Honours in Marine Science

As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research into the structure and/or functioning of the relatively understudied marine ecosystem. Research projects range from marine conservation and fisheries management through community and population ecology and behaviour to physical and biological oceanography or coastal management. You may study near-shore benthic habitats or the open oceans or even the deep-sea, either collecting data yourself or analysing that gathered remotely by video or sonic recorders. In doing so you will acquire skills in critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, scientific writing and public presentation. This will equip you for entry into postgraduate research programs or workplaces such as environmental consultancies or local and national government agencies.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake independent research, including design, data collection and analysis, into an aspect of the marine environment; (2) develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and risk assessment as they plan and execute their research project; and (3) communicate ideas, concepts and research findings clearly, effectively and appropriately via written, verbal and visual methods.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Marine Science major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4441Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations
or
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
or
equivalent
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
or
completion of 12 points at Level 4
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course
or
honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550)
or
Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630)
or
Master of Biotechnology
or
honours in the Faculty of Science
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
honours in the Faculty of Science