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Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2017
Testamur Title of Degree:
Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)
UOW Course Code:
Total Credit Points:
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
On campus (Face-to-face)
Delivery Location/UAC Code:
Wollongong / 757623
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.
The Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) is designed specifically for high-achieving students interested in a challenging degree leading to a career in scientific research.
Students in this program are normally required to achieve at least a Distinction average in subjects completed in a calendar year. The program has core subjects in each year plus flexible optional subjects.
Students will be invited to participate in various enrichment activities throughout the program and, after first year, to develop a close association with an appropriate member of one of the Faculty's research teams. In the final year, students undertake a substantial piece of supervised research, together with other required seminar and/or course work.
Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.
Course Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) will be able to:
- Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
- Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
- Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.
- Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums.
- Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with Marine Science that can be applied in a professional context.
- Independently plan and execute a research project in Marine Science.
- Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct.
- Synthesise advanced knowledge associated with one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.
- Critique and evaluate advances in the broader discipline of Marine Science.
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.
In order to maintain a place in the Dean’s Scholar program, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the 200- and 300-level subjects completed. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Marine Science.
|Subject Code||Subject Name||Credit Points||Session(s)|
|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:|
|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 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 approved by the coordinator|
|Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option.|
|MARE401||Marine Science Honours||48||SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018|
|MARE407||Marine Science Honours (Part-Time)||24||SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018|