Bachelor of Marine Science

Pursue your passion for the ocean and marine science at the university that is first in the world for marine and freshwater biology*, with a global reputation for world-class expertise in marine science. Experience hands-on learning at JCU's Orpheus Island Research Station or in various coral reef and marine environments. Working on the Great Barrier Reef and with world-renowned experts you will develop a deep understanding of marine systems and learn to use innovative technologies to support sustainable environmental practices.


In the world for marine and freshwater biology* *Centre for World University Rankings 2017


In Queensland for full-time employment outcomes* *Good Universities Guide 2022, UG Science

Five stars

For learner engagement* *Good Universities Guide 2022, UG Science



  • Townsville: February, July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


3 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

ATAR 78.1

Assumed Knowledge

English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C).

Recommended Knowledge

One of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C)

QTAC Codes

  • 316251

Course detail

Real stories

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    Marissa Hutchings

    Bachelor of Marine Science

    There is no doubt that JCU is the world’s best place to study marine science. The array of classes is just phenomenal, the field work opportunities are endless and the enthusiasm of all the lecturers is truly inspiring. With so much research going on, there are lots of opportunities for volunteering and networking.

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    Astrid Mackegård

    Bachelor of Marine Science

    The field trips to Orpheus Island are plenty and were big highlights of my degree. Not only the hands-on experience such as measuring coral microatolls, but also surveying reef flats and making strong connections with lecturers, tutors, and fellow students.

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    Associate Professor Scott Smithers

    Bachelor of Marine Science

    The reasons that brought me to JCU, and have kept me here, are the concentration of world-class expertise in a range of disciplines relevant to marine science, and it is these same attributes, and the global reputation that follows, that make JCU an excellent choice for students considering study in this field.

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    Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn

    Australian Institute of Marine Science

    JCU students are of a like mind to us. They want to make the world a better place and they bring that desire into their work with us. They are practical, passionate and willing to tackle challenging problems through science.