University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Applied Urban Aquaculture
Undergraduate Certificate

juveniles yp Urban aquaculture techniques developed at UWM School of Freshwater Sciences promote the use of integrated, organic fish and vegetable production systems that utilize green technology, water reuse, zero effluent discharge, and energy conservation.

Learn concepts, apply methods, and develop solutions:

  • Monitor water chemistry and microbial activity
  • Perform harvesting and husbandry techniques
  • Identify and diagnose pathogens and diseases
  • Operate and oversee life support and recirculating aquaculture systems
  • Create and implement aquaculture operating procedures

How to Apply


The Certificate in Applied Urban Aquaculture is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. To be admitted to the university as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Students who are not currently enrolled and have not applied to UW-Milwaukee in the past need to fill out an online application and pay the $44 application fee.

All applicants must submit transcripts that provide evidence of the following required coursework (or equivalent) prior to admission:

  • Chemistry 104:General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
  • Biology 152: Foundations of Biological Sciences II
  • Math 116: College Algebra
  • BioSci 101: General Survey of Microbiology OR BioSci 383: General Microbiology

To Declare

To formally declare your intent to pursue the Certificate in Applied Urban Aquaculture, you will need to complete the Declaration Form and make an appointment with the certificate coordinator, Dr. Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet,

Requirements for Completion

Students must complete 15 credits (5 courses) with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Courses for this certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

  • FRSHWTR 511: Ichthyology
  • FRSHWTR 562: Principles of Aquaculture Systems
  • FRSHWTR 563: Finfish Aquaculture & Nutrition Principles
  • FRSHWTR 564: Aquaculture Water Chemistry and Microbiology
  • FRSHWTR 565: Fish Health
Credits earned at other accredited institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Advisory Committee. This information should be included on the Declaration Form for approval when you apply to the certificate program.