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Marine and Freshwater Science Major


Designed for students with an interest in aquatic environments.

Students study biological and physical processes that occur in both marine and freshwater systems, and develop skills to enable them to contribute to management and understanding of water-based ecosystems. There is an emphasis on the continuity of these environments across the transition from fresh water to estuarine and marine systems.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical marine and/or freshwater science situations.
  2. Apply ecological and digital literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  3. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  4. Demonstrate a global outlook on organismal diversity.
  5. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  6. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and design strategies to address marine or freshwater problems.
  7. Think critically to analyse, interpret complex marine and/or freshwater science problems and devise strategies for their solutions.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.


Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1187Form and Function in Biology15
SCM2110Marine and Freshwater Processes15
SCI2111Marine and Fisheries Biology15
SCI2371Sustainable Water15
SCI3113Freshwater Ecosystems15
SCI3210Marine and Coastal Ecosystems15
Plus 1 unit from:
SCB3201 ^Studies in Ecology15
SCI3150 ^Science Project15
SCM2201 ^Soil and Land Processes15
SCI3453 ^Sustainable Natural Resource Management15

^ Core Option

Possible future job titles

Marine Biologist, Marine Scientist, Environmental Officer, Water Manager, Marine Park Manager, Marine Park Ranger

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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