Bachelor of Marine Science
Bachelor of Marine Science
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
HonoursAn 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.
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
Certified copies and original documents
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
Bachelor of Marine Science
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA); Chemistry (4,SA)
Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics
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 block 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
SC3232:03 Marine Sensor Technologies and Applications
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.
MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or any Level 1, 2 or 3 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects
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
CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or any Level 1, 2 or 3 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects
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
Select 4 subjects from:
EV1005:03 Environmental Processes & Global Change
EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution
EV3401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology
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
MB3260:03 Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling
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 advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit 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 19 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.
Advanced standing 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.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$36,280 (Estimate only.)For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Undergraduate Guide (PDF, 8589 KB).
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
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.