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Coastal and Marine Science

Coastal and Marine Science (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-ADCMS

Major
Coastal and Marine Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 95
Credit
800

Outline

In the Coastal and Marine major (BAdvSci) (Honours) you will study Marine Science with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management.

Coastal and Marine Science

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

The need to sustain Australia's marine environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by climate change, increasing resource extraction and coastal development. A strong scientific understanding of the complexities of these sensitive ecosystems is developed alongside the skills to apply relevant practical and technological tools toward their sustainable management.

In this major you'll study marine science with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management. Fields of study include biology, sustainable aquaculture, environmental impact assessment, marine taxonomy/biodiversity, marine ecology, geomorphology and the physical environment of the coastal zone.

The curriculum focuses on Australian marine ecosystems; however, international case studies are incorporated. This degree is an opportunity to meet the need for increased research into coastal environments while managing the sustainability of current and future anthropogenic activities within marine and coastal systems.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying marine science, with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

The major culminates in a capstone experience in which you'll have the opportunity to pursue marine science projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

The course provides opportunities in second and third year to undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience (sourced by the student) that can be used for course credit.

Students in this course gain a practical experience through a range of field-based experiences in marine environments. Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.

Student experience

The Curtin Coastal and Marine Science course has been designed with industry input to deliver a learning experience focused on developing scientific and marine research skills. The course is delivered by staff actively researching a variety of fields including fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The result is a dynamic and engaging learning environment in which teaching is informed by current research. Our students are challenged to think as marine scientists, developing their initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • The majors in Curtin’s Advanced Science (Honours) are unique in Western Australia in their combination of discipline focus, capacity to specialise within that discipline or pursue other interests, and research and work experience within the course. You'll have a distinctive set of skills and experience that lay the foundation for a career as a scientist able to work across the range of ‘science’ jobs: from pure research to translational and entrepreneurial science.
  • Graduates are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • You'll have extensive fieldwork opportunities, including a 7-day project-based field trip to WA’s northwest.
  • You'll have opportunities to network with researchers active in a wide range of marine science specialities including geomorphology, marine ecology, ecotoxicology and aquaculture.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates from this major will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Marine Science Association, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Career information

Careers

  • Aquaculturalist
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Environmental officer
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Marine scientist
  • Natural resource manager

Industries

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal management
  • Ecotourism
  • Fisheries
  • Marine conservation
  • Pollution control

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced knowledge in coastal and marine science enabling the ability to contribute new knowledge to the field.
  • Critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in marine science, address them by applying practical and theoretical tools; critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge.
  • Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own work.
  • Communicate approaches and solutions, ideas and findings to informed professional scientific and industry audiences.
  • Use established and emerging technologies related to marine science and apply them within the context of the profession.
  • Engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in marine science.
  • Participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems; demonstrate compliance with international ethical and professional standards.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact research in marine science or the broader profession.
  • Be able to work as an independent marine scientist and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of marine science.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing7.0
Speaking7.0
Reading7.0
Listening7.0
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    at least one of Chemistry ATAR; Biology ATAR; Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR.

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    at least one of Chemistry ATAR; Biology ATAR; Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR.

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    at least one of Chemistry ATAR; Biology ATAR; Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR.

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    at least one of Chemistry ATAR; Biology ATAR; Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • Attained an ATAR of 95; or
  • Completed 200 credits over one year, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • Met the prerequisites.

Maths Methods prerequisites can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR or equivalent; or
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus
  • MATH1015 Linear Algebra 1 with a final mark of at least 70; or
  • MATH1016 Calculus 1 or
  • MATH1017 Accelerated Mathematics 1

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

This course is designed for high performing science students. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. If that standard is not reached students will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science).

Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADCMS
  • Last updated on: October 27, 2021