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Coastal and Marine Science

Coastal and Marine Science

Undergraduate Major


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


Be a part of Australia's coastal and marine science community that is ensuring the sustainable management of our marine environment.

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.


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.

Top 1 %

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Marine environments all around the world are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and continued coastal development and resources extraction.

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

The course is informed and delivered by staff with research expertise in fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. It has been designed with industry input, to ensure you develop scientific and marine research skills. You will be challenged to think as a marine scientist, developing your initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

During your studies you’ll interact with professionals working in marine and coastal science and management, such as Western Australia’s departments of Fisheries, Environmental Protection, and Environment and Conservation; marine science consultancies; and Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science). It can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

Double degree options

You can study a Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science) with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

Opportunities in coastal and marine science are growing rapidly. Graduates are sought in various industries and organisations – including federal, state and local governments,  environmental consultancies and non-government organisations – to devise solutions and advise on how to tackle future challenges.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • You'll undertake extensive fieldwork as part of this major, including a 10-day study tour to visit coastal infrastructure and installations on the Western Australian coast.
  • You'll interact with professionals working in coastal zone management, such as WA's Department of Fisheries and Department of Environment and Conservation, as well as resource and tourism businesses.
  • Curtin uses innovative teaching tools such as 'piercam' to bring the coastal environment into the classroom. Stationed on Ningaloo Reef, piercam is an underwater camera that broadcasts live vision via the web. A second camera will be installed on the North West Cape to track whale migration.

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 are eligible for membership of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

Career information


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


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

Further study

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

Entry requirements

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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

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.

Application information

 To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).


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 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.

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

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CAMSC
  • Last updated on: November 27, 2020