FAQ – Aquarium Science
What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?
The Aquarium Science course is specifically taught via hands on experiences. The laboratory classes are not staged events, but instead the student works at a real marine aquarium and is responsible for solving all of the associated challenges required in maintaining this student run lab.
What will I do in courses at Central Campus?
In Aquarium Science the students will learn about the science and technology required to maintain and grow marine organisms in captivity in the lecture portion. The lab block is when the students apply and practice the techniques learned in their lecture block. Students run the entire lab from feeding the fishes to doing the water changes.
What are the course requirements for enrollment?
Aquarium Science requires the student to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. The student must have also demonstrated excellent attendance in the past. Unexcused absences are unacceptable because of the ethical responsibility the students have to care for the animals in their charge throughout the semesters.
There are no specific course prerequisites, but a background or strong interest in Biology and other similar courses will be beneficial.
How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?
Aquarium Science requires the student to be signed up for a Lab block and a Lecture block, therefore 2 blocks per semester.
What careers will this program prepare me for?
Aquarium Science prepares students for all ranges of careers. A student could enter all levels of the pet industry or other commercial ventures such as owning an aquarium maintenance business. This course would also prepare students for careers as a professional aquarist at a public aquarium and careers in aquaculture, fisheries management, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, and many more.
What type of credit can I earn?
Elective high school credits towards graduation and DMACC college credits
Are field trips and study tours available?
Field trips to industry sites are an optional part of this course. Typically in the past there have been annual field trips behind the scenes at Blank Park Zoo, Omaha Zoo, and Shedd’s Aquarium in Chicago. In the past students have also been offered the opportunity to participate in the 9 to 10 day long Marine Biology Field Ecology Trip in the spring. The Field Ecology Trips in the past have been to places like the Florida Keys, Bahamas, California, and the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, TX.
Are there internships or jobs available through this program?
Students have been hired by local pet stores and have been selected for internships at public aquariums based on the coursework they have completed through the Aquarium Science program.