The Aquaculture Course of the UFMG started in 2009, the first in the southeast of Brazil. It trains professionals with knowledge about the production chain of water organisms, covering areas such as biology and physiology of species of economic value, production methods, sanitary control and processing of food for human consumption and aquatic organisms. The course also provides elements of economics, marketing and planning, enabling the fish farmer to carry out the economic and sustainable development of water species.
Divided into 10 semesters (5 years) the course receives about 50 students – 25 per semester - through a single university entrance exam. The lessons are taught mornings and afternoons.
The classes are held at the School of Veterinary Science and in several other UFMG centers, such as the Geosciences Institute (IGC), the School of Engineering, the Institute of Biological Sciences (ICB) and the Institute of Exact Sciences (ICEx), as well as courses taught in a virtual environment.