WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Science
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biological Sciences
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Fisheries Science is the body of knowledge that scientifically studies the utilisation, management and conservation of aquatic plants and animals. As a multidisciplinary science, it draws on the knowledge and principles of interrelated fields like biology, ecology, Marine Science, statistics, genetics, economics, policy and administration and law. At present, the socio-economic conditions of many communities that depend on fisheries are worsening. These challenges have caused a rethink of traditional fish management practice in many places. Fisheries Science is therefore of critical importance in understanding and addressing the challenges facing the fish industry; including harvesting, processing, marketing, management and conservation of fishery. Areas where Fishery Science is applied include: species/habitat evaluation, life history & state of fish stock, monitoring and evaluation of commercial, recreational and aquaculture fisheries resources. The available options in the programme are: B.Sc Fisheries Science (Single Major); B.Sc Marine Science (Single Major); B.Sc. Fisheries Science (Major-Minor) and BSc. Marine Science (Major-Minor).

Fisheries Science is an ever changing field. It has diversified to include other aquatic plants and animals and it is likely this trend will continue. The impacts of fishery on sea birds, rare fish, habitats and ecosystems; together with their social and economic knock-on effects are all considered under Fishery Science. However, the concern of many Fish Scientists and other stakeholders in fishery is to provide the science to address the unresolved questions bothering on sustainable management and conservation. In this regard, Fish Scientists are providing critical information that factor ecological, economic, social and political considerations of the fishery sector for appropriate actions. Such evidence-based information is important for sound decision- making especially by legislators, managers and political actors.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to: • Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of fishery science, with a particular emphasis on the biology, assessment and management of fishery and other aquatic plants and animals. • Be familiar with the scientific tools of data collection in fisheries science • Demonstrate competence in compiling and reporting of fishery data. • Be able to study and interpret policies related to fishery resources utilisation, management and conservation. • Demonstrate awareness in the sustainable use of fishery resources and notable interventions to address fishery challenges.


LEVEL 100 (First Year)



Code Title Credits
UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning 3
ABCS 101 Introductory Animal Biology 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 105 Practical Physics 1
PHYS 143 Mechanics and Thermal Physics 2
MATH 101 General Mathematics 3
Total   16



Code Title Credits
UGRC 110 Academic Writing I 3
UGRC 130 Understanding Human Society 3
BOTN 104 Growth of Flowering Plants 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 106 Practical Physics II 1
PHYS 144 Electricity and Magnetism 2
Total   16




Code Title Credits
UGRC 210 Academic Writing II 3
MASC 201 Introductory  Oceanography 3
MASC 203 Aquatic Ecology 3
FISH 201 Introduction to Fisheries Science 3
FISH 203 Introduction to Limnology 3
Total   15



Code Title Credits
UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies 3
MASC 202 Marine Resources and Man 2
MASC 204 Oceanography and Fisheries Practical I 2
FISH 202 Principles of Aquaculture 3
Total   10






Code Title Credits
FISH 313 Introduction to Aquaculture 3
FISH 317 Introductory Research Methods 3
FISH 321 Ichthyology 2
FISH 327 Fisheries Practical I 2
Total   10
Electives (Select 6-8 credits)
FISH 315 Fish Microbiology 2
FISH 323 Fish Disease and Pathology 2
FISH 325 Marine Fisheries 3
FISH 329 Fish and Fisheries of West Africa 2



Code Title Credits
FISH 312 Fish Physiology 2
FISH 326 Fisheries Field Course 4
FISH 328 Fisheries Practical II 2
FISH 332 Industrial internship 2
Total   10
Electives (Select 5-7 credits)
FISH 314 Principles of Fisheries Management 2
FISH 316 Fishing Technology 2
FISH 318 Inland Fisheries 3






Code Title Credits
FISH 400 Project 3
FISH 411 Introductory Fisheries Taxonomy 2
FISH 417 Fisheries Data Management 2
FISH 427 Fisheries Practical III 2
Total   9
Electives (Select 6-9 credits)
FISH 415 Fisheries and Aquatic Wildlife Management 3
FISH 421 Fisheries and Higher Vertebrate Interactions 2
MASC  423 Coastal Management 3
FISH 425 Fish Stock Assessment 2
FISH 429 Fisheries Economics 2
MASC 441 Global Climate Change and the Marine and Coastal Environment 2



Code Title Credits
FISH 400 Project 3
FISH 412 Aquaculture  Engineering and Practice 3
FISH 428 Fisheries Practical IV 2
Total   8
Electives (Select 7 credits)
FISH 414 Fish Processing and Utilization 3
FISH 418 Current Research in Fisheries 2
FISH 422 Fish Chemistry and Toxicology 2
FISH 424 Fisheries Trade and Marketing 2
FISH 426 Fisheries Governance and Institutional Framework 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology 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 subject. At least one of which should be Biology, Further Mathematics or Physics.

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 Biology, and either Mathematics or Physics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (SL) and at least C the IGCSE or equivalent.

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

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.

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.

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

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

There are numerous career opportunities in Fisheries. Besides advanced studies, job opportunities include:
• Feed Mill Manufacturing
• Fish Breeding
• Fish Export Marketing
• Fish Farming
• Fish Processing & Production
• Hatchery Management
• Marine Biologist/Scientist
• Ornamental Fish Culture & Breeding
• Research & Development

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945


Angela M. Lamptey [Bsc., M.Phil, PhD (Ghana)]

Ayaa K. Armah [BSc, (Ghana) PGD, (Halifax) PGD, (Bremen) MSc, (Ghana) MSc, (Newcastle)]
Senior Lecturer (Contract)

Benjamin O. Botwe [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Dzidzornnu K. Atsu [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Edem Mahu [BSc., PhD (Ghana)]

Elvis Nyarko [BSc, (Ghana) MSc, MPhil (Newcastle) PhD, (Japan)]
Associate Professor

Emmanuel Lamptey [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Eunice K. Asamoah [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]
Assistant Lecturer

Francis K. E. Nunoo [BSc, (Ghana) PGD, (Bremen) MSc/MPhil, (Newcastle) PhD, (Ghana)]
Associate Professor

George Wiafe [BSc PhD (Ghana) PGD (Halifax) MPhil (Newcastle)]
Associate Professor

Kwasi Appeaning-Addo [BSc, MPhil (KNUST), PhD (Newcastle)]
Associate Professor

Patrick K. Ofori-Danson [BSc, (Ed) MSc, PhD (Ghana)]
Associate Professor (Contract)

Samuel Addo [BSc MPhil (Ghana) PhD (Auburn)]
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)

Selorm D. Ababio [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Relevant Contact

Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences
Responsible for admission inquiries
Kwasi Appeaning Addo
Head of Department