UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Emma-Jade Tuffley

The Marine Science major allowed me to participate in field work at many of WA's fantastic marine settings, including the Swan River system, the Ningaloo Marine Park in Exmouth, and Princess Royal Harbour in Albany. My degree has equipped me with the knowledge and technical abilities to go out into the world and study this environment that I feel so deeply about.

Marine Science major

If you are fascinated by our amazing marine and coastal environments then Marine Science is the major for you. Western Australia's marine environment is a biodiversity hotspot with up to 80 per cent of fish, invertebrates and other organisms found nowhere else in the world, making WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies. This major includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment. Through experimental design and research you will learn to appreciate the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (cost of food and accommodation of up to $500 for around 10 nights to be borne by the student).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) appreciate the complex interactions between the physical and biotic components of marine ecosystems; (2) understand the range of scales at which these interactions can occur; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of the diversity, life history strategies and functional traits of marine biota; (4) appreciate how the interactions between the physical and biotic components can influence decisions about sustainable management; and (5) conduct quantitative marine research in a safe and professional manner.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Marine Science can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Marine Science is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology None
S1 EART1105 The Dynamic Planet Incompatibility: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis Prerequisites: ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility: STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science Prerequisites: ATAR Mathematics Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility: SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 BIOL2204 Marine Biology Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 SCIE2204 Marine Systems Prerequisites: EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity Prerequisites: BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or EART1105 The Dynamic Planet; for pre-2012 courses: any Level 1 BIOL unit or any Level 1 EART unit
S1 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems Incompatibility: EART2201 Geographic Information Systems

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3307 Oceanography Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes Prerequisites: one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Marine Science degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MARSC (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Marine Science degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MARSC-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Marine Science can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Marine Science can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Marine Science second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology None
S1 EART1105 The Dynamic Planet Incompatibility: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 BIOL2204 Marine Biology Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 SCIE2204 Marine Systems Prerequisites: EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3307 Oceanography Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes Prerequisites: one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1 SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Marine Science can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MARSC (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Marine Science can also be taken as a degree-specific major.