Total credit hours: 39
The diploma is open to all qualified students but is specifically designed for students that have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in a life science field who wish to develop the practical knowledge and skills specific to the aquarium industry. This program’s curriculum is designed to prepare motivated students for a career in the aquarium industry immediately after graduation. The coursework and internships combine hands on experience, practical knowledge, and professional networks that are key to entry level employment. Career paths include public and commercial aquaria, zoological parks, aquaculture facilities and environmental education.
Division Chair: Jennifer Sink
Students must demonstrate English and mathematics “college readiness” levels, via college-level English/math courses or by completion of or waiver credit for specified “transition” or co-requisite courses.
This program of study has additional enrollment requirements. View the Zoo Science and Aquarium Science Application Packet (opens in new window).
WBL Possible Clearance Requirements
A criminal background check and a drug screen may be required by the animal facility partner.
Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all ZAS, WBL and General Education courses to continue their enrollment in the Aquarium Science program.
Students are not guaranteed internships for WBL courses. If a student does not acquire an internship for two (2) consecutive semesters, the student’s status in the Aquarium Science program will need to be re-evaluated by the faculty and division chair.
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program. Zoo and Aquarium Science Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)
See below for an example of a full time pathway.