Unit Set Information

Marine and Freshwater Science Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MAMAFW

The major is 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. Students combining this major with Biological Science will be well-skilled in understanding the biological aspects of the aquatic realm, while those studying a second major in either Conservation Biology or Environmental Management will have a skill set suited to management of marine systems. Those interested in working in fisheries should ensure that they include additional mathematics and computing among their course electives.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at Joondalup

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

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

Major Structure

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
SCI3120 ^Natural Sciences Project15
SCM2201 ^ *Soil and Land Processes15
SCI3453 ^Sustainable Natural Resource Management15

^ Core Option
* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.