2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Marine Science | 2018

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


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 and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Marine Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, as set out below.

Please note:

  • 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
    BIOL104Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment6Autumn
    BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
    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.
    CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
    CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
    EESC101Planet Earth6Autumn
    EESC103Earth's Dynamic Surface6Spring
    BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
    EESC102Earth's Interconnected Spheres6Spring
    EESC105Introductory Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
    Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
    CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
    CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
    Year 2
    BIOL240Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms6Autumn
    BIOL251Principles of Ecology6Autumn
    MARE200Introduction to Oceanography6Autumn
    MATH151General Mathematics 1A6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    *MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
    EESC207Advanced Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
    STAT252Statistics For the Natural Sciences6Spring
    BIOL252Evolution and Behaviour6Spring
    Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
    BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
    GEOS309Igneous-metamorphic geology methods and processes6Not available in 2020
    EESC203Biogeography and Environmental Change6Autumn
    PHYS233Introduction to Environmental Physics6Autumn
    BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
    BIOL241Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms6Spring
    CHEM214Analytical and Environmental Chemistry6Spring
    GEOG222Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures6Spring
    STS 216Environmental Sustainability, Risk and Governance6Spring
    EESC250Field Geology6Summer 2020/2021
    Year 3
    BIOL361Conservation Biology6Autumn
    GEOS215Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments6Autumn
    BIOL365Marine and Terrestrial Ecology6Spring
    EESC322Coastal Environments: Process and Management6Spring
    MARE360Fisheries and Aquaculture6Spring
    Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL343Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research6Autumn
    EESC321Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History6Autumn
    EESC323Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology6Autumn
    BIOL363Professional Skills in Ecology6Not available in 2020
    EESC331Changing Global Environments6Spring
    EESC326Resources and Environments6Spring
    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.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 September, 2019