Bachelor of Marine Science

Our Bachelor of Marine Science degree qualifies you to be a caretaker of the world’s oceans, managing human impact and preserving dynamic marine environments.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February,July
Duration
3 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
CRICOS code
056552E

Career opportunities

Our Marine Science degree qualifies you as a caretaker of the world’s oceans, managing human impact and preserving dynamic marine environments. Our Bachelor of Marine Science is a field-leading qualification.

Oceans are teeming with life, landscapes and incredible environmental interactions. James Cook University 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.

Completing a Bachelor of Marine Science will open career options in:

  • Conservation policy
  • Environmental management
  • Impact assessment
  • Tourism
  • Education

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

Course highlights

Marine Science involves the study of the ocean, its ecosystems and life forms, and includes coastal environments, ocean currents and the sea floor. It brings together the elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geosciences and environmental management

As a world leader in marine science research, we are home to six of the world’s top ten coral reef biologists. All our staff are internationally recognised experts. These are the people you will learn from, using up-to-the-minute research and real data. So while you study you will already be:

  • Managing human impact on marine environments
  • Understanding the world’s ocean resources
  • Protecting Australia’s marine reserves
  • Safeguarding the world’s largest natural resource.

Our world-class marine science facilities will have you:

  • Working on Orpheus Island research station or aboard research vessels
  • Researching on-site at coral reefs, islands, seagrass beds and mangroves
  • Studying in advanced research aquariums, laboratories or international universities.

Course overview

Honours

An 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.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application:

  • 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)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course.
You may wish to include a second course preference.
  1. Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
  4. Submit your application.
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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

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

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.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Entry requirements

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course you also need to meet the following requirements:

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
  • TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
  • TOEFL (internet based) –79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
  • Pearson (PTE Academic) – 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

Costs

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. Fees are subject to change. Please see international students fees and costs for details.

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, Swedish and Belgium citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. Get a quote online from JCU’s preferred provider.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, would like to change your preferences (course, campus, commencing semester or major) after you have submitted your application please contact International Admissions:

Email: InternationalAdmissions@jcu.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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