2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours)  | 2018

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:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757624


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 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 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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, as outlined 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.
    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    BIOL104Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment6Autumn
    BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
    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.
    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
    Select 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
    SCIP310Advanced Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Project6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
    EESC331Changing Global Environments6Spring
    EESC326Resources and Environments6Spring
    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
    MARE401Marine Science Honours48Not available in 2020
    MARE407Marine Science Honours (Part-Time)24Not available in 2020


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.

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 27 September, 2019