Marine Science


Marine Science looks at all aspects of the marine environment from sea-bed currents to dolphin communication. It encompasses many sciences from geology and physics to engineering and food technology. Marine Science can be studied with an emphasis on biology, earth sciences, environmental chemistry, oceanography or physical oceanography. Marine Biologists look at life on the shore and in the oceans and estuaries, often working along side other marine scientists: for example, with geologists who study the topography of the ocean floor, sediments and marine resources; with physical oceanographers who study the waves, currents and tides; or with chemists who study the chemical composition of seawater, including the concentrations of pollutants and nutrients. Marine biologists may therefore be involved in multidisciplinary research programs that aim at understanding the interrelations between organisms and their environment.Graduates find employment in many different government departments and research organisations (for example, fisheries, marine parks, museums, CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, universities) as well as in the tourism industry. There are two growing sectors of private industry which are providing career opportunities for marine scientists. These are consultant companies, which undertake specialist research in specific areas, and the aquaculture industry, which is cultivating an increasing number of fish, shellfish and crustaceans for human consumption as well as pearls. In addition, many of the larger energy and mineral resource companies have their own specialist research and development departments which employ marine science graduates.

Studying Marine Science at UNSW

The study of Marine Science at UNSW is primarily through the Centre of Marine and Coastal Studies Undergraduate programs for specialisation in Marine Science are: the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science), the Bachelor of Environmental Science, the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Advanced Science) and several combined degree programs. Postgraduate study in Marine Science is also available.

Marine Science can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name At the Level of Stream
3042 Chemical Eng/Science Major MSCIM13042
3047 Petroleum Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13047
3102 Industrial Chemistry/Science Major MSCIM13102
3142 Mining Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13142
3154 Actuarial Studies / Science Major MSCIM13154
3457 Music / Science Major MSCIM13457
3458 Music / Advanced Science Honours MSCIJH3458
3529 Commerce/Science Major MSCIM13529
3563 Economics / Science Major MSCIM13563
3566 Economics / Science (Adv Sc) Honours MSCIJH3566
3593 Commerce / Advanced Science Honours MSCIJH3593
3634 Photonic Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13634
3641 Telecommunications/Science Major MSCIM13641
3651 Software Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13651
3655 PV and Solar Energy/Science Major MSCIM13655
3658 Renewable Energy/Science Major MSCIM13658
3711 Mechanical & Manf Eng/Science Major MSCIM13711
3725 Electrical Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13725
3726 Computer Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13726
3730 Civil Engineering/Science Major MSCIM13730
3735 Environmental Engineering/Scie Major MSCIM13735
3746 Surveying and SIS/Science Major MSCIM13746
3755 Bioinformatics/Science Major MSCIM13755
3767 Engineering (Hons) / Science Major MSCIM13767
3925 Science and Business Major MSCIM13925
3926 Science / Fine Arts Major MSCIM13926
3930 Science/Arts Major MSCIM13930
3931 Advanced Science/Arts Honours MSCIJH3931
3937 Science/Social Rsch & Policy Major MSCIM13937
3938 Adv Science/Soc Rsch & Policy Honours MSCIJH3938
3941 Advanced Science / Engineering Honours MSCIJH3941
3943 Environmental Management/Arts Major MSCIM13943
3944 Advanced Science / Fine Arts Honours MSCIJH3944
3945 Advanced Science / Computer Sc Honours MSCIJH3945
3965 Environmental Management Major MSCIM13965
3966 Life Sciences Major MSCIM13966
3970 Science Major MSCIM13970
3972 Advanced Science Honours MSCIJH3972
3983 Science/Computer Science Major MSCIM13983
3987 Science (International) Major MSCIM13987
3997 Science (Advanced) (Hons)/Law Honours MSCIJH3997
4076 Science/Education (Secondary) Major MSCIM14076
4500 Science (Honours) Honours MSCIJH4500
4770 Science / Law Major MSCIM14770
4772 Science and Business / Law Major MSCIM14772

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Marine and Coastal Science can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name At the Level of Stream
3458 Music / Advanced Science Major MSCIS13458
3566 Economics / Science (Adv Sc) Major MSCIS13566
3593 Commerce / Advanced Science Major MSCIS13593
3762 Adv Science/Engineering (Hons) Major MSCIS13762
3931 Advanced Science/Arts Major MSCIS13931
3936 Adv Science/Social Science Major MSCIS13936
3938 Adv Science/Soc Rsch & Policy Major MSCIS13938
3944 Advanced Science / Fine Arts Major MSCIS13944
3945 Advanced Science / Computer Sc Major MSCIS13945
3972 Advanced Science Major MSCIS13972
3997 Science (Advanced) (Hons)/Law Major MSCIS13997

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