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The Aquarium Science, B.S., degree is offered in conjunction with Oregon Coast Community College.
Students will complete their final year of coursework at OCCC in Newport, OR.

Aquarium Science major (118-120 credits)

Foundational Science courses (43-47)

  • BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (12)
  • CH 104 Chemistry and the Environment (4)
  • ES 106 Exploring the Oceans and Atmosphere (4)
  • ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
  • MTH 110 Applied College Mathematics (4)
  • Choose four
    • BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)
    • BI 343 Analysis of Biological Data (4)
    • BI 360 Animal Behavior (4)
    • BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)
    • BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)
    • BI 453 Marine Vertebrates (4)

Business and Entrepreneurship courses (22)

  • BA 211 Financial Accounting (4)
  • BA 310 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • BA 315 Financial Management (3)
  • BA 361 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • BA 362 Business Ethics (3)
  • BA 370 Business and Society (3)
  • ENT 350 Small Business Management (3)

Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science courses (53)

Formal admission to the AQS major is required to begin coursework at OCCC. Students must have less than 32 credits remaining in their Foundational Science and Business and Economics courses in order to be admitted to the major.

  • AQS 100 Introduction to Aquarium Science (3)
  • AQS 110 Aquarium Science Practicum 1 (2)
  • AQS 111 Aquarium Science Practicum 2 (2)
  • AQS 165 Current Issues in Aquarium Science (1)
  • AQS 186 Introduction to Scientific Diving (3)
  • AQS 215 Biology of Captive Fishes (4)
  • AQS 216 Elasmobranch Husbandry (2)
  • AQS 220 Biology of Captive Invertebrates (4)
  • AQS 226 Biology of Diverse Captive Species (2)
  • AQS 232 Reproduction & Nutrition of Aquatic Animals (4)
  • AQS 240 Life Support System Design and Operation (4)
  • AQS 245 Animal Husbandry in a Research Capacity (2)
  • AQS 252 Exhibits and Interpretation (4)
  • AQS 270 Fish & Invertebrate Health Management (4)
  • AQS 295 Aquarium Science Internship (12)

Western Oregon University has an undergraduate graduation requirement stipulating that 45 of the last 60 credits of a degree must be completed in Western Oregon University courses. For students accepted into the AQS degree program, Oregon Coast Community College AQS courses are not counted as part of the last 60 credits of the degree.

Contact

Biology Department

(503) 838-8452 | or e-mail: duttonb@wou.edu