Bachelor of Marine Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Marine Science

James Cook University (JCU) introduced marine science studies to Australia, and today we continue to break new ground in the field. You will too when you study with us.

At JCU you will study with the best marine scientists in the world. We rank number one in Marine and Freshwater Biology out of 26,000 degree-granting institutions in the world on the Centre for World University Ranking scale. With six of the world's top ten tropical marine biologists on staff you will be right there as new discoveries that impact the marine world are made. JCU introduced Marine Science studies to Australia, and continues to take the lead by redeveloping the Marine Science course to focus on developing skills in sensor technology –exciting new tools enabling marine science research into the future.

JCU's Bachelor of Marine Science focuses on developing the high-level skills technologically enabled professionals need if they are to address the challenges facing the world’s oceans over coming decades. A diversity of rapidly evolving technologies are providing marine scientists with increasingly powerful ways to collect diverse data from above and below the waves; data that support and direct solutions to previously insoluble problems. These methods include: water quality sensors, seabed mapping and fish assessment sonar, sensors for detecting underwater mineral deposits and wrecked ships, oceanographic sensors, acoustic tagging and tracking equipment, sensors for monitoring the activity and physical environment of marine mammals, reptiles and fish.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Assumed knowledge
Assumed knowledge: English, Maths B, Chemistry. Recommended: at least one of Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics
OP/Rank
12/74

Career opportunities

JCU’s Marine Science degree has been developed in consultation with private corporations and federal, state and local government marine professionals from disciplines as diverse as marine geologists, physical and biological oceanographers, marine biologists and marine chemists. That means that the technological skills you develop with be broadly applicable in addressing today's and tomorrow’s challenges facing the world’s oceans. So your field-leading Marine Science qualification will give you a head-start in an exciting career locally or internationally in a diversity of fields including:

  • Fisheries Science and Management
  • Marine Conservation Research and Conservation Policy
  • Environmental Research and Management
  • Marine Geoscience and Hydrography
  • Physical and Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Marine Impact Assessment

Completing the JCU Bachelor of Marine Science can also open career options in:

  • Tourism
  • Education

You will also automatically become a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Course highlights

This inspiring JCU course will see you studying with a university that is recognised as a world leader in marine science research. While you study, you'll be doing practical work and using up-to-the-minute research and real data. And choosing JCU means you'll be studying right at the doorstep of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and among some of the world's most pristine waterways. For example, at JCU you will learn about

  • Managing human impacts on marine environments
  • Protecting Australia's marine reserves
  • Safeguarding the world's largest natural resource - the ocean.

The practical nature of the course will allow you to

  • Use advanced marine technology to measure aspects of the marine environment
  • Gain experience with a wide range of marine sensors in field work at sea
  • Learn how to analyse large marine data sets to extract important information
  • Work on Orpheus Island Research Station and the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel
  • Participate in practical work aboard research vessels
  • Research on-site at coral reefs, islands, seagrass beds and mangroves
  • Study in JCU's advanced research aquariums and laboratories.

You may also have opportunities to undertake an exchange program with an international university.

Course overview

This is a degree that focuses on giving you practical skills in advanced marine science and technology. It is different from most other marine biology or marine science degrees as there is an additional focus on technology and its application. You'll learn from JCU's experts how to manage human impacts and preserve dynamic marine environments. Among the fascinating and very relevant core subjects and options available to you are:

  • Fundamentals of Biological Processes
  • Environmental Processes and Global Change
  • Marine Measurement Technology
  • Sensors and Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Functional Ecology
  • Chemistry of the Ocean
  • Marine Geology
  • Managing Coastal and Marine Environments
  • Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Fisheries Science.

Honours

If you're a high-achieving student you may be offered the opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree. This consists of an extra year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually required for entry to research higher degrees. Check out the Honours Handbook to learn more.

Professional Recognition

When you graduate, you will automatically become a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). You'll also become a Registered Marine Scientist, with the opportunity to become a Chartered Marine Scientist. As well, you will be eligible to apply for membership of professional organisations including the Australian Marine Science Association and the Australian Coral Reef Society.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316251) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BZ1001:03 Fundamentals of Biological Processes

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1 or MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MB1110:03 Introductory Marine Science

Level 2

BZ2001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

PH2006:03 Descriptive Physical Oceanography

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 1 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of Science level 2 subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 2 subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified EA or EV level 3 subjects from List 3

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified MB level 3 subjects from List 4

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified CS, MA, MB, PH level 3 subjects from List 5 or select 6 credit points of any AQ, BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB or PH level 3 subjects

List 1

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

List 2

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

List 3

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

List 4

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

List 5

CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics

MA3109:03 Applied Complex Variable Theory

PH3006:03 Oceanography and Meteorology

PH3019:03 Electromagnetic Phenomena

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Marine Science

Course code

50110M

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

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:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of the marine environment and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in at least two science disciplines

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of marine sciences in the creation of sustainable futures, particularly in the tropics, worldwide

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, particularly as applied to marine sciences, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge and its contestable and testable nature

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field investigations, by selecting and applying appropriate methods, techniques and tools

  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and/or technological skills

  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems relating to the behaviour and management of marine systems by applying knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BZ1001:03 Fundamentals of Biological Processes

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1 or MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MB1110:03 Introductory Marine Science

Level 2

BZ2001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

PH2006:03 Descriptive Physical Oceanography

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 1 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of Science level 2 subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 2 subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified EA or EV level 3 subjects from List 3

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified MB level 3 subjects from List 4

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified CS, MA, MB, PH level 3 subjects from List 5 or select 6 credit points of any AQ, BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB or PH level 3 subjects

List 1

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

List 2

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

List 3

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

List 4

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

List 5

CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics

MA3109:03 Applied Complex Variable Theory

PH3006:03 Oceanography and Meteorology

PH3019:03 Electromagnetic Phenomena

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

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)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF MARINE SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BMarSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours is available as a separate graduate entry course.

Eligibility

Students must satisfy the college requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.

Honours

The Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.