Bachelor of

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution2 Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective


Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
CHEM1221 General, Organic & Biological Chemistry1,2 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.

2. Students are encouraged to complete both BIOL1020 and CHEM1221 as prerequisites for this major; however, you may elect to complete only one.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan

  • Marine Biology & Ecology
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MARS2014 Marine Science
    BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies

    Choose courses from the BSc course list

    BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2202 Genetics
    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    BIOL2204 Zoology
    ERTH2002 Palaeobiology ]

    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 8 units from:

    [ 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

    BIOL3023 Tropical Marine Ecosystems
    BIOL3215 Marine Ecology & Conservation
    MARS3012 Physical-biological Oceanography ]

    BIOL3000 Conservation
    BIOL3205 Physiological & Experimental Zoology
    BIOL3236 Climate Change Biology
    BIOL3320 Vertebrate Diversity & Evolution
    Choose courses from the BSc course list

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 focuses in marine biology and ecology, but can 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 Geoscience

Australia’s coastline and ocean territory, which encompasses an area greater than its continental landmass, are important resources that are under intense pressure. Students in the marine geoscience 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, crysophere 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 geoscience stream will develop a strong understanding of the underlying processes and key disciplines associated with marine geoscience. In third year, students can select a program that mainly focuses on marine geoscience 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. Importantly, students learn 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.