In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of B.F.Sc. (Fisheries Science) course. B.F.Sc. stands for Bachelor of Fisheries Science. It is a job oriented course that offers numerous job opportunities in Government as well as Private sector. Also, if students are passionate about entrepreneurship, they may become self employed and start own Fisheries related business also. In this article, you will find information such as- basic course details, course duration, eligibility criteria, important subjects present, courses to do after B.F.Sc., scope and job opportunities.
Students who are interested in aquatic life and want a career focusing on the same field may pursue this course. Since this is not a very popular course among the students, it is relatively less saturated. Finding decent jobs after Graduation won’t be a problem for B.F.Sc. Graduates.
Let us take a look at the basic course details and course duration-
B.F.Sc.- Basic course details
It is a 4 years long Undergraduate Level program. The 4 years’ duration is divided into 8 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. During each semester, a student will have to face separate sets of theoretical subjects as well as practical sessions.
B.F.Sc. course focuses on the fishing sector. It focuses on various areas of the fishing sector. For example, it uses Biology and Physical Science concepts to study fish, their ecosystem, their food habits, diseases occurring in them and breeding fish etc. Also, scientific concepts are used in stages like catching, processing, packing fish and fish products, preserving them and later transporting them to other places. The B.F.Sc. program even focuses on legal aspects related to the fishing industry as well as marketing aspects too!
To get a better idea about the course structure, let us take a look at some of the important subjects present in the B.F.Sc. course.
B.F.Sc.- Important subjects present
Note that I’ve mentioned only the very important subjects only. The aim of this section is to give the readers an idea about what the course structure is like.
- Communication Skills
- Safety and First Aid
- Taxonomy of Fishes
- Water and Soil Chemistry
- Basics of Computer Science
- Principles of Aquaculture
- Environmental Science
- Aquatic Science
- Aquatic Ecosystem and Biodiversity
- Refrigeration Engineering
- Taxonomy of Shellfish
- Physiology of Finfish and Shellfish
- Biology of Finfish and Shellfish
- Anatomy of Finfish and Shellfish
- Biological Oceanography
- Inland Capture Fisheries
- Fish Endocrinology
- Water Body Navigation
- Chemical Oceanography
- Hatchery Management
- Shellfish Breeding
- Shellfish Hatchery Management
- Biochemistry of Fishes
- Marine Capture Fisheries
- Food Chemistry and Nutrition
- Refrigeration and Freezing Technology
- Feed Technology
- Stock Assessment
- Fish Genetics and Biotechnology
- Common Fish Diseases
- Water Pollution
- Ornamental Fishes
- Fishing Technology
- Legal Aspects and Laws
- Canning and Packing Technology
- Marketing and Promotion
- Project and Plant Management
- Processing Technology
- Quality Control and Assurance
- Management skills
Apart from the above mentioned theoretical subjects, practical sessions and hands on experience is also an integral part of B.F.Sc. course. In the last semester, hands on work experience through Industrial training and Study tour are also provided.
10+2 Science stream students with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects, who have passed 12th standard board examination from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course. Also, to take part in the admission process, students must have appeared for state level entrance examination also.
Courses to do after B.F.Sc.
The best PG course available for B.F.Sc. Graduates is M.F.Sc.– Master of Fisheries Science. Using this PG course, Graduates may specialize in various sub branches and disciplines within Fisheries Science field!
Another option available in front of B.F.Sc. Graduates is M.B.A. program. This program will help Graduates obtain management skills and will thus help them improve their qualifications.
Scope, Salary and Job opportunities
Number of job opportunities are available for B.F.Sc. Graduates in the Government as well as Private sector. Talking about Government sector, the prime recruiters are- Fisheries Development Boards (State wise), Food Department (State wise) and Banks etc.
The Private sector offers much more job opportunities. B.F.Sc. Graduates usually get hired by Food Processing and Technology sector, Fish Breeding farms large and medium in size, Aquariums etc. Average starting salary in case of Graduates is between 2-4 Lakh Rupees per year.
If one has entrepreneurship skills, one may even start up one’s own fish breeding or processing enterprise. Slowly, one may grow on and even export the product to other countries!