Education

HORT 4601 –  Aquaponics: Integrated fish and plant food systems

New to the University of Minnesota is a high-impact experiential and interdisciplinary undergraduate course offered Spring semesters focusing on aquaponics. Students are encouraged to blend the knowledge from  multiple disciplines in the questions they ask and the projects they take on. As a high-impact experiential course, students will be expected to take initiative, teach each other, and work across the classroom, lab and community learning environments.

2015 Student research projects

Class Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and solve problems associated with many aspects of aquaponics production (operations, economics, policy, communication).
  2. Critically evaluate aquaponics information from diverse sources in order to enhance integrated practice (research, management, policy).
  3. Effectively and economically produce aquaponics products, understand regulations, manipulate and control environmental factors for plant/fish growth, and integrate social/cultural aspects across the distribution chain.
  4. Understand and be sensitive to the juxtaposition of unique contributions from diverse knowledge systems with distinct values in relation to aquaponics.
  5. Learn through aquaponics experiences, create a foundation for producing applied research to outreach outcomes, enhance your ability to express findings and societal deliberation in written and oral formats.
  6. Deliberate and work with aquaponics practitioners and the broader community to identify shared values and address societal problems.