Bachelor of Marine Science

Course summary

Marine Science is the study of the ocean. Marine scientists look into the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society, and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal resources and regions. They spend their time observing, defining and experimenting with coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change, as well as using emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable management of these environments.

The Bachelor of Marine Science takes advantage of the diverse NSW South Coast environment, which is an ideal location to undertake specialist marine training. This setting provides substantial fieldwork opportunities in addition to the extensive laboratory-based learning you will undertake during the course. The specialist marine training, combined with a broad background in biology and geosciences opens up a range of employment opportunities in government and industry organisations such as State Fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental organisations.

What you will study

You will study common core science subjects early in this degree before focusing on subjects fundamental to your understanding of marine science:

  • Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Conservation Biology
  • Marine and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Coastal Environments
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge in marine science and achieve their research aspirations.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

789

ATAR-SR

85

IB Score

31

Duration

3 years full-time (6 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

039553A

UAC Code

757622

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 85 or an IB of 31. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,504 (2019)

$93,024 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 26 October 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
2 Demonstrate skills in analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information.
3 Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving in experimental design and data analysis.
4 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others.
5 Synthesise the application of knowledge and skills in Marine Science through the development of scientific works and the completion of practical exercises.
6 Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Marine Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, as set out below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent).
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects.
  • This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
MARE200 Introduction to Oceanography 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A* 6 Autumn
*MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
Spring
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
EESC201 Earth's Inferno 6 Autumn
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
STS 216 Environmental Sociology and Politics 6 Spring
EESC250 Field Geology 6 Summer
Year 3
Autumn
BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring
MARE360 Fisheries and Aquaculture 6 Spring
Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Autumn
EESC321 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 6 Autumn
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn
BIOL363 Professional Skills in Ecology 6 Spring
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring
EESC326 Resources and Environments 6 Spring
Or other subjects as approved by the Coordinator.

Honours

Students may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean’s Scholar) after the requirements of the Pass degree have been fulfilled and the required entry standard has been achieved (a minimum WAM of 75% in at least three 300-level subjects that comprise a coherent specialisation, as determined by the coordinator). Alternatively, students may apply to enrol in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (a major in Marine Science is an option).

Admission to Honours is by recommendation of the Degree Coordinator and approval of the Head of School of the student’s primary supervisor.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates qualify to apply for membership of relevant professional societies, such as the Australian Marine Science Association.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to make the second largest contribution of 12.7% to employment growth in Australia and with this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. The projected high rate of employment growth for 2017 to 2022 reflects ongoing strength and demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world.

You will participate in practical classes in our new purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities
  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Doctor (with additional study)
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Health worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Veterinary Researcher
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