Coastal and Marine Science
- Coastal and Marine Science Major (BSc Science)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 70
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Think like a marine scientist, and develop your ability to understand and help protect the marine environment.
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.
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)
Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.
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).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
This major can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course.
- 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.
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.
Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.
- Environmental officer
- Fisheries scientist
- Marine scientist
- Natural resource manager
- Coastal management
- Marine conservation
- Pollution control
- 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
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)|
|Overall band score||6.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||5|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||60|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||70|
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Essential course prerequisites
Mathematics. One science subject is desirable.
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.
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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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.
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Fees & charges
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-CAMSC
- Last updated on: January 15, 2020