Marine Biology

Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1019 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014


Associate Professor Stephen Swearer

Department of Zoology




A marine biology major will provide the springboard for students entering careers or research in the following areas: marine ecology, fisheries, commercial aquaculture, marine environmental monitoring and assessment, marine science education and tourism. Graduates will be prepared for these pathways by developing specialised knowledge about marine biological systems, as well as practical experience, which are crucial to being prepared to make contributions in laboratories, or in consulting roles in the marine environmental industry.

Learning Outcomes:

This major will integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines from the biological (botany, zoology) to physical sciences (chemistry, geography, oceanography), by enabling students to complete a sequence of specialist subjects in each, as well as integrated subjects in which the students develop an understanding of the application of ecological principles and environmental management strategies to solving current problems in marine biology. Students will gain relevant workplace training by participating in field-based and group-based research projects.

Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options:

All three of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus one elective selected from

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2

This major is available to new generation Bachelor of Science students (B-SCI). It is also available to Bachelor of Science students who commenced prior to 2008. The published structure of this major includes subjects available in the current year. Pre-2008 Bachelor of Science students who completed one or more Level 3 science subjects towards this major prior to 2010 should contact the Science Student Centre for advice on appropriate subjects to complete this major.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

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