AQUA Program Core Courses

AQUA 100  
Introduction to Aquatic Resources: Natural Science Applications

This course explores the living and non-living characteristics that determine the nature of aquatic resource ecosystems, and examines human interaction with these resources. Case studies expose students to the natural as well as some of the social science applications of aquatic resource use, while field trips and laboratory exercises introduce the methodologies used to study these ecosystems. Lab and field trips. Six credits.

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AQUA 201  Rivers, Lakes and Freshwater Governance

This course explores the political, ecoonomic and sociological dimensions of freshwater systems.  Key concepts and frameworks are applied in both historical and contemporary settings.  Topics include power relationships, watershed politics, water democracy and alternative governmence arrangements.  Credit will be granted for only one of AQUA 201, AQUA 200, 297 or 298.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: AQUA 100.  Three credits.


AQUA 202  The Oceans' Commons and Society 

The "tragedy of the commons" has been a reoccurring concept when discussing ocean resources.  In this course students will encounter how social scientists study and understand the use of the resources in the oceans' commons.  The course will explore theoretical paradigms, governance, social class, gender, race, fishing, aquaculture, and oil and gas.  Students will gain a foundational understanding in social science approaches to issues relating to the oceans resources.  Credit will be granted for only one of AQUA 202, AQUA 200, 297 or 298. Prerequisite or co-requisite: AQUA 100.  Three credits.


AQUA 325  Aquatic Resources Field Camp

This 4-day field camp, focused on integrated watershed management, is convened during the final week of April, after the exam period has concluded. Students are based out of StFXU.  

The camp usually consists of assigned reading, laboratory and field exercises, and daily field trips to watershed sites. Students must complete the field camp prior to the beginning of either their third- or fourth-year of study. Required. No-credit. 


AQUA 400  Work Experience/Student Internship

Students will spend the equivalent of one term, ideally the summer between the junior and senior year, gaining hands-on experience in an aquatics-related work and/or volunteer setting(s). Students have worked in research labs, aquatic resource businesses, community organizations, public policy agencies, government offices, etc. Local, national and international opportunities vary, but may be considered by students. To focus the applied learning experience, students submit monthly reports and complete a final report on their experiences. Students are also tasked to identify a StFX faculty advisor and begin defining a senior research topic - for AQUA 450 - prior to and during their work term experience. Prerequisite: AQUA 200, 297 and 298, or 201 and 202. Three credits.

AQUA 450  Senior Seminar in Aquatic Resources

This seminar represents the capstone for students completing their aquatic resources major. Each year the seminar considers an important interdisciplinary theme in the aquatics field, such as tidal power, aquaculture, oil and gas pipeline approval processes, off shore oil and gas exploration, north Atlanic Right Whales, and more. Students will continue developing their senior projects and present the results of their senior research to the class in a talk, prepare a poster for display at StFX Student Research Day, and submit a major research paper to their academic advisors.  Visits by AQUA guest speakers are coordinated with seminar work. Co-requisite: AQUA 400. Three credits.