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Aquaculture ( M.S. )

1. Research Areas

  • Aquatic biology and aquatic feed science
  • Aquatic animal diseases and pathogenic biology
  • Fishery ecological environment
  • Aquatic economic animal breeding and Germplasm Resources

2. Program Duration and Credit

All requirements for a M.S. degree generally are met within three years of admission to degree status. Extensions may be applied by the graduate and granted by the degree committee of the college of life science. The maximum school years are not longer than 5 years (including the extension time).
For a M.S. degree, a minimum of 30 credits is required. At least 19 credits of academic courses must be included in the total credits.

3. Academic Core Courses and Introduction

Aquatic science Research Methods
By means ofdiscussing the problem of Aquatic science or the development of the frontier issues, graduate students are normally expected to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems. Course is taught in the form of weekly seminar in the laboratory or research group as a unit. The contents include:

  • students reported their research progress and existing problems, teachers and students work together to analyze the scientific significance of research progress and the direction of further work, to explore the ideas and methods of solutions to questions;
  • students or teachers introduced the latest research results or forward issues of the currently microbial development, and discussed the scientific significance of the results or progress, and the enlightenment and application for their research work;
  • communication and discussion of the aquatic related literature reading.

Experimental Techniques in Modern Biology
The course is based on innovative experiments. The graduate students are required to design an experiment about a specific topic every week. The students could manage the fundamental principles and methods through spectro photometric technique experiment, genome technology experiment, protein separation and purification technology experiment, electrophoresis experiment, chromatographic analysis experiment,heavy metal testing technology experiment, genome sequencing and microsatellite technology experiment, proteomics experiment and so on. Thus we could improve the experimental operation techniques of postgraduate students and set a good foundation for students to do their experiments well. Meanwhile the students’ scientific thought and innovation capacity would also be trained.

Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering is the core technology of modern biological sciences. Based on molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology and other disciplines, genetic engineering combines with the concept of traditional engineering, modify genetic barcodes with high efficiency by using state-of-art design and the accurate experimental operation. This course will introduce basic principles and design ideas, and some common experimental methods to the graduates. In addition, the application of genetic engineering in the medical sciences and industrial and agricultural construction, as well as the safety of genetic engineering application, are also introduced. The aims of this class are to enable students to get to know the genetic engineering, which has deeply influenced the social and economic development and has been recognized as a new discipline with the most promising developmental potentials in this century. By studying this class, students will understand the basic principle and working ideas of the genetic engineering, thus they can adapt the social demands for high technology and build up knowledge background for the future career or further scientific research.

Advanced Aquatic Biology
The main purpose of this course is to help students understand the aquatic organisms and the environment by learning the basic theory of aquatic biology, training students with scientific views; master the basic knowledge of organisms morphological classification and the main features of common types; grasp the research methods about aquatic organisms; to lay a good foundation for the future to engage in related research and production. This course according to the ecological groups of aquatic organisms (phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, fish and macrophytes), systematically teaching the morphological characteristics of aquatic organisms, reproductive and developmental and phylogenetic classification, ecological distribution and economic significance, and representative species of important taxa and groups were introduced in detail.

Aquatic Animal Diseases
Based on teaching the knowledge about aquatic animal diseases,graduate students are normally expected to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems.The main teaching contents are as follow: aquatic animal pathogens detection, dispute of disease, pathological mechanism, immune prevention focuses on common diseases of aquaculture animals, symptom and pathological change, epidemic situation, methods for the detection and diagnosis, treatment methods and preventive measures, and the large harmful and representative international water animal diseases, especially the disease which must be detected according to the regulations of world organization for animal health (OIE), were also introduced. Based on the research work, showing related research fruition in this field, the direction of future development and personnel training in this field.

Fish Genetics and Breeding
Fish genetics and breeding is a method used to transform the fish genetics, genetic structure, to breed new species which meet the needs of suitable varieties for human production activities. Through teaching, postgraduate students are normally expected to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems. The contents of this course include the latest progress in the field of domestic and international fish breeding research, including genetic theory, breeding theory and technology, cell engineering breeding, hybrid breeding, molecular breeding etc.. List our fruition and application in fish breeding, achievements, personnel training, and the direction of future development in this field.

4. Supervisors

Jiaxin Yang, Wen Wang, Zhou Yang.