Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) - Course Overview

Duration: 4.0 yrs | Mode: Regular / Distance / Part-time| Avg. Fees: 20,000 / Year

18 courses | 17 colleges

About Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc)

Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) is a four-year undergraduate program that deals with the conservation and processing of fishes. The course is just not limited to the conservation of fishes but also imparts knowledge about catching, managing, breeding, and marketing of the fishes.

B.F.Sc. is a four-year degree course divided into eight equal semesters and can be either pursued full time (regular) or part-time or through distance learning. The course pattern may vary from institute to institute. It mainly involves the study of how the breeding between the various species take place so that one is well equipped with the fish farming and in the husbandry of other important aquatic animals in both freshwater and any other marine environment.

Candidates who wish to pursue B.F.Sc. must have a research-oriented background as it is a multidisciplinary science and involves various disciplines of aquaculture, breeding, genetics, farming, diagnosing various diseases and illness in fishes, medical treatment and others.

Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) Eligiblity Criteria

  • Minimum Marks Required: 10+2
  • Minimum Qualification Required: 50%, varies from college to college
  • Age Limit: The age limit for B.F.Sc course is minimum 17 years and maximum is 20 years.

B.F.Sc. Admission Process:

  • Admission to the B.F.Sc program is strictly on the basis of national level entrance examination.
  • Candidates need to appear in the entrance exam conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR, New Delhi for the admission in the Central Institute of Fisheries.

Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) Syllabus

First Year:

Fishery Economics

Freshwater Aquaculture

Taxonomy of Shellfish

Principles of Aquaculture

Biology of Finfish & Shellfish

Taxonomy of Finfish

Communication & Information of Technology

Limnology

Food Chemistry & Fish in Nutrition

 

Second Year:

Inland Fisheries

Marine Biology

Statistical Methods in Fisheries

Fish Nutrition

Oceanography

Aquaculture Engineering

Feed Technology

Refrigeration & Freezing Technology

Fishing Craft

Extension Education in Fisheries

Fishing Gear Technology

Fisheries Legislation

Physiology of Finfish & Shellfish

Canning & Fish Packaging Technology

Fisheries Administration

 

Third Year:

Finfish Breeding

Shellfish Breeding & Hatchery Management

Marine Fisheries

Navigation & Seamanship

Fisheries- Disaster Management

Biodiversity & Aquatic Ecology

Diseases & Management

Fish Microbiology

Fish Quality Assurance

 

Fourth Year:

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics in Fisheries

Stock Assessment

Fishery Genetics

Aquatic Pollution

Coastal Zone Management

Fish Microbiology

Hands-on Training in Fisheries ( Last Semester)

In-plant Training in Fisheries

Financing & Marketing Management in Fisheries

Career Options and Job Prospects

After completing B.FSc., it enables students to be qualified as fisheries professionals with skills to manage, breed, conserve, and develop different fisheries resources across the country for the quality fish production and food security.

Interested students can go for the M.F.Sc program or can start their own business as fish farming. They can find employment opportunities in both private and public sector as biologists, biochemists or as research assistants in State Fisheries Development Boards and State Food Departments. The average salary of graduate is between Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh.

Here’s a list of popular job types after graduation in B.FSc.

  • Farm Manager
  • Aqua Culturist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Fish Breeder/ Trader
  • Feed Mill Manager
  • Fish Export Inspector
  • Marine Biologist
  • Fisheries Technical Officer
  • Processing Manager
  • Production Manager