Fish Diseases

The Kentucky State University Aquaculture Program Fish Diseases is a 3-credit-hour Internet course. Dr. Robert Durborow,, Professor in the Division of Aquaculture at KSU, will teach the course.

The graduate-level Fish Diseases course is intended for students who are completing or already have a bachelor’s (or higher) degree. During the course, students take four online tests.

This Internet course operates on Blackboard. Each class is a video module that you view as often as you wish. Fish Diseases also contains movie clips of diseased fish and pathogens, external links to Internet resources, online tests, discussion boards and other tools for interaction between Dr. Durborow and students, as well as among students.

Fish Diseases provides an overview of all aspects of  fish diseases. This course is offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Who may take Fish Diseases?

Anyone who:

  • Wishes to add a fish disease course into his/her present university curriculum.
  • Already has a degree in biology or some other area and is interested in fish diseases.
  • Wants to get credit hours without attending a traditional classroom.


Dr. Robert Durborow

Dr. Robert Durborow is the instructor of the courses. Dr. Steven Mims and Mr. Shawn Coyle are guest lecturers.

Why take an Internet course?

An online course is perfect for persons who have limited time, and may not be able to attend class at a particular hour. Also, Web courses provide subject matter that may not be available at a nearby school. Specifically, people working with fish who need to be able to identify and control diseases will find this coure useful. Veterinarians, koi or aquarium hobbyists, and anyone who just needs or wants college credit at the undergraduate or graduate level are welcomed to enroll.

Any prerequisites?

Student should receive consent of instructor for acceptance into the course.


  1. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Durborow via email at to discuss course specifics and receive consent for acceptance into the course.
  2. Registration for Fish Diseases:
    1. U.S. students should contact the instructor for enrollment information.
    2. International students (countries other than U.S.) should receive instructions for registration from Dr. Durborow.
  3. Kentucky State University will contact the student about payment arrangements. Registration is not complete until the student has paid tuition and fees.
  4. The instructor will contact each student by e-mail to provide initial course instructions before the course begins. A working e-mail address is required for each student.

Is a textbook required?

No, but the course instructor recommends the DVD, Diseases of Warmwater Fish and Trout Diseases, Durborow, R. M. 2001, that is available from Dr. Durborow for $20.

Another helpful source is Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, Noga, Edward. 2000, Iowa State Press.

What about tuition and fees?

Fall 2014 tuition:

  • Undergraduate (AQU 407): $1,110
  • Graduate (AQU 507): $1,359

Tuition and fees subject to change.