Fishing boat docked at covered pier building in Boston Harbor is on the landing page for UMass Boston's aquaculture program. (photo credit Emily Moothart)

Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Certificate (online)

Why Declare a Certificate in Sustainable Marine Aquaculture?

An academic certificate, whether credit-bearing or non-credit bearing, is a professional certificate of competency in a particular area of technical skill and workforce need. Like an academic minor it is designed to complement or augment your knowledge and demonstrate additional unique skills and competencies. 

Aquaculture, also known as fish or shellfish farming, is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae, and other organisms in all aquatic environments. The fast-growing aquaculture industry will face many challenges over the next few years to be sustainable. By taking online courses in UMass Boston's aquaculture program, you’ll be prepared to successfully address these key issues and meet future growth.


Who Is This Program For?

If you’re trying to break into the growing and rapidly expanding aquaculture industry, you’re already working in the field, or you are a student looking to add additional expertise to your résumé, sign up to take a course or to declare the certificate program. We offer courses and certificates for academic credit and for continuing education credits. Taking an aquaculture class could also help you secure an internship working outdoors and on the oceans.

All courses in UMass Boston's Sustainable Marine Aquaculture program are open to the UMass Boston community as well as students from other universities and the public. Our goal is to provide a flexible and accessible introduction to this emerging field and so offer a variety of options to suit your individual needs.


What You Will Take

The for-credit online SMA undergraduate certificate is primarily for current UMass Boston students, students enrolled at other US colleges and universities, and students from around the world who seek a US education.  Students take 4 courses (12 credits) that provide opportunities for them to explore many aspects in the field.

Credit - Bearing Certificate Requirements (12 credits)

  • ENVSCI 114
  • ENVSCI 124
  • ENVSCI 134

Choose one from: ENVSCI 122, ENVSTY 101, or ENVSCI 105


Our non credit certification in this field enables individuals to quickly gain basic knowledge for entry into the workforce.  It also provides professional development options for individuals seeking  to change positions, retrain for a new career, and, especially for international workforce development, to obtain US institution credentials in a rapidly growing sector of the global economy.

Non-Credit Bearing Certificate Requirements

USEA-NC 114 Introduction to Sustainable Marine Aquaculture
USEA-NC 124 Aquaculture Production
USEA-NC 134 The Business of Aquaculture


How Do I Declare a Certificate in Sustainable Marine Aquaculture?

Current UMass Boston students interested in declaring the credit-bearing certificate in sustainable marine aquaculture should use the Undergraduate Program Add/Change (Change of Major/Minor/College) on this page

If you are not a current UMass Boston student and wish to pursue the credit-bearing certificate in sustainable marine aquaculture you may register for classes with the must be emailed to

Current students and non-students may register for the non-credit bearing certificate by contacting the aquaculture program coordinator, Jennifer Bender (1.617.287.7440;

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If you have any questions about the courses, or credit and non-credit bearing options, or you want to learn more about the program, contact Jennifer Bender (; 617.287.7440).