Bachelor of

Study Planner Information

What will I study?

Courses in your second year will build core knowledge in the biological sciences and prepare you for specific courses in marine biology in your third year. You will participate in field trips to UQ's research stations at Moreton Bay and Heron Island to experience both tropical and sub-tropical environments and also gain practical laboratory skills and knowledge to prepare you for a broad scope of employment opportunities

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Elective Elective
Year 1-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for BSc
[CHEM1221 General, Organic & Biological Chemistry1
ERTH1000 Planet Earth: The Big Picture]
Prerequisite for major
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Recommended
Elective Elective

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Marine Biology is available only as an extended major. You are required to complete #22 (#10 at Level 2 and #12 at Level 3) from the Marine Biology extended major list. Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

MARS2014 Marine Science
BIOL2010 Ecology BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
2 BIOL2204 Zoology BIOL2201 Evolution

BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOL2203 Plant Biology
ERTH2002 Palaeobiology

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology


Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
(Or other Level 3 courses on the Marine Biology major list)
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture

BIOL3360 Analysis & Communication of Biological Data
BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery & Systematics

BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

ERTH3110 Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography
Choose courses from the BSc course list
2 BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation

MARS3012 Physical-biological Oceanography1
BIOL3000 Conservation

BIOL3205 Physiological & Experimental Zoology

BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology

BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution

ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs
Choose courses from the BSc course list

1. MARS3012 ‘Physical-biological Oceanography’ will not be offered in semester 2 2017. If you were due to enrol in MARS3012 in semester 2 2017, please contact Student Administration for advice



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