The University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture supports research, development and training in aquatic food production systems with special interest in arid environments and developing countries. Current research includes rearing fish and shrimp in irrigation systems, fish and shrimp nutrition and pathology, re-use of effluents as fertilizers for field crops and improving soils with fish wastes, and sustainable systems including aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. The certificate is especially designed for working professionals and international students who may want additional graduate experience on a flexible or reduced time scale.
The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) brings together a faculty of outstanding scientists, distinguished by their understanding of soil, water, and the environment, and their ability to carry out research and planning towards the solution of environmental and resource use problems. The department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, with focal areas in either Environmental Science, or Soil and Water Science. Also offered are an accelerated Master of Science degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, dual Master of Science degrees in Journalism and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and in Business Administration and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture.
Graduate study in the SWES Department is open to students with undergraduate preparation in biological, chemical, physical, earth, or engineering sciences. Students with other backgrounds may be accepted into the program, with course deficiencies noted. Approximately 60 graduate students and 200 undergraduate students are continuously enrolled in the department.
Students with a graduate degree from the SWES Department are highly employable, pursuing careers in academia, the public sector (e.g., consulting), with state, federal and international agencies (USDA, USGS, USFC, NASA, FAO, etc.), and NGOs.