What will I learn?

The need to sustain Australia's marine environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by climate change, increasing resource extraction and coastal development. A strong scientific understanding of the complexities of these sensitive ecosystems is developed alongside the skills to apply relevant practical and technological tools toward their sustainable management.

In this major you will study Marine Science with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management. Fields of study include biology, sustainable aquaculture, environmental impact assessment, marine taxonomy/biodiversity, marine ecology, geomorphology and the physical environment of the coastal zone. The curriculum focuses on Australian marine ecosystems, however, international case studies are incorporated. This degree is an opportunity to meet the need for increased research into coastal environment while managing the sustainability of the current and future anthropogenic activities within marine and coastal systems.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Marine Science with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to pursue Marine Science projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

Professional recognition

Graduates from this major will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Marine Science Association, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Career information

Graduates will be ideally placed to pursue a career in Marine Science research and be equipped with skills aligned to the needs of a number of government agencies:

  • Department of Fisheries
  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Office of the Environmental Protection Authority
  • Department of Transport
  • Water Corporation.

The course will also prepare students for employment as Environmental Officers in Regional Development Commissions and local governments, particularly those confronted with coastal management issues associated with meeting their development needs.

Graduates will be suited to employment within the private sector, including companies involved with:

  • coastal and marine resource extraction
  • environmental consultancies
  • coastal tourism enterprises
  • commercial and recreational fishing industries.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

CRICOS

095949E

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,200.00 (US$ 22,679) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $132,500

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020

Venue

Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,

BENTLEY,

Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or an average grade of B) and a Total score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and Math section) of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the SAT from the same sitting, a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section, and 400 in Math section is required. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; C2 Proficiency (CPE)- 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12 and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 7.0; Overall band score 7.0; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58; Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B in listening, reading, writing and speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 190, Overall score: 176; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 176, Overall score:169.

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