Degree & Masters Courses & Study in Singapore Courses Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology)

Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology)

Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology)

Course overview

Breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants is the main objective of Aquaculture. This is an increasingly important area for developing a sustainable, food secure, future. Ensuring a consistent supply of food and associated products for human consumption, while also helping in the preservation of species in the wild, is key to solving real world problems. Throughout this major, students will explore the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. You will understand the biodiversity of species and how they are farmed, the design of aquaculture systems, and the basics of nutrition.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science at James Cook University
will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, within the domain of data science
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods,techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgment
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others
Trimester: January*, May, September
Carousel/Block**: March, July, November
24 months full-time (Commencing in Trimester)

26 months full-time (Commencing in Carousel/Block)
Study Mode
On campus

*In 2024, the intake will commence in February
**Carousel/Block intakes are for commencing students only, subsequently, students will progress with the trimester.


Course Structure

4 subjects in Trimester
2 subjects in Carousel/Block

Study Program

Students are required to complete 24 subjects as per following:

7 Core Subjects

  • Preparatory Chemistry
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Science, Technology and Truth
  • Modelling Natural System
  • Quantitative Methods in Science
  • Professional Placement

1 Subject (Also known as skill subjects)

  • Database Modelling
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Linear Algebra
  • Data Visualisation
  • Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

+ 8 Major Subjects

  • Introduction to Biological Processes
  • Introduction to Biodiversity
  • Evolution
  • Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture
  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition
  • Sustainable Aquaculture

1 Major Elective Subject

  • Aquaculture: Propagation
  • Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

+ 9 Elective Subjects

  • 2 subjects (Also known as breadth subject)
    • Problem Solving and Programming I
    • Programming II
    • Evolution of the Earth
    • Environmental Processes and Global Change
    • Mathematical Foundation
    • Mathematical Techniques
    • Foundation of Data Science
  • 3 subjects (Level 2, 3 or 5 Science subjects)
  • 2 subjects (Level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subjects)
  • 2 subjects (Level 3 or Level 5 subjects)

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entry requirements differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Successfully complete ten (10) subjects with a minimum pass of 50% per subject and secure an overall 65% of the James Cook University Foundation program will also satisfy the entry requirement


  • Assumed knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C); or equivalent
  • Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent
  • Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level (or equivalent) Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science

For further information email [email protected]

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards on a case-by-case basis in accordance to JCU admissions guidelines

Advanced Standing

Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure. Maximum advanced standing up to 48 credit points. Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below  90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here.

Career Outcomes

Possible careers graduates in the Bachelor of Science majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology can look forward to include the following:

  • Hatcheries management
  • Stock nutrition programs and management
  • Fresh water and marine farming
  • Aquaculture research and development

Tuition Fees

Domestic** International
S$64,746 S$67,362

**Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass).


  • All course fees include the corresponding Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is 9% in 2024.
  • The details of the instalment breakdown will be provided in your Student Contract. Please contact us for further details.

Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website:

Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.


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