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Karina Inostroza

Karina Inostroza

Karina Inostroza

"My lecturers were passionate and committed."

"What excited me about Marine and Freshwater Management was that the learning modes were so diverse: Lecturers provide the literature and essential readings; Laboratory sessions allowed us to develop scientific skills; And field trips provided the opportunity to apply our learning into the real world. I never imagined uni would involve SCUBA exploration! As far as the staff went, I found them passionate and committed. They were always available and supportive - whenever you happened to need them. In fact I enjoyed the 'ECU experience' so much that I've decided to stay on for postgraduate studies!"

Marine and Freshwater Biology Honours student


The School of Natural Sciences prides itself on being a leader in research and teaching excellence in the areas of Biology, Environment, and Chemistry. In addition, through the Centre for Brewing and Malting, our school offers one of the few brewing postgraduate courses in the South-East Asian region.

Our school is housed in modern, state-of-the-art facilities located at ECU’s Joondalup Campus. Students can enjoy great laboratories as well as a host of research facilities including specialist laboratories for ecology, plant tissue culture, analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, freshwater and marine science, and geographic information systems. We also provide constant temperature and aquarium rooms, outdoor experimental aquatic facilities, glasshouses, shade houses and operate two large surveyed boats for marine work, several dinghies and a fleet of 4WD and 2WD vehicles.

Our school’s courses in the science and environmental areas were rated as average or better in teaching quality, generic skills and overall satisfaction by the Good Universities Guide (2010 and 2011), placing us in the top 5 Universities in Australia for these measures.

Our courses have a strong emphasis on practical skills in the laboratory or field and we provide students with as many opportunities as possible to practice these skills in real world projects or scenarios. Courses are informed through a range of consultative committees who meet regularly to ensure relevance to industry needs. Programs are externally reviewed by relevant accreditation panels and the University’s school review process.

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