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BSc (Hons) Aquatic Science

Intakes
January, May and September
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time
Approval Code
R/620/6/0002; 10/2024
Accreditation Code
MQA/FA4099


Overview

Water covers more than 70% of the earth's surface. It is home to millions of aquatic species. And most importantly, it sustains human life. An invaluable resource must be managed responsibly and this programme was launched on this very basis. Addressing crucial issues in the aquatic ecosystem..., the programme equips students with the know-how to develop solutions for an ever-changing planet.

You can look forward to developing a solid foundation in the basic sciences such as – analytical chemistry, microbiology, structural chemistry and statistics before delving into the intensive study of environmental monitoring and assessment, aquatic biodiversity and taxonomy, principles in aquatic pollution and toxicology, among many others. You will also enjoy two different avenues of specialisation in your final year where you will opt for Aquatic Health and Management or Seafood Processing and Safety. Research is also an important component of the programme and you will have the opportunity to focus on ecosystem-based management, natural resources management, sustainable aquaculture, as well as impact of modernisation on natural ecosystems

Define yourself at UCSI and keep the world's most vital resource flowing.

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* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2020. (Source: ge.mohe.gov.my/)

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

UCSI Foundation in Science or equivalent in Malaysia

Minimum CGPA 2.00

​National Matriculation

Minimum CGPA 2.80, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
STPM

Minimum CGPA 2.00, inclusive of Grade Cs in:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
UEC

Minimum Grade B in five (5) subjects, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
A-levels

Minimum Grade E in any two (2) of these subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Australian High/Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) - SAM/AUSMAT/ SACE/ TEE/ NTCE/WACE

Minimum ATAR 60% or minimum 60% average five (5) subjects inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Canadian Grade 12 – CPU/CIMP

Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum score of 26/42 from six (6) subjects, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Diploma/Advanced Diploma in related field

Minimum CGPA 2.00, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Other qualifications recognized by the Malaysian government

Admission: Case by case basis

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM – Credit (A+ – C)
UEC – Credit (A1 – B6)
O-Level – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
WAEC – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
STPM – min. Principal – ‘C’ grade (GPA 2.00)
A-Level – min. Principal – ‘E’ grade (GPA 2.00)
SAM/CPU – min. Pass – 50%

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
SPM
B+
SPM Eng 1119/ O-Level English/ IGCSE
C
UEC English Language
A2

  • In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.
For International Students
IELTS
Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
154
TOEFL IBT
42
Pearson Test of English
47
MUET
Band 3

  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test. Exemptions from the University English Language requirements can be granted if the following corresponding requirements are fulfilled: i. Internal transfer applicants who have already fulfilled the University English Language requirements. ii. Applicants who have an academic qualification from a higher learning institution which uses the English Language as a medium of instruction. The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirements may be advised by the Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.

Courses Offered

Year 1
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 1
  • University Life
  • Chemistry 2
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Co-Operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Business Communication
  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Aquatic Biodiversity and Taxonomy
  • Entrepreneurship for Applied Science
  • Statistics and its Applications
  • Aquaculture Operation and System
  • Current Topics in Aquatic Science
  • Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology
  • Research Methodology, Safety and Ethics
  • Co-Operative Placement 2

MPU (select one)

  • Malaysian Experiential Tourism
  • Malaysian Ethnic Food
  • Business Law – Malaysian Perspective
Year 3

Aquatic Health and Management

  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience3
  • Aquatic Science Research Project 1
  •  Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources
  •  Molecular Cell Biology
  •  Recombinant Technology
  •  Aquatic Science Research Project 2
  •  Water and Wastewater Engineering
  •  Tools for Aquatic Resource Management
  •  Aquatic Diseases and Diagnostics
  •  Aquatic Science Research Project 3
  •  Co-Operative Placement 3

Free elective (select 2)

  •  Strategic Management
  •  Seafood Industry
  •  Introduction to Internet Technologies
  •  Operation Management (Choose either Aquatic Health and Management or Seafood Processing and Safety)

Seafood Processing and Safety

  •  Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3
  •  Aquatic Science Research Project 1
  •  Halal and Food Legislation
  •  Food Chemistry
  •  Food Microbiology
  •  Aquatic Science Research Project 2
  •  Seafood Industry
  •  Food Processing and Packaging
  •  Food Safety and Quality Systems
  •  Product Development and Sensory Evaluation
  •  Aquatic Science Research Project 3
  •  Co-Operative Placement 3

Free elective (select 2)

  •  Strategic Management
  •  Introductory Accounting
  •  Internet in Practice
  •  Operation Management

Career Opportunities

Researchers

Often called marine biologists, aquatic biologists or aquatic ecologists, researchers study the creatures found in aquatic environments. They usually spend their time teaching, gathering data, and conducting experiments.

Biotechnologists

Use marine organisms to develop human medicines and other health aids.

Environmental Planners

These professionals work with governments, as well as builders and other private companies to ensure that development does not encroach on fragile aquatic and wetland environments.

Aquarists

They maintain exhibits at large public aquariums, while also teaching their colleagues and other interested people about aquariums and aquatic exhibits.

Veterinarians

They help doctors take care of animals, and some of them specialise in the care of fish and other aquatic animals.

Fish and Game Warden

They monitor wilderness areas, manage native species, and ensure that hunters and fishermen comply with state and federal laws (as well as any additional local regulations).

Aquaculture Farmer

They raise fish and shellfish for a variety of uses such as food, bait, or breeding stock. Basic animal care, water quality maintenance, and personnel management duties may be a part of an aquaculture farmer’s responsibilities (both technician and management positions are available in the aquaculture industry).

Food Scientists/Quality Control Inspectors

ensure that products (seafood) meet standards of quality and safety.

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 90,520

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 102,620

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