Principles of Aquaculture

The Kentucky State University Aquaculture Program offers a 3-credit-hour Principles of Aquaculture undergraduate (AQU 422) and graduate (AQU 522) Internet course. Dr. Jim Tidwell will teach the courses.

The graduate-level course (AQU 522) is intended for students who are completing or already have a bachelor’s (or higher) degree. During the course, students take four online tests. Graduate level students also prepare a research paper on one cultured species not covered in class.

This Internet course operates on the Blackboard 6 platform. You probably will find this course different than other online courses you have taken. Each class will be primarily video modules that you view as often as you wish. The course also contains online tests, external links to Internet resources, discussion boards and other tools for active interaction between instructor and students, as well as among students themselves.

Who may take Principles of Aquaculture?

Anyone who:

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


Dr. Jim Tidwell pic

Dr. Jim Tidwell is instructor of the courses.

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.

Any prerequisites?

Student should receive consent of instructor for acceptance into the course. Principles of Aquaculture provides a broad overview of all aspects of  aquaculture. This course is offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


How to Enroll:

  1. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Tidwell via email at to receive consent for acceptance into the course and instructions for registration.
  2. Registration for Principles of Aquaculture:
    1. U.S. students should contact the instructor and request enrollment information.
    2. International students (countries other than U.S.) receive instructions for registration from Dr. Tidwell.
  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?


What about tuition and fees?

Fall 2014 tuition:

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

Tuition and fees subject to change.