• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Climate
  • Specialisation code MARS-SPEC
Marine Science Specialisation Specialisation

Co-requisite majors: Earth Science (EART-MAJ) , Climate Science (CLSC-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 specialisation explores the connections between 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 Marine Science specialisation, in conjunction with the Earth Science and Climate Science Majors 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. Describe the biogeochemical properties of the oceans, and the role organisms play in shaping these properties from the molecular to the global scale.
  2. Quantitatively analyse marine environments using a variety of observations and techniques.
  3. Utilise numerical techniques to quantify processes that influence the oceans.
  4. Develop theoretical and practical skills required for Earth Sciences.
  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.

Other Information

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006 and/or EMSC1008, CHEM1101 and a 1000 level MATH course.

A Marine Science specialisation must be taken with an Earth Science Major or s Climate Science Major and will broaden the skills and knowledge in dealing with complex systems. Students should map the prerequisites of the courses through their preferred major to make sure they enrol in the correct first year courses.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Environmental Geology specialisation.

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This specialisation can only be taken in conjunction with the following Majors:

This Undergraduate Specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, of which:

6 units must come from completion of the following compulsory course:

EMSC3023 Marine Biogeochemistry (6 units)

18 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the following list:

EMSC3019 Coral Reef Studies (6 units)

EMSC3020 Geobiology and Evolution of Life on Earth (6 units)

EMSC3027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change (6 units)

EMSC3025 Remote Sensing of Water Resources (6 units)

EMSC3050 Special Topics (6 units)

ENVS3013 Climate Change: Past, Present and Future (6 units)

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