Kentucky State University began offering an undergraduate Minor in Aquaculture in 1992 within the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

No other university in the Commonwealth offers an aquaculture curriculum.

In 1998, the Council on Post Secondary Education approved KSU’s offering of a Master of Science in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences beginning the fall semester of 1999. KSU’s Aquaculture Program has been selected as Kentucky State University’s Program of Distinction.

Several KSU graduate and undergraduate students have won awards at national meetings and symposia.


Courses

AQU 407: Fish Genetics

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • An overview of fish genetics including basic principles and methods of selective breeding in aquaculture.

AQU 409: Bio-statistics

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Basic principles of experimental design and data analysis with emphasis on their applications in aquaculture research.

AQU 411: Fish Diseases

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week.
  • Clinical diagnosis of fish diseases; necropsy of diseased fish; and formulation of corrective measures for disease control.

AQU 412: Fish Morphology & Physiology

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week.
  • An overview of fish morphology and physiology with emphasis on comparative and adaptive aspects among Osteichthyes (true bony fish).

AQU 413/BIO413: Aquatic Ecology

  • Credits: 4
  • 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week.
  • This course investigates the interaction of aquatic organisms with their biotic and abiotic environment. Sampling and laboratory methods of limnological; analysis will be covered.

AQU 421: Fish Nutrition

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • 3 hours of lecture per week.
  • Fundamental and applied aspects of fish nutrition including nutrient requirements, nutrient chemistry, ration formulation, and practical feeding will be taught.

AQU 422: Principles of Aquaculture

  • Credits: 3
  • Introduction to principles underlying aquatic productivity and management with a survey of domestic and foreign cultures of fish and aquatic vertebrates.

AQU 425: Aquaculture Economics and Marketing

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: MAT 120 or MAT 125 or consent of instructor.
  • Aquaculture economics, marketing channels and consumer preferences for fish products will be presented.

AQU 427: Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques

  • Credits: 4
  • 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week.
  • An overview of basic biology of fish reproduction and techniques of artificial spawning for common aquaculture species.

AQU 451: Survey of Production Methods

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: AQU 422 or consent of instructor.
  • 3 hours of lecture per week.
  • An overview of alternative production methods including ponds, cages, net?pens, raceways, and recirculating systems with application to suitable species.

AQU 460: Water Quality Management

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • 3 hours of lecture per week.
  • A survey of theory and practice into the understanding and manipulation of the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of water quality in aquaculture production.

AQU 480: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

  • This course provides basic instruction in mapping technologies to enable natural resource staff, students, local and state government personnel to enhance their planning and resource management skills.

AQU 491: Internship: Aquaculture

  • Credits: 1-4
  • Prerequisite: Consent of advisor. Intensive experience involving practical on-site participation working at an aquaculture facility (University, state, or private).