Interdisciplinary Studies in AQUATIC RESOURCES

WATER .. from the past and into the future!

The Aquatic Resources Program [AR] uses an interdisciplinary approach - combining natural and social science perspectives - to motivate student engagement and foster understanding of important water resource issues, how water permeates our lives, shapes our world and sustains living organisms.  

AR students develop a keen understanding of topics that impact our planet, such as water resource and access issues, resource privatization, conservation, fisheries|food procurement, indigenous rights, climate change, desertification, environmental stewardship, policy development, energy production, aquaculture and other food production techniques and industries, among others.  AR students are well-positioned to understand global resources issues, especially those involving water that occur between countries, cultures, cities and rural communities, and between regions within countries.

Students majoring in Aquatic Resources may complete a BACHELOR of ARTS or a BACHELOR of SCIENCE degree. The AR Program offers a core set of courses, only available to AR major students - AQUA 100, 201, 202, 325, 400 and 450 - that provide a broad background in water-related topics ranging from freshwater and marine ecosystem resource management to environmental policy development, the challenge of a changing climate, with all that implies, and opportunities to delve into topics of specific individual interest.

Key to the success of AR students is experiental learning.  AR students participate in a variety of field trips, interact with guest speakers, network at local and international conferences, participate in academic exchanges and service learning trips, and they each complete a required work term that provides an opportunity to 'test' possible career options while gaining valuable experience.


The Aquatic Resources Program consists of 7 participating departments at StFX:

Anthropology                             Biology

Economics                                 Earth Sciences

Political Science                        Mathematics & Statistics


Quick Links

                   AR Program Planning sheets  [your degree on one page]

                   Declaration of Major forms: BA or BSc  [2nd year students]