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Career in Aqua Science

inside bluefin tuna cage. credit Marco Care Marine Photobank1

With roughly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface covered with water, aqua science has emerged as an important subject area.

This profession deals with specialization in water and underwater environments. Broadly speaking aqua science is the multi-disciplinary study of Earth’s interrelated processes (atmosphere, oceans, and land surface) and their relationship to changes in the Earth system.

Aqua science tries to answer questions that will affect the quality of life for future generations, developing and testing models that project the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, ozone depletion, and changes in currents and ocean temperature.

Important subject areas include Aquaculture which refers to is the cultivation of aquatic organisms and aquatic populations under controlled conditions. It further covers an important subject area called Mariculture which refers to aquaculture practiced in marine environments.

Particular kinds of aquaculture include algaculture (the production of kelp/seaweed and other algae); fish farming; shrimp farming, shellfish farming, and the growing of cultured pearls.


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Aqua Science Eligibility Criteria

Most of universities run undergraduate programs like B.Sc in aqua science, whose minimum requirement is generally set as a pass or equivalent Plus Two qualification or its equivalent with Biology/maths, physics and chemistry subjects.

Similarly for post graduation qualification like an M.Sc in aqua science

  • A graduate degree in science


  • Higher degrees in related fields are preferred.

Aqua Science Personal Skills

Besides having a keen interest for underwater environments and various water-bodies, a strong skill of observation, good color vision, patience, good physical health, perseverance and interest in outdoor activities are some of the other personal traits for this field.

Aqua Science Career Prospects

Professional engaged in aquatic science work in nearly all sectors of the economy. They base their work in many aquatic environments such as estuaries, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. In government agencies, they study the quality of drinking water, help set standards for seafood, and make recommendations on environmental regulations.

In the private sector, they work for the oil industry, helping locate underwater oil reserves, and in fish farms keeping the fish healthy. Many scientists who specialize in aquatics enter the academics sector too.

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Aqua Science Courses

There are several institutes which offer various courses in aquaculture. Most of the state agricultural universities offer bachelors, masters and doctorate programmes in aquaculture, like:

» B.Sc. Aqua Culture

» M.Sc. Applied Fisheries and Aquaculture

» M.Sc. Aqua Culture and Fish Processing

» M.Sc. Aqua Culture

» M.Sc. Mariculture

» M.Sc. Coastal Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology

» M.F.Sc. Freshwater Aqua Culture

» Ph.D. Aqua Culture

Other related courses

» Bachelor of Fishery Science

» M.Sc. Industrial Fisheries

» Master of Fishery Science

» Ph.D. Fishery Science

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