2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2020

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

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

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.

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:

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.
8 Synthesise advanced knowledge associated with one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.
9 Critique and evaluate advances in the broader discipline of Marine Science.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), 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).
  • 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.
  • Students may be required to contribute to food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course of study.

Progression Requirements

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).

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 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
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.
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
BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn
GEOS215 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
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 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
SCIP310 Advanced Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Project 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring
EESC326 Resources and Environments 6 Spring
Or other subjects approved by the coordinator
Year 4
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
MARE407 Marine Science Honours (Part-Time) 24 SMAH Annual



The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to Coursework Rules

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 16 January, 2020