Water Quality Management

The Kentucky State University Aquaculture Program Water Quality Management is a 3-credit-hour Internet course offered to undergraduate and graduate students.

The graduate-level Water Quality Management 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 and write a scientific review paper on a topic agreed upon by the student and instructor.

This Internet course operates on Blackboard. Each class is a video module that you view as often as you wish. Water Quality Management also contains video clips of field equipment such as aerators in operation, external links to Internet resources, and online tests. Dr. Durborow will communicate with you through Blackboard Announcements and personal e-mail. You may contact him by phone or e-mail.

Who may take Water Quality Management?

Anyone who:

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


Dr. Robert Durborow

Dr. Robert Durborow is the 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. Specifically, people working with fish who need to manage, control and treat water quality, 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 robert.durborow@kysu.edu 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?

The course instructor recommends the textbook Water Quality in Ponds for Aquaculture. Please send the order and payment of $42.00 directly to the author, Dr. Claude Boyd, P.O. Box 3074, Auburn, Alabama, 36831. Make the check/payment payable to Claude Boyd.

What about tuition and fees?

Fall 2014 tuition:

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

Tuition and fees subject to change.