Study Area: Marine Biology and Marine Science
Marine biologists study the living resources of the world's oceans and coastal seas. JCU's Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) students benefit from the unique learning environment of the tropics, whose waters support rich and diverse biological communities. Training in marine biology is central to understanding, protecting and managing these diverse ecosystems and evaluating human impact on the marine environment.
JCU through its School of Marine and Tropical Biology is the first university in Australia to offer specialised training in marine biology. It has earned an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and takes a field-oriented, hands-on approach to its teaching and research endeavours.
Our location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between our research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.
Course accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, London.
Marine science is the interdisciplinary study of the marine environment bringing together elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geoscience and environmental management. Marine scientists explore the make-up and dynamics of the world's oceans and use their skills to investigate and manage human impacts on the marine environment; understand and utilise ocean resources; and manage and protect our marine reserves.
Postgraduate Coursework Degrees
Postgraduate Research Degrees
JCU science graduates with a major in Marine Biology pursue careers throughout the world. They work in private and public agencies, or as private consultants in fields such as conservation policy and environmental management, impact assessment, tourism and education. Graduates with higher qualifications and research experience pursue research careers in universities or research organisations.
Accreditation and Recognition
JCU marine biology graduates can apply to join a variety of professional organizations including the Australian Marine Science Association, the Australian Coral Reef Society and numerous other specialist associations.