Study Planner Information

What will I study?

The Marine Science major provides students with a comprehensive and detailed science education by directing their study towards a broad foundation of subjects in their first two years. This ensures that students entering their third year in the Marine Science major will already have developed an extensive knowledge base in marine science, along with critical knowledge in their area of specialisation. Third level courses are designed to develop attributes that serve graduates in a range of professions within marine science. As part of the Marine Science major you can also expect to take part in research based projects and practicals using advanced scientific equipment and field station facilities. Undergraduate research projects at UQ span the girth of marine science, including ecology, conservation, global change biology, paleobiology, microbiology, genomics, parasitology, coral reefs, marine mammals, algae and plants, coastal management, fish behaviour, aquaculture disease management, oceanography and neurobiology.

Students can choose to specialise in one of the following:

Marine Biology and Ecology

Studies in marine biology and ecology include such areas as the discovery and understanding of the basic biology of marine microbes, plants and animals; the behaviour, physiology, and biochemistry of marine organisms; and the functioning of, and interactions within, marine communities. UQ has one of the strongest records in Australia in marine biology and ecology. The marine biology and ecology specialisation will develop a strong understanding of the key disciplines in the biological and ecological sciences. For example, a typical marine biology and ecology student will enter their third year with a background in zoology, plant science, genetics, ecology, biostatistics, physiology and molecular biology, in addition to marine science. In third year, students can develop a program that strictly focuses in marine biology and ecology, or include courses from other disciplines, ranging from chemistry to molecular biology. This third year program is rich in both applied and basic knowledge and emphasises hands-on laboratory and field experience.

Marine Geology

Australia’s coastline and ocean territory, which encompasses an area greater than its continental landmass, are under stress. Students in the marine geology specialisation will develop broad skills in physical sciences necessary to tackle the most pressing concerns facing our coastal and marine environments today. This specialisation emphasises the intricate connections between the solid earth, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere. It will involve: the application of geochemical, geophysical, remote sensing and computational principles and techniques in the study of coral reefs; sediment and nutrient cycles in coastal and deep sea environments; coastal geomorphology; seafloor and ocean-island volcanism; offshore petroleum and mineral resources; chemical evolution of marine waters; ocean circulation processes; palaeobiology; climatology; and paleoclimatology.

Students in the marine geology stream will develop a strong understanding of the underlying processes and key disciplines associated with marine geology. For example, a typical marine geology student will enter their third year with a strong background in marine environments and palaeoenvironments, climatology and hydrology, palaeobiology and sedimentary environments. In third year, students can develop a program that mainly focuses on marine geology or blend this with other disciplines, ranging from biology and ecology to physics.

Coastal Environments

Australia's coastal environments are economically, ecologically and socially important – locally, nationally and internationally. However, they are under ever increasing pressure from direct exploitation and disturbance related to human activities.  These issues include the indirect effects of human activities such as increased runoff of sediment and other pollutants from the land, and the effects of increased CO2 concentrations, such as warming and acidification of coastal waters. Students undertaking the coastal environments stream will gain expertise in a range of disciplines, including geomorphology, climatology, ecology, coastal processes, remote sensing, planning and management.

The coastal management specialisation produces graduates with expertise in a range of disciplines, including geomorphology, climatology, ecology, economics, demography, coastal processes, planning and management, spatial information systems and remote sensing. Importantly, students are taught to integrate and apply these disciplines effectively in a management context. This specialisation will equip graduates to work effectively at the boundaries between science, law, government and industry to find solutions to the complex issues involved.

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
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Recommended
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 Prerequisite for major
ERTH1000 Planet Earth: The Big Picture Prerequisite for major
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Recommended

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

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Marine Science is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Marine Science course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program.

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.

Choose a study plan

 

Marine Science (Single Major) - Marine Biology & Ecology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 MARS2014 Marine Science

BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
BIOL2010 Ecology

BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
Choose courses from the BSc course list
2   BIOL2201 Evolution

BIOL2202 Genetics

BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIOL2204 Zoology

ERTH2002 Palaeobiology
MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
 
Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
Recommended Courses Elective Courses
1 BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates

BIOL3340 Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture

BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Biological Data

 
BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography

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
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.


 

Marine Science (Single Major) - Marine Geology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Elective Courses
1 MARS2014 Marine Science

BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
ERTH2050 Field Geology

GEOM2000 Introduction to Remote Sensing

ERTH2003 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Palaeoenvironments

Choose courses from the BSc course list
2   ERTH2002 Palaeobiology

GEOS2101 Climatology Hydrology

Choose courses from the BSc course list

 

Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
  Elective Courses
1 ERTH3110 Marine Geology Any Level 3 course from the Marine Science major course list Choose courses from the BSc course list
2 BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs

MARS3012 Physical-biological Oceanography1
Any Level 3 course from the Marine Science major course list 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.


 

Marine Science (Single Major) - Coastal Environments

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 MARS2014 Marine Science

BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design
BIOL2010 Ecology

GEOM2000 Introduction to Remote Sensing

GEOS2100 Environmental Systems

Any Level 2 course from the Marine Science major course list
2   ENVM2002 Marine & Coastal Env Protection

GEOS2101 Climatology Hydrology

GEOS2103 Biogeography Geomorphology
Any Level 2 course from the Marine Science major course list

 

Year 3
Sem Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
Recommended Courses Elective Courses
1 ENVM3200 Coastal Processes & Management
Any Level 3 course from the Marine Science major course list
Choose courses from the BSc course list
2 BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems

ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs

MARS3012 Physical-biological Oceanography1

Any Level 3 course from the Marine Science major course list
 
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.

Careers in Marine Science

Marine-based industries are worth more then $16 Billion annually and offer broad scope in the variety of job opportunities available to graduates. Marine scientists work in many fields of research and education, including:

  • Ecotourism
  • Planning and management
  • Marine parks and wildlife conservation
  • Museums
  • Universities
  • Marine science institutes including fisheries laboratories
  • The fishing industry
  • Food technology
  • Oil companies
  • Power-generating authorities
  • Marine resource development
  • Engineering and consulting companies.
  • Teaching (when combined with a teaching qualification).

Many BSc graduates also enter into further research-based studies in Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs.

 

 

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