture and business management. Classes include a combination of hands-on practical experience, applied science and business courses. Students learn hands-on skills throughout the aquaculture practicum series such as water quality testing, system construction and maintenance, treatment, feeding, and breeding technology.

The focus of the program is on salt-water shellfish species such as oysters. Graduates of the certificate program may find employment on private farms, government hatcheries or begin their own aquaculture production.

Plymouth

Aquaculture Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • AQC 101
    • Aquaculture Practicum I
    • 3
    This is the first in a series of two practicum experiences. Students learn hands-on skills through the Aquaculture Practicum series. Skills such as water quality testing, system construction and maintenance, species collection methods and treatments, feeding and breeding technology are part of the practicums. Practicum I assigns students to a shellfish aquaculture hatchery to observe and partake in the care of the aquaculture seed product. Students also work with program partners in the industry in practicums and in the cooperative work experience course. Partners include university and government marine sciences laboratories, environmental non-governmental organizations, as well as commercial aquatic businesses. Prerequisites: Admission into the Aquaculture Certificate program and preapproval of the practicum host site and the course instructor or Vice President of Academic Affairs.
    • AQC 102
    • Principles of Aquaculture
    • 3
    Principles of Aquaculture will provide the Aquaculture Certificate candidate with a broad-based background in the many facets of the aquaculture industry that occur locally, regionally, and nationally. While emphasizing local and regional operations, the course will introduce the key concepts of aquaculture. The course will include and introduction into the biology, ecology and the economics of aquaculture; from the processes and operations of spawning and rearing of product, to moving the product to market. Prerequisite: AQC101
    • AQC 201
    • Aquaculture Practicum II
    • 3
    This is the second in a series of two practicum experiences. Students learn hands-on skills through the Aquaculture Practicum series. Skills such as water quality testing,
    system construction and maintenance, species collection methods and treatments, feeding and breeding technology are part of the practicums. Practicum II assigns students to a
    shellfish aquaculture hatchery to observe and partake in the care of the aquaculture seed product. Students also work with program partners in the industry in practicums and in
    the cooperative work experience course. Partners include university and government marine sciences laboratories, environmental non-governmental organizations, as well as
    commercial aquatic businesses. Prerequisites: Admission into the Aquaculture Certificate program, preapproval of the practicum host site and the course instructor or Vice President of Academic Affairs, and completion of AQC101.
    • BIO 160
    • Marine Ecology
    • 4
    Marine Ecology is an integrated study of the physical, chemical and biological interrelations within the estuary, the natural environment where freshwater meets salt water. The coastal aquatic ecotone will be studied, where an abundance of biological diversity exists, and where conditions exist to support the majority of aquaculture activities, worldwide. It allows for an understanding of how the physics, chemistry, biology and geology work in unison to create the unique conditions, suitable or unsuitable, to support the in-house and/or field aquaculture operation.

AQC Student Spotlight

Will & Katie Schultz, Quincy College Aquaculture Students at the Plymouth Waterfront Will & Katie Schultz, Quincy College Aquaculture Students in the Krovitz Library

Two of the Aquaculture program graduates, Will and Katie Schultz are immediately putting their aquaculture certification to good use, launching an Aquaculture farm in Rhode Island.

Self-identified foodies, Will and Katie Schultz of East Bridgewater stumbled upon the Quincy College at Plymouth Aquaculture program when it first launched the Summer of 2016. Looking for the best outlet for their entrepreneurial spirit that kept them close to the water, Katie, a graduate from Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) in New Hampshire with a baccalaureate in Psychology works as a cardiac sonographer and Will, a world-traveler.

Will always enjoyed oysters. Via the Quincy College Aquaculture program, Will was able to discover how one of his favorite foods made it to the table.

The year-long Quincy College aquaculture program was appealing to the couple as it quickly built their knowledge base of the growing aquaculture industry in coastal New England.

Reflecting on his education experience in the new Quincy College Aquaculture program:

“Quincy College has been phenomenal. I was in my mid-30s returning to college with my high school diploma in hand. I had taken classes before at different colleges and felt that the fit just wasn’t right. At Quincy College, the students are focused, invested, and are here to learn. I have yet to find one professor who wasn’t helpful or informative at Quincy College. It’s been a great experience. I hope to continue my education as I build my business and explore Aquaculture further, possibly continuing my education in Rhode Island,” stated Will Schultz.

Will and Katie as part of the Quincy College Aquaculture program worked in and outside the classroom, completing two practicums with local South Shore business including Chatham Shellfish Company where the students received hands-on field work experience. They also worked at the Aquaculture Research Corporation which provided critical experience working in a shellfish hatchery.

Currently, Katie and Will are looking to establish a grant site for their aquaculture farm in Rhode Island. The site location can vary as only five percent of any pond in Rhode Island can be used for aquaculture. The couple are looking to establish a 3-acre farm, costing roughly $60,000 per acre.

The yet to be named Aquaculture farm owned by the Schultz’s will look to market oysters harvested to local area restaurants and other outlets looking to purchase sustainable oysters. Will and Katie are focused on not only their burgeoning business but their growing family as Katie is expecting the couple’s first child.

The future outlook is quite bright for the young couple. Will Schultz now jokingly ribs his father who works in the Financial District of Boston: “I have the most gorgeous office (speaking of the open water). For the first time in my life, I can say to my father that I have the better office view.”

For more information on the Quincy College Aquaculture program located at the Plymouth campus, complete the inquiry form here>>

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Contact Info:

Quincy Campus

1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Tel:  (617) 984-1700

Plymouth Campus

36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400

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