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MSc Program


Chair and graduate co-ordinator
Richard D. Moccia (139 Animal & Poultry Science, Ext. 6216)
(E-mail: rmoccia@aps.uoguelph.ca)

Graduate Faculty

James L. Atkinson
Associate Professor, Animal and Poultry Science

James S. Ballantyne
Associate Professor, Zoology

Hugh W. Ferguson
Professor, Pathology

Moira M. Ferguson
Associate Professor, Zoology

Thomas F. Funk
Professor, Agricultural Economics and Business

John F. Leatherland
Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Ian McMillan
Professor, Animal and Poultry Science

Richard D. Moccia
Associate Professor, Animal and Poultry Science

David L.G. Noakes
Professor, Zoology

Wayne C. Pfeiffer
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Business

Rosalynn M.W. Stevenson
Associate Professor, Microbiology

Margaret Thorburn
Assistant Professor, Population Medicine

Glen J. Van Der Kraak
Associate Professor, Zoology

Rickey Y. Yada
Professor, Food Science

Associated Graduate Faculty
C. Young Cho
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

G. Ab B. Moore
BA Western Ontario, BD Victoria, MA, PhD Syracuse - Retired

     The university offers an interdepartmental program of study leading to the degree of master of science in aquaculture [MSc (Aquaculture)]. The participating units are the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Business, Animal and Poultry Science, Food Science, Microbiology, Nutritional Sciences, Pathology, Population Medicine, Rural Extension Studies, and Zoology.

MSc Program

     Aquaculture is the production of biomass of any aquatic plant or animal, including algae, molluscan, crustacean, and fish species, through artificial cultivation techniques. The MSc (Aquaculture) program is a non-thesis degree option consisting of courses and a special project related primarily to the production of coolwater and coldwater fin-fish species. The objective of the degree is to provide an intensive, multidisciplinary program of study, without areas of sub-specialization. Graduates will obtain an integrated, technical knowledge of the concepts of animal production, agribusiness and state-of-the-art technology as they relate to aquaculture. The program includes a wide range of courses, a special project requirement and a practicum intended to provide essential experience in applied fish-production systems.

Admission Requirements
     Students may be admitted to the MSc (Aquaculture) program from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, including honours degree programs in animal or agricultural science, environmental biology, fisheries biology, marine biology, microbiology, nutritional sciences, wildlife biology, and zoology. The adequacy of a student's background and experience will be assessed by an admissions committee before a student is permitted to enter the program. All applicants must meet the university minimum criteria for admission to graduate studies. In addition, the admissions committee will look for relevant work experience or recognized educational training in agrifood systems and aquatic or fisheries science.
     Applications must be accompanied by a letter of intent expressing the student's reasons for wanting to enter the program. Prior completion of introductory basic science courses will be expected.

Degree Requirements
     The program requires the completion of a minimum of 6.5 course credits. Students will be permitted to take additional, elective course credits if desired. At least 4.5 of the course credits will be at the graduate level and all undergraduate courses must be eligible for graduate credit. The selection of the courses will be dependent, in part, on the courses completed in the student's undergraduate program. The total duration of the program is expected to be 3-4 full-time semesters, or longer if part-time study is undertaken. Detailed schedules of studies are available from the program co-ordinator or from any member of the graduate faculty in the program. The student's advisor will provide leadership in making arrangements for, and providing advice on, the student's overall program, including the special project. Students in the program will be under the guidance of the Aquaculture Interdepartmental Group, and will register both in the interdepartmental program and in the department of their advisor. The Aquaculture Interdepartmental Group consists of members of the graduate faculty whose teaching or research interests are wholly or partly related to aquaculture.


Course/(Credit Value) Term Course Description
Special Project in Aquaculture (6)
S,F,W An intensive learning opportunity focusing on an applied problem in the aquaculture industry. Completion of a literature review and project, in concert with hands-on experience with live animals, either in a research or commercial setting, form the basis of a final report and oral presentation to be made to a committee of core program faculty. Practical experience is also gained through on-site training at the Alma Aquaculture Research Station.
Science and Technology in Aquaculture (3)
F A formal lecture, student seminar and essay course designed to examine the role of science and technology in the aquacultural industry. Latest advances in the scientific community are explored, with special attention to those developments having promise for commercialization and technology transfer to the private sector. The course will explore the relationships between basic and applied science, and the development of new technology for the industry.
Practicum in Aquaculture: Culture of Salmonids (3)
   Using a problem-solving approach, students will complete a series of models at the Alma Aquaculture Research Station covering topics in water management, hatchery operations, propagation techniques, feeding and nutrition, health and disease, economics and regulatory issues. Students will solve practical problems from both a theoretical and applied perspective.

Other Graduate Courses Eligible for credit in the MSc (Aquaculture) program:
Department of Agricultural Economics and Business
AGEC*6120 Marketing Management (3)
AGEC*6430 Case Studies in Farm Management (3)
Department of Animal and Poultry Science
ANSC*6450 Topics in Animal Biotechnology (3)
Department of Consumer Studies
COST*6010 Product Development and Management Systems (3)
Department of Rural Extension Studies
REXT*6130 International Extension Studies (3)
REXT*6190 Communication and Interpersonal Relations (3)
REXT*6311 Extension Methods (3)
Department of Food Science
FOOD*6230 Food Product Development (3)
Department of Zoology
ZOO*6550 Aquaculture (3)

Undergraduate Courses Eligible for Graduate Credit
(Students must not have received credit for these courses as part of their undergraduate programs.):
Department of Animal and Poultry Science
ANSC*4050 Recombinant DNA in Animal Science (4)
ANSC*4150 Principles of Farm Animal Care and Welfare (3)
Department of Consumer Studies
COST*3010 Quality Assurance (3)
COST*3780 Economics of Food Usage (3)
Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
HBNS*3230 Animal Nutrition (4)
HBNS*3340 Nutrition of Fish and Crustacea (3)
HBNS*4210 Nutrition, Exercise and Energy Metabolism (3)
Department of Pathology
PATH*3600 Principles of Disease (4)
PATH*4100 Diseases of Aquatic Animals (3)

     Other relevant graduate and undergraduate courses may be taken for credit subject to the approval of the student's advisory committee.


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