Honours in Marine Science

As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research related to the structure and/or functioning of the marine ecosystem (Marine Biology Specialisation) or the physical processes that operate in the ocean and shape our coastline (Coastal and Oceans Specialisation). Research projects are offered across a wide range of topics spanning marine conservation, fisheries management, oceanography, coastal management, and ocean observing. Depending on the project you may collect data yourself or analyse previously collected data. 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 (36 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
Students in the Marine Biology Specialisation take SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences and students in the Coastal and Oceans Specialisation take EART4415 Coastal Hazards and Adaptation:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1EART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
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
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
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)
S2BIOL4407Marine 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 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations
or
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
or
equivalent
S2BIOL5542Conservation 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)
and
GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I
or
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
or
equivalent.
S1EART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5502Marine 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
higher,
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)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
or
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
or
the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course
or
honours
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
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
S1SCIE5505Global 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
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)