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Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)

Course code G87

Designed for students with an interest in aquatic ecosystems, the course introduces the biological and physical processes that occur in both marine and freshwater systems.

There is an emphasis on the continuity of these environments across the transition from freshwater to estuarine and into marine systems. Students develop skills that are required to understand and manage such systems. Students benefit from a learning environment inspired by world class research academics with strong industry and government links.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

G87

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,550

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

G87

CRICOS code

057984F

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,250

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Duration

3 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
SCI1187Form and Function in Biology15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science15
Select 1 unit from:
SCC1123 ^Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCC1111 ^General Chemistry15

Note: Students who have completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent should enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry, while those that have not completed Chemistry ATAR should enrol in SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1182Case Studies in Science15
SCI1183Origins and Evolution of Life15
SCI1185Ecology15
SCI1192Physical Environments15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
SCM2110Marine and Freshwater Processes15
SCM2201Soil and Land Processes15
Elective Unitx115
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2111Marine and Fisheries Biology15
SCI2116Diversity of Life15
Elective Unitx 230

For students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3210Marine and Coastal Ecosystems15
Elective Unitx 345
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
SCI3150Science Project15
SCI3113Freshwater Ecosystems15
Elective Unitx 115

For students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3210Marine and Coastal Ecosystems15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCB3201Studies in Ecology15
SCI3113Freshwater Ecosystems15
Year 3 - Summer
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3345Work Experience Project60
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI2118Australian Biota15
SCI2371Sustainable Water15
SCI3102Environmental Study Tour15
SCI3114Ecophysiology15
SCI3206Environmental Investigation and Monitoring15
SCI3453Sustainable Natural Resource Management15
SCM2104Geographical Information Systems15
ACS2122Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment15
MAT2110Applied Statistics15

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course 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 marine and freshwater science 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 solution.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,250 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of Marine and Freshwater Biology will possess skills that are applicable in a wide range of aquatic science professions in research, industry, teaching and government agencies. These may include careers in marine and coastal management, fisheries research and management, marine biology, wetland ecology and water resource management.

Possible future job titles

Marine Scientist, Aquatic Biologist, Marine Park Manager, Marine Biologist, Environmental Officer, Water Manager, Catchment Coordinator, Aquatic Scientist, Natural Resource Manager, Fisheries Officer

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Student
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  • "Field experience and flexibility"
    Holly WinkleMarine and Freshwater Biology student

    Environmental Science and Marine and Biology student Holly Winkle talks about having the flexibility to study across disciplines.

  • "I've always had an interest in the environment and chose ECU because it offers hands-on, job-ready degrees"
    Kendra Campbell
    Kendra CampbellECU Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) student

    I have learnt so much from being out in the field and putting lecture content into practice. I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity to go on a two-week study tour in the Gascoyne region of WA.

    I have also been involved in a number of volunteering opportunities, with Fisheries and Parks and Wildlife and these have been valuable learning experiences.

    I found the lecturers really passionate and knowledgeable about their study area. As part of our third year of study, we have field trips with government departments, such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife. This will also be very useful when applying for jobs in the future.

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