Post Degree Diploma

VIU Professor and students researching from a boat

This is a very popular program for students that already have a BSc in a related biological/environmental science. Students take applied, lab-oriented courses in fisheries and aquaculture. These courses are taught in conjunction with weekly practicum (work) placements in a wide range of situations (government research labs, fisheries habitat and management agencies, shellfish and finfish aquaculture hatcheries & farms, salmon enhancement hatcheries, environmental consulting firms, etc.). Graduates find the knowledge, practical skills and work experience gained to be excellent direct gateways to careers and graduate school.

The post degree diploma is comprised of a subset of courses offered in the 2-year diploma  and the B. Sc., Minor in Aquaculture programs.  The specific subset of courses taken is tailored to meet individual student's career interests, usually with either a conservation, fisheries management or aquaculture emphasis. Students must complete a total of 30 credits which must include 2 semesters of practicum and 2 of FISH 191T/192/291/292 Projects in Husbandry courses.

Steps to become a Post-Degree Diploma Student

  1. Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from VIU or elsewhere
  2. Apply to VIU
  3. Receive acceptance letter from VIU
  4. As soon as you are accepted, contact Department Chair or Co-Chair to choose courses for each semester that will cater to your career goals. Domestic and international students can not complete registration without this step!
  5. Register
    • Domestic Students: You are responsible for registering yourself. Please do this as soon as you receive a student number. Log on to your student record and on the left of the screen, click on web registration. You should register for both the Fall and Spring semester at this time. Enter the specific course IDs (example (AQUA 204) in the spaces allotted then click Build me a timetable with these courses. When the timetable comes up, check it over and click Register me in these courses.
    • International Students: Contact Department Chair or Co-Chair to register. Alternatively, if you are in Nanaimo, you can take your list of courses down to international education (building 255 Nanaimo campus map) and register yourself. It is advisable to register for courses before you arrive in Canada (May - June).
  6. Pay tuition deposit
  7. Pay remaining tuition