UH Hilo Courses

Aerial view of PACRC facility at Keaukaha
The PACRC facility is used to grow freshwater and saltwater fish.

The undergraduate aquaculture program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) was established in 1988 and is located within the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM). Students completing this program recieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a specialization in aquaculture.

All UH Hilo College of Agriculture programs, including the aquaculture program, stress individualized attention through small class size, an emphasis on both basic and applied sciences, and experiential learning through laboratory and field work. The PACRC is proud to be an integral part of this degree program. The Hilo area has unique potential for aquaculture education. As expected in a semi-tropical island climate, warm seawater and freshwater are available. Additionally, cool fresh and salt waters (20°C) and cold (6°C) seawater can be obtained from wells. This diversity of water supplies allows the culture of almost all aquaculture species including tropical fish, trout, salmon, carp, shrimp, various seaweeds, and shellfish throughout the year.

Aquaculture students currently have access to a freshwater aquaculture facility at the UH-Hilo agricultural farm, and a coastal research and teaching facility is being developed by the PACRC in Keaukaha, only four miles from campus. Why Study Aquaculture? Students graduating from the UH Hilo aquaculture program can obtain employment with private firms ad various government agencies as aquaculture biologists/technicians, start their own aquaculture enterprises, or proceed to graduate school for advanced degrees. Check out the requirements for the undergraduate aquaculture degree program.