Indian River State College Programs


Aquaculture, one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture, offers unmatched career opportunities. These unique degree programs integrate traditional education with practical industry experience, preparing students to build a career, start or expand an aquaculture business, implement new technology on a farm, or continue with additional education and training.


Indian River State College

Since 1998, Indian River State College (IRSC) has partnered with the ACTED program to offer a premier state college aquaculture degree program. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for employment in the aquaculture industry.

Graduates qualify for employment in a diverse range of positions including Aquaculture Technician, Hatchery Technician, Systems Supervisor, Hatchery Manager, Assistant Farm Manager, and Farm Manager. Since inception, all graduates of the IRSC Aquaculture Program have found employment in aquaculture or related industries.

Degrees Offered

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree - 2 year Agriculture Production Technology with Aquaculture Specialization
  • Aquaculture Technology Certificate - 1 year program
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management

Faculty Instructors

Dr. Susan Laramore, Dr. Paul Wills, and Dr. Ann McMullian

Core Courses

Introduction to Aquaculture (FAS 1010 - 3 credits) Schedule: Fall and Spring Semesters Instructor: Dr. Susan Laramore This course teaches the basic principles and practices of farming fish, clams, shrimp, and other commercially valuable species. Water quality, site selection, health management practices, nutrition, business decision-making, career choices and job requirements are covered.

Principles of Fish Aquaculture  (FAS 2020 - 4 credits) Schedule: Summer Session I Instructor: Dr. Paul Wills This course teaches hatchery and production techniques for freshwater and marine fish. Topics cover broodstock management, spawning, larval husbandry, nursery, and grow-out of several commercially important fish species. Design of culture systems, nutrition, bioenergetics, genetics, and health management are covered.

Principles of Crustacean Aquaculture  (FAS 2150 - 4 credits) Schedule: Spring Semester Instructor: Dr. Susan Laramore  This course teaches methods of culturing crustacean species with an emphasis on marine shrimp. Topics cover biology and anatomy, hatchery and live feeds production, nursery and growout technology, stocking and feeding practices, harvest and processing, economics and marketing, and regulations.

Principles of Molluscan Aquaculture  (FAS 2151 - 4 credits) Schedule: Fall Semester Instructor:  Dr. Susan Laramore  This course teaches methods of culturing molluscan species with an emphasis on hard clams. It offers hands-on activities that include morphology and anatomy labs, field nursery trials, environmental monitoring, health management, record keeping and counting of clams. Other topics include site requirements for nursery and growout, genetics and diseases, predators, leasing, harvesting and marketing.

Aquatic Animal Health Management  (FAS 2252 - 4 credits) Schedule: Fall Semester Instructor: Dr. Susan Laramore This course provides practical training in health management techniques relating to diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional and environmental diseases of cultured fish, bivalves, and shrimp. Instruction emphasizes the benefits of maintaining a healthy stock and preventing disease through biosecurity and best management practices.

Water Quality, Systems and Operations  (FAS 2412 - 4 credits) Schedule: Spring Semester Instructor: Dr. Paul Wills This course highlights the technology and components used to manage water quality in ponds, flow-through, and recirculating systems used to culture freshwater and marine species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Topics cover design criteria and system construction, management of water quality, filtration, pump selection and aeration. Additional topics cover practical considerations for stocking systems and developing feeding strategies.

Farm Management  (AEB 1132 - 3 credits) Schedule: Fall Semester Instructor: Dr. Ann McMullian This course teaches students the basic decision-making tools needed by a farm manager. The emphasis is on business management and financial control utilizing farm records.

Tuition: $103.83 per college credit in-state; $390.49 per college credit out of state; Lab fees are extra.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Laramore at Harbor Branch or visit