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 UW-Stevens Point Aquaponics Education- Hands on & Applied Learning Experience

UW-Stevens Point continues to be the only accredited university in the nation to offer semester-long college aquaponics courses and is also the only higher education institution in Wisconsin with an aquaculture minor and professional aquaponics certificate program


Aquaponics Credit Courses

  • Introduction to Aquaponics (2cr.)
  • Techniques in Aquaponics (1cr.)

Two college courses are available through online lectures & discussions (2cr.) and in-person lab sessions (1 cr.). The courses cover basic or advanced concepts in biological system designs, production techniques, and methods for the integrated science of aquaponics.  The courses teach foundational and applied knowledge of aquaponics food production, water chemistry, crop selection, good agriculture and best management practices, and economics & marketing.

Professional Aquaponics Certificate

A Culmination of a Series of Courses in the Field of Aquaponics

The Aquaponic Certificate is awarded upon successful culmination of a series of courses that center on professional and scientific competence and proficiency in the field of aquaponics.  Valued by hobbyists, home food producers, farmer’s market growers, educators, social organizers and commercial producers, it substantiates your expertise in aquaponics to address a broad range of production and application issues.  Program participants will acquire abilities to scientifically understand the roles of water, bacteria, plants and fish in a sustainable, integrated, controlled environment, food production system.  

Some courses may be taken at other accredited universities with completed credits transferred to UWSP. 

Aquaponics Master Class

A Continuing Education 3-Day Workshop

The Aquaponics Master Class is a 3-day comprehensive workshop offered by Nelson and Pade, Inc. ® that covers all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.  In partnership with UW-Stevens Point, 1-college credit or continuing education units (CEU) are available for those that complete this workshop. Students will see and have full access to both commercial and home food production systems as well as the support equipment required to successfully operate an aquaponic system year 'round in any climate. For university credit, a separate registration and tuition is required.

Aquaponics Internships

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Interns at the UWSP AIC gain the hands on experience and applied research necessary to be successful in the aqua-business industry. Daily activities include system maintenance, quantitative fish, plant, and water chemistry measurements, establishing sound biosecurity measures, conducting short term applied research experiments for best management practices, data analysis and extension of research.

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