2-year Diploma Program

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • A minimum “C” grade in one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 11, or equivalent.
  • Biology 11 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • Interview may be required.

Recommended for Admission

  • Physics 12 and other science courses are highly recommended.
  • Additional English courses that lead to improved writing skills are invaluable.

About the Diploma Program

Please note all course codes have recently changed from AQUA to FISH. A few course numbers have also changed.

First Year

During the FALL semester students participate in courses such as:(# credits)

  1. FISH 100T (Introductory Field Trip I) (0)
  2. FISH 132 (Aquatic Habitats) (3)
  3. FISH 211 (Life History and Management of Salmonids) (3)
  4. FISH 227 (Fish Husbandry I) (3)
  5. FISH 123 (Concepts in Biology) (4)
  6. ENGL 115 (University Writing & Research) (3)
  7. *FISH 171T (Aquaculture Practicum I) (1)
  8. **FISH 191T (Project in Husbandry I) (1)
  • Total 18 credits

During the SPRING semester students participate in courses such as:

  1. FISH 124 (Biology of Fishes) (4)
  2. FISH 127 (Fish Husbandry II) (3)
  3. FISH 204 (Aquatic Plant Ecology & Culture) (4)
  4. MATH 181 (Intro to Statistics) (3)
  5. FISH 162T (Shop Skills) (1)
  6. *FISH 172T (Field Practicum II) (1)
  7. **FISH 192T (Project in Husbandry II) (1)

8. Summer Job (FISH 173T) Work Experience (1): Students will work in fisheries or aquaculture summer jobs between their first and second year. Assistance in finding jobs is provided by VIU Faculty, and students will receive credit for the summer practicum courses on completion of an oral presentation. Check out the jobs page for employment opportunities!

  • Total 18 credits

Second Year

Students in the second year are exposed to more advanced and specialized topics in fisheries and aquaculture.

During the FALL semester students participate in courses such as:

  1. FISH 253 (Fisheries Engineering I—Hydrology) (3)
  2. FISH 241 (Fish Health) (4)
  3. FISH 205 (Invertebrate Zoology) (4)
  4. FISH 281 (Fisheries Field Techniques) (3)
  5. FISH 231 (Warm Water Fish Culture) (3)
  6. *FISH 271T (Field Practicum III) (1)
  7. **FISH 291T (Project in Husbandry III) (1)


  • Total 19 credits


During the SPRING semester students participate in courses such as:

  1. FISH 222 (Larval Rearing & Invertebrate Culture) (4)
  2. FISH 210 (Trout Culture ) (3)
  3. FISH 453 (Fish Habitat Assessment and Rehabilitation) (3)
  4. FISH 254 (Fisheries Engineering II—Hydraulics) (3)
  5. *FISH 272T (Field Practicum IV) (1)
  6. **FISH 292T (Project in Husbandry IV) (1)
  7. FISH 223 (Introduction to Fisheries Management)`(3)
  • Total 18 credits

* Field Practicum I/II/III/IV (FISH 171T/172T/271T/272T): In addition to course work, students participate in weekly practical field placements at federal & provincial salmon enhancement hatcheries, private fish and shellfish hatcheries & grow out sites, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, various provincial ministries, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting companies. In the first year, students rotate to various placements every 3 weeks. In the second year, students choose their practicum site and stay there for the entire year.

**Project in Husbandry I/II/III/IV (FISH 191T/192T/291T/292T): Students also work one half day each week on a fisheries and aquaculture related project such as algae culture, aquaponics, fish health, salmon stock assessment, sturgeon culture, trout culture or shellfish culture. A fisheries and aquaculture department faculty member coordinates each project.


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