Aquatic Resources Management (ARM)

Aquatic Resources Management – B.Sc. (General) Degree Program

Duration : 3 Years

For whom?

For students from biological sciences streams who are interested in pursuing careers in Aquatic Resources Management.

Career opportunities

Sri Lanka is an island nation with a rich endemic biodiversity within aquatic environments and abundant resources in fisheries. In spite of the advent of the 21ot century, the wealth of our aquatic resources is relatively unknown compared to the resources available within terrestrial environments. In order to maximize the potential of our island nation in aquatic resources, it is important that a pool of talent is developed who are equipped with specialist and applied knowledge in Aquatic Resources Management. Therefore, by the provision of skilled graduates in contemporary Aquatic Resources Management, the Department of Zoology contributes towards national development through its alumni. The scope in Aquatic Resources Management is reasonably broad in its spectrum of employment opportunities with prospects of joining government ministries, private organizations, fisheries based industries, consultancy firms engaging in aquatic resources management, ornamental fish based businesses with an export orientation as well as providing opportunity for entrepreneurship.

Course overview

The subject, Aquatic Resources Management, aims to provide the all-round development of a student with specialist knowledge of aquatic environments namely fresh, brackish and marine ecosystems. The impartation of specialist knowledge in aquatic ecosystems is covered by a diverse range of topics, including Aquatic Diversity, Planning, Conservation, and Sustainable Utilization of Aquatic Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries, applications in GIS and Aquatic Modeling.

Outside of the key subject areas, students are equipped with communication and problem solving skills, team work and perseverance and leadership qualities to ensure their career readiness to secure a future within the 21st century workforce.

Course structure

Aquatic Resources Management will contribute one third of the B.Sc. (General) degree program within the framework of a permitted subject combination. Students are required to take course units equaling or exceeding a cumulative credit value of 27.0 points. Course units are classified as compulsory, core and optional course units and the course units are designed to provide the student with specialist knowledge and skills required in contemporary Aquatic Resources Management.

Aquatic Resources Management – B.Sc. (Special) Degree Program

Duration : 4 Years

Career opportunities

The career opportunities available for graduates of the Special Degree Program in Aquatic Resources Management, will be centered on academia, government ministries and agencies, consultancy firms and as well as practicing their trade as researchers in a diverse range of hierarchical positions undertaking in depth studies on contemporary research topics with the objectives of bridging gaps in knowledge and deciphering cryptic areas in Aquatic Resources Management.

Course overview

The B.Sc. (Special) Degree in Aquatic Resources Management aims to prepare a new breed of experts with marketable and transferable skills in contemporary applied Aquatic Resources Management. The programme imparts a higher level of specialist knowledge and practical training and is ideally suited for student with aspirations for graduate studies and further research training.

The core strengths of the Special Degree Program are the coverage of specialist knowledge, both in¬ depth and with a wide spectrum of horizontal topics, the provision of a higher degree of practical skills which are transferable beyond the learning environment, higher levels of analytical and communication skills and in whole, a well rounded education program suited for research endeavors or higher studies under specialist topics. The final year research project is of core significance to the Special Degree Program which advances a student’s capacity to undertake research endeavors, develops core analytical skills, expand communication, networking and language skills and to pursue careers in academia.


Selection of students for the Special Degree Programme is based on the student’s performance in the first two years of the academic program and the intake is limited to a number of10 students per year.

Instruction and assessment

The impartation of education to students enrolled in General and Special Degree programmes, will be conducted by an eminent group of lecturers, with proven track records in academia and research. The teaching environment within the Department of Zoology consists of lectures, laboratory practicals, field studies and project assignments which ensures the all-round development of students in specialist knowledge and practical training. The modes of assessment include end-of-semester examinations, practical tests, presentations and reports.

Course Units 

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For further information please contact:

Prof. M. M. Pathmalal,
Head/Department of Zoology
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