Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] major

Coastlines globally face unprecedented threats from continued development and climate change. Majoring in Marine and Coastal Processes will provide you with the understanding of how our coastal and marine environments operate such that you can apply this knowledge to ensure coastal communities and marine ecosystems remain resilient in the future. Western Australia's coastal and nearshore seascape includes a diversity of morphology, habitats, and environmental forcing which will allow you to gain first-hand experience in the field. You'll learn about the processes that drive coastal changes, the importance of ocean currents in determining our sea level and climate, the links and feedbacks between physical and biological processes, and about strategies to manage the coast as a resource for all. During the course of your studies you will gain practical experience through hands-on laboratory-based exercises, field trips (several of which are overnight) and computer based labs.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a solid understanding of the physical processes that operate in marine and coastal environments; (2) apply scientific principles, incorporating theoretical concepts, keen observation, sound experimental design, analysis and insightful interpretation into marine research; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of the linkages and feedbacks between physical and biotic processes; (4) appreciate how the interactions between the physical and biotic components can influence decisions about marine and coastal management; (5) conduct quantitative marine research in a safe, ethical and professional manner; (6) apply the knowledge and skills required for employment related to marine and coastal processes; and (7) develop skills in modelling, programming, and numeracy as relevant to marine research.

Degree-specific major

Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] 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 and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] is a degree-specific single major comprising:

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

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
S1 EART1105 Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System
Prerequisites:
none;
for pre-2012 courses: none
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S1 SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3307 Oceanography
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3362 Environmental Dynamics
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or
EART2204 Coastal Processes
or
SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
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 and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

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 Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. 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 and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

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

Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] second major is a single major comprising:

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

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
S1 EART1105 Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System
Prerequisites:
none;
for pre-2012 courses: none
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S1 SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3307 Oceanography
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S2 ENVT3362 Environmental Dynamics
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or
EART2204 Coastal Processes
or
SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
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 and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

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

Marine and Coastal Processes [not available in 2020] can also be taken as a degree-specific major.