• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biology
  • Major code MARS-MAJ

Marine ecosystems play a central role in the health and function of our planet. Given the increasing exploitation and modification by humankind, there is an urgent need for us to study and understand marine systems if management strategies are to succeed.

The Marine Science major is a multidisciplinary science program at the ANU that encompasses many fields, in particular, biology, chemistry, geology and physics, with an emphasis on understanding the coastal and open ocean environment through field, laboratory and modelling approaches.

This program aims at equipping students with the tools to understand and monitor coastal and oceanic processes and interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere under an ever changing climate that may affect marine resources. A major in Marine Sciences opens up possibilities for work in government agencies and science education. It serves as a pathway to higher degree research at Australian or overseas universities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Overview the advancement of the discipline and how that has influenced modern Marine Science.
  2. Have an understanding of the evolution of the oceans, and the organisms contained within, from a molecular to the global scale.
  3. Quantitatively analyse marine environments using a variety of observations and techniques.
  4. Draw on diverse learning environments including field, laboratory and classroom settings encompassing individual and group learning.
  5. Perform process-oriented, multidisciplinary studies to critically evaluate hypotheses and models on how our oceans and the life within operate.
  6. Write scientific reports and communicate efficiently with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Marine Science topics.
  7. Conduct themselves in a way that reflects professional expectations within the discipline.

Other Information

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006

This major is self contained. There is a pathway through the major that does not require prerequisites outside of the major however students are encouraged in first year to take appropriate foundation courses in earth science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and /or environmental science because of the interdisciplinary nature of Marine Sciences. Some of the first year courses in these disciplines are required as a basis for the higher-level Marine Science, Maths and Physics courses that are options in this major.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of the Marine Science major.

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Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of the following course:

EMSC1006 - The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science (6 units)

6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

CHEM1101 - Chemistry 1 (6 units)

CHEM1201 - Chemistry 2 (6 units)

BIOL1009 - Diversity of Life (6 units)

MATH1003 - Algebra and Calculus Methods (6 units)

MATH1013 - Mathematics and Applications 1 (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC2021 - Fundamentals of Climate System Science (6 units)

EMSC2024 - Geochemistry (6 units)

ENVS2004 - Weather, Climate and Fire (6 units)

MATH2305 - Applied Mathematics I (6 units)

PHYS2016 - Electromagnetism (6 units)

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL3116 - Marine Conservation Ecology (6 units)

EMSC3019 - Coral Reef Field Studies (6 units)

EMSC3023 - Marine Biogeochemistry (6 units)

EMSC3025 - Groundwater (6 units)

EMSC3027 - Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change (6 units)

ENVS3013 - Climatology (6 units)

ENVS3029 - Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL3208 - Biology Research Project (6 units)

EMSC3050 - Special Topics (6 units)

PHYS3042 - Research Topics Physics (6 units)

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