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Tuition Fees:$352 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Agriculture
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Aquaculture is an applied science that deals with the culture of numerous aquatic organisms in a wide range of culture environment (from sea enclosures to semi- extensive ponds and high-tech recirculation systems).
Aquaculture is often referred to as the aquatic equivalent of agriculture and it includes the production of freshwater and marine fish, molluscs (including oysters), crustaceans (shrimps, prawns) and aquatic plants such as seaweed.

Aquaculture also focuses on the biological, physical and chemical integrity of water bodies, economic and social driving factors necessary for the sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms. Aquaculture experts design aquaculture systems, employ scientific techniques, and practical skills and business strategies to improve aquatic resource management.

Declining fish populations around the world as a result of overfishing, pollution and human impacts demand a change in current fishing practices. For this reason, Aquaculture is seen as an important source of meeting the fish stock deficit. Currently, Aquaculture is responsible for one third of the fish consumed globally.

However, as aquaculture production continues to grow, so do concerns over its impacts on the environment and wild fish species. In order to address these issues; the general consensus is the need for applications of scientific techniques, micro business strategies, sensitisation of producers and consumers in addition to effective regulation

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the biology of aquaculture organisms, their breeding, genetics, nutrition and water quality issues relevant to aquaculture.
• Be able to build aquaculture infrastructure and solve engineering issues relevant to aquaculture ventures.
• Employ knowledge of health and safety issues in aquaculture ventures.
• Apply scientific techniques, practical skills and business management strategies to improve aquatic resource management.
• Be able to manage and operate an aquaculture business.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)

 

FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CORE/ELECTIVE CREDITS
ANIM 111 Biology of Farm Animals

C

2

2 TOTAL

C

2

 

LEVEL 200

 

 FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
ANIM 211 Introduction to Monogastric Animal Production

C

2

  TOTAL

2

SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
CODE  
ANIM 212 Elements of Microbiology and Immunology

C

3

  TOTAL

3

*Long vacation practicals are compulsory for ALL Level 200 students and a pre-requisite for progression to Level 300

 

LEVEL 300

 

Students shall be required to take all the University and School required courses. Additionally, students shall take TWO courses per semester from the Department of specialisation and TWO courses per semester from other Departments in the School. 

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE SPECIALISATION  

FIRST SEMESTER 
ANIM 311 Principles of Animal Nutrition

C

3

FISH 313 Introduction to Aquaculuture

C

3

  TOTAL  

6

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER 

ANIM 312 Introduction to Ruminant Production

C

3

ANIM 314 Principles of Animal Breeding

C

3

  Two Electives from other Departments within SOA

E

6

  TOTAL  

12

 

LEVEL 400

 

Students shall be required to take all School required courses. Additionally, students shall select one of the EIGHT subject areas listed under Specialisations and take all the CORE courses listed and some other electives.  Level 400 students are expected to report to the School 4 weeks before the commencement of the first semester to begin their research project.

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE SPECIALISATION
 

FIRST SEMESTER

ANIM 410 Research Project

C

3

ANIM 413 Biometry

C

3

ANIM 415 Applied Animal Nutrition

C

3

ANIM 417 Monogastric Animal Production

C

3

  *Select One Elective from ANIM 419, ANIM 421, ANIM 423

E

3

  TOTAL  

15

* ANIM 419=Meat Science & Technology (3 credits), ANIM 421=Principles of Range and Forage Science (3 credits), ANIM 423=Micro-Livestock Production (3 credits)
SECOND SEMESTER
ANIM 410 Research Project

C

3

 
ANIM 414 Applied Animal Breeding

C

3

ANIM 416 Ruminant Animal Production

C

3

*Select one Elective from ANIM 418, ANIM 422

E

3

  TOTAL  

12

*ANIM 418= Animal Health and Physiology (3 credits), ANIM 422= Anatomy of Digestive Physiology (3 credits)
 

 

 

 

AQUACULTURE SPECIALISATION
 

FIRST SEMESTER

ANIM 410 Research Project

C

3

 
AGRC 401 Entrepreneurial Skills

C

3

 
ANIM 413 Biometry

C

3

 
FISH 411 Introductory Fisheries Taxonomy

C

2

 
FISH 415 Fisheries and Aquaculture Wildlife management

C

3

 
  *Select Two Electives from FISH 315, FISH 323, OCNO 329

E

4

 
  TOTAL  

18

 
* FISH 315=Fish Microbiology(2 credits), FISH 323=Fish Diseases and Pathology (2 credits), OCNO 329=Behaviour of Aquatic Animal (2 credits)  
SECOND SEMESTER
ANIM 410 Research Project

C

3

 
AGRC 422 Introductory Agroforestry

C

3

 
AGEX 402 Management of Development Organisations

C

3

 
FISH 412 Aquaculture Engineering and Practice

C

3

 
FISH 414 Fish Processing and utilization

C

3

 
  *Select One from FISH 422 or OCNO 324

E

2 or 3

 
  TOTAL  

17 or 18

 
*FISH 422=Fish Chemistry and Toxicology (2 credits), OCNO 324 = Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation (3 credits)
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry


For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two of Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Further Mathematics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.
In addition, applicants must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), and at least C in a science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Aquaculture range from self-employment to public, private and educational sectors. An Aquaculture graduate may work directly in a farm that breeds fish for local consumption or export; and Aquaculture related services in hatcheries, construction, processing and marketing.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $352
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,999

Lecturers

Anna R. Barnes [BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc (Cornell), FGSAP]
Associate Professor
arbarnes@ug.edu.gh

Benjamin K. Ahunu [BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc (Brit Col) PhD (Alberta), FGSAP]
Professor
ahunubk@ug.edu.gh

Boniface B. Kayang (BSc (Agric) MPhil (Ghana) PhD (Gifu))
Associate Professor (Head of Department)
bbkayang@ug.edu.gh

Frederick Y. Obese [BSc. (Agric), MSc (Kumasi), PhD (Melbourne)]
Senior Lecturer
fyobese@ug.edu.gh / fyobese@yahoo.com.

Gertrude S. Aboagye [BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc (Guelph), FGSAP]
Associate Professor Part-Time
gsaboagye@ug.edu.gh

James E. Futse [BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc, PhD (Washington State)]
Senior Lecturer
jefutse@ug.edu.gh

Raphael A. Ayizanga (Bsc, MPhil (Ghana))
Lecturer
rayizanga@ug.edu.gh

Richard Osei-Amponsah [BSc (Agric) MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]
Lecturer
rosei-amponsah@ug.edu.gh / rich12668@yahoo.co.uk

Samuel Ohene-Adjei
Visiting Scholar
sohene-adjei@ug.edu.gh

Thomas N.N. Nortey [BSc (Agric) (Ksi) MSc (Wageningen), PhD. (Sask)]
Lecturer
tnortey@ug.edu.gh / thomas.nortey@yahoo.ca

Relevant Contact

 
School of Agriculture
Responsible for admission inquiries