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Coastal and Marine Science

Coastal and Marine Science

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-CAMSC

Major
Coastal and Marine Science Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

Think like a marine scientist, and develop your ability to understand and help protect the marine environment.

Coastal and Marine Science

Megan Cundy

The practical components of the course were so beneficial. In one unit we went to Coral Bay, north of Perth, to carry out our own research projects. In small groups, we designed the sampling programs, collected the data, analysed the results and developed a research paper.

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Cutting-edge

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

Industry links

Staff are actively conducting research in areas such as fish ecology, coral reef ecology, aquaculture and marine pollution.

The need for coastal and marine scientists to ensure the sustainable management of 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.

This major reflects the growing need to protect Australia’s coastline, with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management.

It has been designed with industry input to deliver a learning experience focused on developing scientific and marine research  skills. The course is informed and delivered by staff who actively research in fields including fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

You will be challenged to think as a marine scientist, developing your initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

You will also interact with people working in marine and coastal science and management, such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries, the WA Environmental Protection Authority, marine science consultancies, and Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

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

This major can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • You will undertake extensive fieldwork as part of this major, including a 10 day study tour in second year to visit coastal infrastructure and installations on the West Australian coast.
  • You will interact with people working in coastal zone management such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries, and resource and tourism businesses.
  • Curtin uses innovative teaching tools such as 'piercam' to bring the coastal environment into the classroom. Piercam is an underwater camera permanently stationed on Ningaloo Reef, which broadcasts live vision via the web. A further camera is to be installed on the North West Cape, to track whale migration.
  • Graduates are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.

How this course will make you industry ready

Opportunities in coastal and marine science are growing rapidly. Graduates with skills in both physical and life sciences are sought by federal, state and local government, as well as environmental consultancies and non-government organisations, to devise solutions and advise on how to tackle future challenges.

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 will be eligible for membership of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

Career information

Careers

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

Industries

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

Further study

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Master of Science (Dryland Agricultural Systems)
  • Master of Science (Sustainability Management)
  • Master of Science (Water Quality and Treatment)
  • Master of Philosophy 
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate professional and ethical practice in keeping with community and industry standards, and relevant to marine science
  • apply principles and practices of environmental and biological science to the planning and sustainable management of coastal zones
  • apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing Australia’s coastal zones
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making; critically assess the value of information and available data in the creation of a scientifically-based argument
  • demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to the conduct of a science professional
  • argue the merits and limitations of current and developing technologies in marine and coastal research and management
  • use research and learning skills to maintain currency of knowledge of the science related to management of coastal and marine areas; evaluate and actively engage in their own continued learning and development as environmental scientists
  • recognise the national and global imperatives driving coastal changes to biological, chemical and physical systems; integrate international case studies and experiences in the application of knowledge to coastal decision-making
  • incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in the development of solutions to issues relating to the coastal zone

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

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 completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

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 : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

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 : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

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 includes 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 also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • 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 Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

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 met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisite.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Math Applications ATAR.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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 Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CAMSC
  • Last updated on: December 9, 2019