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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
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.
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:
|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.|
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.
- 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 Autumn 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 Spring Spring 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 Autumn 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, Summer 2020/2021 *MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher. Spring EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, 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 GEOS309 Igneous-metamorphic geology methods and processes 6 Not available in 2020 EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn 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 Sustainability, Risk and Governance 6 Spring EESC250 Field Geology 6 Summer 2020/2021 Year 3 Autumn BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn GEOS215 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn Spring BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring MARE360 Fisheries and Aquaculture 6 Spring Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list: BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Autumn EESC321 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 6 Autumn EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn BIOL363 Professional Skills in Ecology 6 Not available in 2020 EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring EESC326 Resources and Environments 6 Spring 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.
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