Bachelor of Science in Marine Fisheries and Animal Science

The consumption of animal products is strongly increasing worldwide. Young, creative experts in animal production sciences are in great demand to support the intensification of animal production while maintaining high product quality, public health and environmental sustainability. The Bachelor program in Marine Fisheries and Animal Science encourages students to excel in a wide range of animal science specializations that are highly relevant to food security in arid lands. Students are provided with up-to-date theoretical information, and receive intensive practical training in well-equipped laboratories, on our experimental stations, and through internship opportunities. Graduates of this program are ready to build their careers in, e.g. aquaculture, fisheries management, poultry and domestic livestock production, or in the sport animal business.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with fundamental scientific knowledge on production and protection of domestic animals and fish in the arid environment.
  • Develop student’s skills to produce a wide range of animal products in a resource-efficient manner in arid environments.
  • Enhance student’s ability to sustain natural resources of the country and the region, and improve the quality of the environment.
  • Provide students with important and new agricultural knowledge related to the UAE and the Arab world.
  • Develop student’s awareness of using modern scientific methods and technology transfer.
  • Develop student’s professional skills and ethics, and foster positive attitudes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic concepts of animal production and marine fisheries.
  • Explain the basic characteristics of domestic animals and their husbandry in the arid environments.
  • Explain populations of marine animals, and develop concepts for their sustainable use for food production.
  • Employ technical skills for sustainably managing natural resources in fisheries and agricultural projects.
  • Utilize and improve animal breeds with particular tolerance to stresses prevailing in arid environments.
  • Manage livestock in intensive and extensive production systems.
  • Improve and conserve germplasm through modern breeding technologies.
  • Apply sustainable agricultural principles and safe environmental practices.
  • Minimize the negative impact of fisheries and animal production on the environment.
  • Maintain and protect native farm animal genotypes along with knowledge on traditional production systems, as cultural heritage and valuable source of information and genetic diversity.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the animal production and fisheries sector in the UAE and the Arab world.
  • Discuss the similarity and integration of the Arab World in terms of the environment and natural resources.
  • Conduct research using appropriate statistical methods for data analysis.
  • Utilize library and research skills for organizing and applying information for decision making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about design, execute, and evaluate technology transfer programs.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for leadership roles, team work, and scientific rational discussion.
  • Respect and value the living resources that serve our food production, and employ appropriate ethical standards to animal production systems and research approaches.
  • Think critically, creatively and employ appropriate ethical standards to animal production systems and research approaches
  • Engage in life-long learning.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU106Introduction to Academic English For Food & Agriculture3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
PHYS105General Physics I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG485Senior Project  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major


Marine Fisheries and Animal Science

Required Courses (48.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
ARAG230Principles of Fisheries Management3.000
ARAG310Agricultural Technology Transfer3.000
ARAG314Animal Breeding & Biotechnology3.000
ARAG316Animal Nutrition3.000
ARAG319Anatomy & Physiology of Animals3.000
ARAG335Production Medicine3.000
ARAG434Reproductive Physiology3.000
ARAG440Seminar in Animal Science1.000
BIOL210Animal Biology3.000
BIOL270General Genetics2.000
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
CHEM282Organic Chemistry for Non-Majors3.000
CHEM283Biochemistry for Non-Majors3.000
STAT235Statistics for Biology3.000


Crop Production and Organic Farming

Elective Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB352Agribusiness Management & Entrepreneurship3.000
ARAG323Post-Harvest Physiology of Plant and Animal Systems 3.000
ARAG329Organic Animal Production3.000
ARAG450Advanced Animal Nutrition3.000
ARAG459Issues in Animal Protein Production3.000


Marine Fisheries Track

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG325Fisheries Management and Conservation3.000
ARAG424Fish Breeding and Propagation3.000
ARAG425Shellfish and Molluscan Aquaculture3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG426Aquatic Ecology3.000
ARAG428Animal Welfare3.000
ARAG430Fisheries Stock Assessment3.000
ARAG433Fish Nutrition3.000
ARAG457Issues in Animal Protein Production2.000
BIOC230General Microbiology3.000
FDSC319Food packaging3.000


Animal Science Track

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG318Camel Management3.000
ARAG322Introductory Poultry Production 3.000
ARAG432Sheep and Goat Production3.000
ARAG435Egg Production3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG304Range and Pasture Management3.000
ARAG339Management of Sport Animals3.000
ARAG423Dairy Cattle Management3.000
ARAG428Animal Welfare3.000
ARAG436Poultry Meat Production3.000
BIOC230General Microbiology3.000

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours