This option is useful for majors in archaeology, criminology, biology as well as others where investigation or rescue work is required in the water. These minors may use their preparation to work for resorts, cruise ships, or dive shops among others. Students get the basics required to receive further training to become technical, scientific, or rescue divers.

Required Common Core, 12 Hours

  • AQUA 190 - Introduction to Aquatics An introduction to such topics as career opportunities, industry trends, and industry practice. Aquatics concepts, theory, and publications will be discussed. Aquatic related terminology, research, and fundamentals to aquatic oversight are studied. 3.000 Credit hours
  • AQUA 216 - Lifeguard Training Teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to become a certified lifeguard. Includes CPR, FA, AED, 02, and PDT Training. Advanced topics include techniques for open water and surf rescue. Optional certification fee. Prerequisite: successful completion of intermediate swimming skills test. 3.000 Credit hours
  • AQUA 315 - Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Swimming and rescue skills necessary to complete certification for a Water Safety Instructor program. Emphasizes a broad range of other aquatic experiences and teaching methodologies. Optional certification fee. Prerequisite: successful completion of swimming test. 3.000 Credit hours
  • AQUA 454 - Swimming Pool Operation and Maintenance Provides information on pool circulation, filtration, sanitation, and administrative procedures for the pool operator or aquatics specialist. Opportunity to earn operation credentials with successful completion. 3.000 Credit hours


Complete 6 hours from:

  • AQUA 220 - Open Water Scuba Beginning scuba composed of lecture sessions, confined water (pool), and open water sessions. Provides a level of understanding to participate in skin and scuba diving activities safely. Special fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of entry-level skills test. 2.000 Credit hours
  • AQUA 221 - Advanced SCUBA Diver Series of open water dives and lectures on advanced diving and lifesaving subjects. Optional certification fee. Prerequisite: AQUA 220 or basic level certification with permission of the instructor. 2.000 Credit hours
  • AQUA 355 - Internship in Aquatics Permits credit for aquatic experiences in categories of leadership, administration, or operation of aquatic programs or facilities. Prerequisite: AQUA 221; permission of the program coordinator. A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned. Open only to scuba minor students. 1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

For more information, please contact Leland Yarger.