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Bachelor of Marine Science | 2017
Testamur Title of Degree:
Bachelor of Marine Science
UOW Course Code:
Total Credit Points:
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Delivery Campus / UAC Code:
Wollongong / 757622
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.
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:
- Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
- Demonstrate skills in analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information.
- Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis.
- Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others.
- Synthesise the application of knowledge and skills in Marine Science through the development of scientific works and the completion of practical exercises.
- Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society.
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)|
|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:|
|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|
|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|
|EESC203||Biogeography and Environmental Change||6||Autumn|
|EESC216||Sediments and Fuels||6||Not available in 2017|
|PHYS233||Introduction to Environmental Physics||6||Autumn|
|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|
|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||6||Autumn. First offered in 2018|
|BIOL362||Ecophysiology||6||Autumn. First offered in 2018|
|EESC321||Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History||6||Autumn. 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||6||Spring. 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.