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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Majoring in Aquaculture and Fisheries

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Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 08-July-2019
Dunedin Campus
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Otago's unique Applied Science degrees link the excitement of science and the power of technology with the challenges of business. Applied Science programs help graduates to become innovative thinkers with an entrepreneurial spirit, the very attributes successful New Zealanders are well-known for. As a graduate you'll be in better control of your career, able to contribute to the success of any organisation. And if innovation attracts you, an Applied Science degree combined with work experience will provide the right background if you decide to start your own business. Honours degree is also available.

Aquaculture and Fisheries: The market for seafood is huge and growing fast, but stocks of fish are dropping dramatically due to overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. This is where Aquaculture and Fisheries Science come together. A fishery is an organised effort to catch fish or other aquatic species. Most fisheries are based at sea rather than in fresh water. Fisheries science is the study of managing and understanding fisheries.

Aquaculture is the aquatic equivalent of agriculture - the production of aquatic species in land or sea based 'farms'. Aquaculture in New Zealand has undergone a huge expansion and now production of sea cage salmon and green lip mussels is a big part of our seafood industry.

Why study Aquaculture and Fisheries?

Fishing and fisheries are very important to New Zealand because of our fascination with the sea, and the importance of the ocean for food and trade. As fish stocks decline, aquaculture is an industry of growing importance to New Zealand. Our extensive coast line, much of it with sheltered bays and inlets, and our unpolluted water make this country particularly suited to seafood production from aquaculture.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries you will be well placed to work in a variety of positions within the industry. You could join the Ministry of Primary Industries, which is responsible for managing our fish stocks, or join one of the many companies who catch the fish we eat or export. Some of these same companies are also involved in the culture of fish or shellfish and the growth of these to a marketable size. You may help develop new products from fish or shellfish. Alternatively, you might join a science team for a regional council to help make local decisions on which coastal areas might be used for aquaculture and how best to environmentally manage these areas. If you wish to stay at University to learn more about aquaculture and fisheries science, or marketing and management of products, you could complete a Master of Science (MSc) or PhD, opening up wider job opportunities in a more senior scientist or management position.

Programme Requirements: 100-level: BIOL 112 Animal Biology; MARI 112 Global Marine Systems; STAT 110 Statistical Methods or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics. Three of: BIOL 123 Plants: How They Shape the World; CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology; CHEM 111 Chemistry: Molecular Architecture; CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health; EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science; ECOL 111 Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

200-level: MARI 202 Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology; AQFI 251 Principles of Aquaculture; Two of BTNY 203, CHEM 201, CHEM 204, CHEM 205, ECOL 211, ECOL 212, FOSC 201, FORS 201, GENE 222, GENE 223, OCEN 201, PHIL 235, STAT 210, SURV 208, ZOOL 221

300-level: AQFI 301 Field Methods for Assessment of Fisheries and Aquatic Habitats; AQFI 352 Fisheries Ecology; Two of CHEM 301, CHEM 304, CHEM 306, FORS 301, GENE 312, GENE 314, GENE 315, MARI 301, MARI 302, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 319

Plus 108 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers.

Entry criteria

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year programme.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 26 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL Score of 80 (writing 20); Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (TWE 4.5); Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements; International Baccalaureate - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher level in Language B; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.


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