Certificate in Algae Cultivation

The basic science and technology of algae cultivation. This certificate provides students with the skills required to work in the algae cultivation (algaculture) industry or create their own algaculture business. Students will learn the controlled environment requirements for successful cultivation of various algae species. The program emphasizes training in algal cultivation technologies, including algaculture extension training. Knowledge acquired will prepare students for jobs as Greenhouse/Agricultural Workers, Plant Technicians, Plant Managers, Laboratory Technicians, Sales Managers, Public Relations and Outreach, Process Coordinators, Extension service and/or Business Owners/Managers.

Students can earn the following degree related to this certificate:
A.A.S. Controlled Environment Agriculture

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Create and maintain a safe working environment
  • Design, install, maintain and operate sustainable algaculture systems
  • Identify wasteful practices and recommend sustainable alternatives
  • Measure and describe energy and its relationship to sustainable systems.
  • Articulate the principles of entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable small business

Class Requirements

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (32 HRS. MIN.)

ALTF 161 Introduction to Algae Cultivation (3)

ALTF 261 Advanced Algae Cultivation (3)

ALTF 262 Algae Harvesting (3)

ALTF 268 Algae Capstone (1-3)[or]

ALTF 298 Biofuels Internship (1-3)

BLDG 111 Construction Safety (3)

ENVR 112 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technologies (3)

GRHS 121 Greenhouse Operation and Management (4)

HRMG 118 Sanitation and Safety (2)

PLMB 141 Pumps and Motors (2)

WATR 160 Applied Chemistry for Water Treatment Operators (4)

WATR 166 Microbiology for Water Treatment Operators (4)

First Year Student Success (3 hr.) If required

STEM 111 Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (3)

TOTAL 33 CREDITS MIN.

Fall Semester (15 hours)
Course Title Part of term
BLDG 111 Construction Safety (3) 16 weeks
ALTF 161 Intro to Algae Cultivation (3) S 16 weeks
PLMB 141 Pumps and Motors (2) 1st 8 weeks
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry (3) AND 16 weeks
CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)  OR 16 weeks
WATR 160 Applied Chemistry for Water Treatment Operators (4) 16 weeks
ENVR 112 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technologies (3) S 1st 8 weeks
Spring Semester (14 hours)
Course Title Part of term
ALTF 261 Advanced Algae Cultivation (3) S 16 weeks
BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology (3) AND 16 weeks
BIOL 111L Introduction to Biology Lab (1) OR 16 weeks
BIOL 114 Environmental Science(3) AND 16 weeks
BIOL 114L Environmental Science Lab (1) OR 16 weeks
WATR 166 Microbiology for Water Treatment Operators (4) 16 weeks
BSAD 119 Entrepreneurial – Planning and Introduction (3) 16 weeks
ELEC 111 Electronic Fundamentals (4) 16 weeks
Summer Semester (4-6 hours)
Course Title Part of term
ALTF 262 Algae Harvesting (3) S 8 weeks
ALTF 268 Algae Capstone (1-3) S OR Variable
ALTF 298 Biofuels Internship (1-3) Variable