BSc - Aquaculture as a major
If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.
By studying Aquaculture as a major at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus, you will be at the centre of New Zealand’s prime growth area for aquaculture.
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|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Fees (Domestic):||$7,130 (approx) per year|
|Fees (International):||$29,705-$31,795 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
|*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
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Degree planner — BSc in Aquaculture (Tauranga campus)
If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points. This structure applies to study at our Tauranga campus only, starting in 2019 (subject to approval).
BSc Papers - Tauranga
Disciplinary Foundations and Numeracy Papers
Tauranga Disciplinary Foundations papers
A range of STEM papers to broaden your scientific skill set.
Choose three of:
Tauranga Numeracy papers
Across your degree, you should take two papers which increases your confidence in quantitative science. In many cases this will be met through papers ordinarily selected.
Choose 30 points from the following:
Papers available within Aquaculture
The major in Aquaculture provides students with the opportunity to develop graduate attributes that are recognised as appropriate by professional scientists working within the broad subject areas of whole organism biology, ecology, and biodiversity, and that are well suited to related employment opportunities within their chosen discipline subjects.
Aquaculture is available as a major for the BSc. Aquaculture may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Aquaculture as a single major, students must gain 135 points including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete AQCUL101, MARIN101, AQCUL201, AQCUL202, BIOEB203, EARTH241 and 45 points from AQCUL301, AQCUL302, EARTH341 and MARIN301.
To complete Aquaculture as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete AQCUL101, MARIN101, AQCUL201, AQCUL202, BIOEB203, EARTH241 and 30 points from AQCUL301, AQCUL302, EARTH341 and MARIN301, including one of AQCUL301 or AQCUL302.
To complete a minor in Aquaculture, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Aquaculture major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete AQCUL101 and 45 points from AQCUL201, AQCUL202, AQCUL301 and AQCUL302.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|AQCUL101||Introduction to Aquaculture||20A (Tauranga)|
|This paper will introduce marine aquaculture in a New Zealand context, with perspectives from historical Maori aquaculture and that of ancient foreign cultures.|
|MARIN101||Marine Biodiversity||20A (Tauranga)|
|This paper provides an introduction to marine ecosystems, the form and function of key marine taxa, the identification of New Zealand marine plants & animals (both indigenous & introduced), and the concepts of kaitiakitanga and conservation, as they apply to the coastal marine environment.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|AQCUL201||Invertebrate and algal aquaculture||20A (Tauranga)|
|This paper will introduce key taxa of invertebrates and algae used in aquaculture, focusing on the biology and physiology of their lifecycles, and common husbandry methods. Particular emphasis will be given to species of relevance to the NZ industry.|
|AQCUL202||Fish Aquaculture||20B (Tauranga)|
|This paper will introduce key fish species cultured around the world, with a focus on the biology and physiology of their lifecycle as well as common husbandry methods. Particular emphasis will be given to species of relevance to the New Zealand industry.|
|BIOEB203||Animal Structure and Function||20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)|
|This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd...|
|EARTH241||Oceanography||20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)|
|This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography|
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Available in Tauranga
From 2019, we're bringing all three years of the Aquaculture major to Tauranga. Year 1 will be available from 2019; Year 2 from 2020; and Year 3 from 2021.