Bachelor of Marine Science
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
|Science and Engineering|
Assumed Knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C); Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent
Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent
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.
|Additional course requirements|
Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Marine Science.
Applicants who have not completed high school Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Marine Science.
Students should undertake the above subject/s in intensive mode where available and be aware that restrictions may apply to electives if they wish to complete in the normal three (3) year time frame. These subjects typically start earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information.
This course involves mandatory field work and any costs associated with that field work will be at the student’s expense.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
72 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
Must complete a minimum of 18 credit points of Level 3 subjects.
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:
BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity
CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science
EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth
MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations
MB1110:03 Introductory Marine Science
EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PH2006:03 Marine Physics
CH2042:03 Marine Chemistry and Chemical Ecology
MB2050:03 Functional Biology of Marine Organisms
MB3050:03 Biological Oceanography
EV3406:03 Coral Reef Geomorphology
EA3110:03 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
EA3640:03 Advanced Environmental and Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications
MB3270:03 Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems
SC3010:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists
EV3401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology
MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or any Level 1, 2 or 3 science subjects*
CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or any Level 1, 2 or 3 science subjects**
*Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to be able to successfully complete the Bachelor of Marine Science.
**Applicants who have not completed high school Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CH1020 Preparatory Chemistry as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Marine Science
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1 or a Minor from Table A or an Inter-disciplinary Minor
Note: Streams listed below are for guidance only
- Earth Science
- Environmental Science
- Marine Biology
CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CH2310:03 Syntheses and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry
CH3041:03 Environmental Chemistry
EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse
EA2900:03 Introductory Field Geology
EA3800:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry
EV1005:03 Environmental Processes & Global Change
EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution
EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
EV3506:03 Remote Sensing
BS2460:03 Fundamentals of Ecology
MB2080:03 Invertebrate Biology
MB3014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries
MB3150:03 Fisheries Science
Select 4 subjects from:
BS2460:03 Fundamentals of Ecology
MB2070:03 Marine Biogeography
MB2080:03 Invertebrate Biology
MB3160:03 Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes
MB3190:03 Coral Reef Ecology
MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques
Plus select 3 subjects from:
MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
MA2210:03 Linear Algebra
MA2405:03 Advanced Statistical Modelling
CP2404:03 Database Modelling
MA3405:03 Statistical Data Mining for Big Data
PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1
PH3006:03 Oceanography and Meteorology
Plus select 2 subjects from:
PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1
PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Early Quantum
PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics
TABLE A (SCIENCE MINORS)
Type of Minor
Credit points in minor
12 credit points
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 18 credit points of Level 1 and 2 science subjects before attempting any Level 3 science subjects.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory fieldwork
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
48 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
A maximum of 6 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3.
Credit will not be granted for CH1020, MA1020 or PH1001.
BACHELOR OF MARINE SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
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.