Certificate in Aquaculture

Offered by:  Biology, Faculty of Science

Coordinator: Christophe Herbinger, christophe.herbinger@dal.ca, 902-494-1397


The Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture is designed to be taken concurrently with a Masters or PhD program, and is particularly suited to students whose thesis research relates to aquaculture. Students graduating with certificate have general knowledge in aquaculture (i.e. culture systems, engineering, oceanography, nutrition, modelling, economics, management, sustainability, etc.) as well as advanced skills and knowledge in one of a number specialties in aquaculture.

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

The certificate is structured to be completed concurrently with a Masters or PhD program at Dalhousie University. Currrent graduate students are encouraged to contact the coordinator prior to applying. 

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements:

BIOL 5602.03: Introduction to Aquaculture

Electives (Pick 6 credit hours from the following courses. At least 3 credit hours must be selected from Group A unless an exemption is approved by the certificate coordinator):

Group A: Aquaculture-focused electives

BIOL 5660.03: Ecosystem Modelling for Aquaculture

BIOL 5603.03: Practical Aquaculture

BIOL 5604.03: Field Aquaculture

BIOL 5805.03: Special Topic in Aquaculture*

AGRI 5710.03: Module Course I*

AGRI 5705.03: Module Course II*

Group B: Aquaculture-relevant electives

BIOL 5067.03: Ecology and Evolution of Fishes

BIOL 5815.03: Special Topic in Fish Biology*

BIOL 5705.03: Graduate Module Classes*

AGRI 5610.03: Special Topics in Animal Product Technology*

OCEA 5140.03: Biological Oceanography

OCEA 5130.03: Chemical Oceanography

OCEA 5230.03: Biology of Phytoplankton

OCEA 5380.03: Marine Modelling

ENVI 5205.03: Law and Policy for Resource and Environmental Management

ENVI 5504.03: Management of Resources and the Environment

ENVI 5021.03: Fisheries Management

ENVI 5031.03: Economics for Resource and Environmental Management

ENVI 5044.03: Patterns for Sustainable Industrial Development

ENGM 6680.03: Ecosystem Modelling of Marine and Freshwater Environments

ENGM 6675.03: Risk Assessment and Management

CIVL 6115.03: Design of Water Treatment Plants

CIVL 6116.03: Biological Waste Treatment

CIVL 6117.03: Water Quality Management

POLI 5589.03: Politics of the Sea II

FOSC 6324.03: Fish/Food Processing I

FOSC 6325.03: Fish/Food Processing II

FOSC 6330.03: Fish/Food Process Engineering

LAWS 5068.03: Ocean Law and Policy: International Fisheries

LAWS 5200.03: Environmental Law

ECON 5516.03: Resource Economics

ECON 5517.03: Environmental Economics

*The Certificate Coordinator needs to verify that the material taught in Special Topic or Module courses is relevant to aquaculture.

Certificate Requirement Exemptions:

Students must take 9 credit hours in the form of one core course plus two electives, ensuring that at least one of the elective courses is from Group A. The following exemptions may apply:

1. Students doing an aquaculture-related thesis or graduate project (as verified by the Certificate Coordinator), may choose their two electives from Group B.

2. Students doing an aquaculture-related thesis or graduate project may request permission to take a course not listed in the Group B electives, by submitting a written proposal to the Certificate Coordinator, explaining how the course relates to aquaculture and how it will help to advance their thesis work.

3. Students that have previously completed an introductory course in aquaculture (as verified by the Certificate Coordinator) can exchange the core course for an elective course from Group A.

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of a concurrent degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program. Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.