2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Marine Science | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Marine Science



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757622

Additional Information:

Course Finder


Marine Science is the area of science that deals with the study of the ocean. You will study the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal regions.

You will learn the skills required for a career in government, industry and environment-related companies.

The program has core subjects in each year plus flexible optional subjects.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Marine Science will be able to:

  1. Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
  2. Demonstrate skills in analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis.
  4. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others.
  5. Synthesise the application of knowledge and skills in Marine Science through the development of scientific works and the completion of practical exercises.
  6. Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society. 

Course Structure

Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.

Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.

Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.

This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
MARE200 Introduction to Oceanography 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A* 6 Autumn
*MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
EESC201 Earth's Inferno 6 Autumn
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
EESC216 Sediments and Fuels 6 Not available in 2017
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
STS 216 Environmental Sociology and Politics 6 Spring
EESC250 Field Geology 6 Summer 2017/2018
Year 3
BIOL361 Marine and Terrestrial Population Biology 6 Autumn. First offered in 2018
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn. First offered in 2018
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
MARE360 Fisheries and Aquaculture 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6Autumn. First offered in 2018
BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6Autumn. First offered in 2018
EESC321 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 6Autumn. First offered in 2018
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn. First offered in 2018
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
EESC326 Resources and Environments 6Spring. First offered in 2018
MARE363 Advanced Marine Science Project 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer. First offered in 2018
Or other subjects as approved by the Coordinator.


Students may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean’s Scholar) after the requirements of the Pass degree have been fulfilled and the required entry standard has been achieved (a minimum WAM of 75% in at least three 300-level subjects that comprise a coherent specialisation, as determined by the coordinator). Alternatively, students may apply to enrol in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (a major in Marine Science is an option).

Admission to Honours is by recommendation of the Degree Coordinator and approval of the Head of School of the student’s primary supervisor.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 20 February, 2017