Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering and Technology (IMarEST). Graduates are qualified to be a Registered Marine Scientist, and partly qualified for Chartered Marine Scientist and Chartered Scientist status.
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Tropical Environments and Societies
English, Chemistry, Maths B
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
72 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1
Course learning outcomes
The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Marine Science at James Cook University will be able to:
BZ1001:03 Fundamentals of Biological Processes
BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity
CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science
EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change
MB1110:03 Introductory Marine Science
BZ2001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science
EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PH2006:03 Descriptive Physical Oceanography
Select 6 credit points of specified level 1 subjects from List 1
Select 9 credit points of Science level 2 subjects
Select 6 credit points of specified level 2 subjects from List 2
Select 9 credit points of specified EA or EV level 3 subjects from List 3
Select 9 credit points of specified MB level 3 subjects from List 4
Select 6 credit points of specified CS, MA, MB, PH level 3 subjects from List 5 or 6 credit points of any AQ, BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB or PH level 3 subjects
BZ1008:03 Functional Ecology
CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth
MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations
MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques
PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics
PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1
PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2
SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding
SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems
CH2042:03 Marine Chemistry and Chemical Ecology
EA2110:03 Introduction to Sedimentology
MB2050:03 Functional Biology of Marine Organisms
MB2060:03 Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment
EA3640:03 Advanced Environmental and Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications
EV3201:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments
EV3203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
EV3401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology
EV3406:03 Coral Reef Geomorphology
MB3050:03 Biological Oceanography
MB3150:03 Fisheries Science
MB3190:03 Coral Reef Ecology
MB3200:03 Marine Conservation Biology
MB3210:03 Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
MB3260:03 Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling
MB3270:03 Wetlands and Estuarine Ecosystems
CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics
MA3109:03 Applied Complex Variable Theory
PH3006:03 Oceanography and Meteorology
PH3019:03 Electromagnetic Phenomena
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Must complete 12 credit points of level 1 science subjects before attempting any level 2 science subjects.
Must complete 18 credit points of level 1 and 2 science subjects before attempting any level 3 science subjects.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
48 credit points
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.
BACHELOR OF MARINE SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Honours is available as a separate graduate entry course.
Students must satisfy the college requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.