- Townsville: February, July
3 years full-time
English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent.
One of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
Manage human impacts and preserve dynamic marine environments while studying in JCU's advanced research aquariums and laboratories. Undertake research at the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station, or on-site at various coral reef, island, seagrass and mangrove environments visited when completing this degree.
Develop high-level skills in evolving technologies that are providing solutions to previously unsolvable problems. Build your capabilities in the use of seabed mapping and fish assessment sonar, oceanographic sensors, and a range of technology used for gathering data above and below the waves.
Build networks with the international cohort who study this degree, and with the concentration of marine scientists and managers located in north Queensland. Opportunities may also exist to undertake an exchange program with an international university.
About JCU's Bachelor of Marine Science
Pursue your passion for the ocean and marine life at the best marine science university in the world*. James Cook University’s Bachelor of Marine Science degree is a comprehensive course studying the elements of the ocean with a strong focus on first-hand experiences. Access diverse learning environments including the Daintree Rainforest and Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
A Marine Science School with World-Class Teaching and Learning
JCU offers a world-class education in Marine Science. Explore oceanography like never before with our cutting-edge technology, including sensors and radar.
JCU’s marine science degree has a focus on the sustainability of the oceans and is ideal for students interested in physical and chemical science, or an oceanography degree. Specialist marine science degrees suit those interested in sustainably managing healthy marine ecosystems.
The challenges facing our oceans require bold minds and creative solutions. Marine science students are trained to work with developing oceanography technologies. Gain hands-on experience using seabed mapping technology, tagging and tracking equipment and high-precision sensors to track activity in the ocean.
Study Marine Science in the Most Beautiful Locations on Earth
Take advantage of JCU’s real-world practical experience. Study your marine science bachelor degree on-site at coral reefs, islands, mangroves, and seagrass beds including the Great Barrier Reef National Park. Access JCU’s research vessels and the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station and Aquarium Complex.
Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field and are passionate about addressing the challenges of our seas. Together with industry professionals, you will research solutions for the future and be part of a team solving problems that have eluded scientists for decades.
Understand how to collect data, map the seabeds, assess the health of marine life populations, look for underwater deposits, and monitor and track everything under the waves. Your research will take you to coral reefs, research ships and seagrass beds.
A Marine Science University with Great Learning Resources
Master the fundamentals, such as understanding biological processes, the chemistry of the ocean, marine geography and fisheries science. Then, start planning field investigations and learn how to collect and analyse the data you find. Access the newest technologies and the most cutting-edge techniques to collate the data you need.
Learn how to draw logical conclusions from what you know and devise workable solutions to problems. Gain the skills to understand how the intricate ocean systems work together so you can manage them effectively. You will also master practical skills in working safely in diverse marine environments.
Marine Science at JCU - The Way to a Healthier Future for Our Oceans
JCU’s bachelor program in marine science offers students hands-on opportunities and invaluable experience that will help them succeed in the workforce.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of core subjects and available options.
*Excellence in Research Awards 2018-2019.
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High achieving Bachelor of Marine Science students can continue their studies through the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. This course 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. Refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.
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: 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
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 6 credit points of any undergraduate subjects
Select 6 credit points of any Level 2 or 3 subjects
Lists of subjects grouped according to potential career aspirations and interests can be accessed here.
Options available include recommended marine science related areas of Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Fisheries, Marine Biology, Maths and Physics as well as a number of additional general science related areas.
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.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD37,680.00
Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
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 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).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
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.
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.
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.
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.