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With tanks full of exciting marine ornamental species, the wet lab is a focal point for campus tours, and is very attractive to prospective students. While the facility has always provided hands-on training and research opportunities to a large number of students each year, there were few formal courses which students could take for credit. It would be easy for us to create and offer a world-class B.Sc. degree in aquaculture or aquarium science, but it is the strong opinion of the faculty that these topics are too specialized for a major at the undergraduate level. Thus, in order to tie our research into an academic experience for our students we created several new courses and a minor degree in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science. This minor is, in part, supported by the research affiliation with the New England Aquarium in Boston and internship opportunities with the aquarium have also been established. Some of these courses are now directly applicable to the marine biology degree as the result of a recent revision of the degree requirements.

Requirements for the Minor in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science

AQS 260 Principles of Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Lab  
AQS 262 Aquarium System Design and Life Support and Lab  
Three (3) courses from the following list:
AQS 306 Principles of Exhibit Development (offered at RWU and NEAq)**  
AQS 314 Field Collection Methods (offered by NEAq in the Bahamas)  
AQS 346 Hatchery Management and Lab  
AQS 352 Public Aquarium Management**  
AQS 450 Aquaculture/Aquarium Science Research  
BIO 302 Ichthyology and Lab  
BIO 345 Aquaculture and Lab  

*A maximum of two (2) courses may be applied towards both the Aquaculture & Aquarium Science minor and to the major in Marine Biology.

** taught at the New England Aquarium in Boston