2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours)  | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Flexible)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757624

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. In addition, an Honours degree in Marine Science opens up opportunities in state fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental consultancies.

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

In the final year, students undertake a substantial piece of supervised research, together with other required seminars and/or coursework. 

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements, English requirements and credit transfer information are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
  2. Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.
  4. Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with Marine Science that can be applied in a professional context.
  6. Independently plan and execute a research project in Marine Science.
  7. Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct. 

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.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75% or greater in 300-level subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree. Students with an average below 75% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) with the approval of the Marine Science Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Marine Science degree. 

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
Please 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
Select 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 6Autumn. First offered in 2018
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6Spring. 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
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below
MARE401 Marine Science Honours 48 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018
MARE407 Marine Science Honours (Part-Time) 24 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018


Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 7 April, 2017