The course aims to create an educational environment that will mentor students to: * gain a broad biological understanding of the structure and function of living organisms; * appreciate the underlying physical forces which shape marine ecosystems; * understand the fundamental processes involved in marine ecosystem function; * develop a high level of scientific knowledge of the living components of the world's oceans; * identify and understand current topical issues in marine biology and the life sciences; * appreciate the nature, utility and limitations of the scientific method; * be able to apply this knowledge to solve a broad array of scientific and non-scientific problems through critical analysis; * understand the political, economic and cultural contexts in which scientists work; * be adept at working effectively in multidisciplinary teams and valuing diverse points of view; * be effective oral, written and interpersonal communicators to a wide range of audiences; * be empowered to become life-long learners who are able and willing to cope with change; * act ethically as professionals. Learning outcomes On completion of their degree, students will have developed a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in their science discipline and a range of transferable professional skills. Subject knowledge Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * employ knowledge, skills and scientific techniques to research, monitor and report on marine processes and to manage and conserve marine resources; * identify and understand current topical issues in marine biology and the life sciences and make a contribution to developing a further understanding of these issues; * appreciate the nature, utility and limitations of the scientific method; * recognise the political, economic and cultural contexts in which scientists work. Transferable professional skills Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * employ scientific methodologies such as experimental design, and the critical analysis of data; * communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms; * interact effectively as part of a team in order to work towards a common outcome; * work and learn independently; * reason critically and logically and make independent judgements; * engage effectively with information and communication technologies; * demonstrate research skills appropriate for further study and employment; * appreciate the need for continuing professional development; and * act ethically as professionals.
The Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology will introduce you to all aspects of marine science.
It combines technical depth with great flexibility, allowing you to tailor your progress, skills and knowledge to suit your interests.
Great emphasis is placed on teamwork, project design, sampling protocols, in-depth analysis, and written and oral communication, including discussion of key topics.
You will also conduct practical exercises on marine organisms, collecting real data from the marine environment and undertaking research projects onshore, in our aquarium facilities, or at sea.
The course provides graduates with a mix of generic and specific skills that will make you competitive for jobs in marine biology and prepare you for employment in a wide range of potential disciplines.
What is Marine Biology?
Marine biology is the study of the living world in the sea, from the simple molecules that support life to the complex interactions between populations of many species.
The range of specialty areas is huge. There are Marine biologists who study the basic biochemistry of marine organisms, or the growth or behaviour of individual plants or animals. Some adopt an even larger perspective and study how entire marine ecosystems function.
Why study Marine Biology at Flinders?
-We have a large team of marine biologists and oceanographers undertaking world-class research on current issues in marine science. We also have a team of aquaculturists, who are major partners in 2 seafood related CRCs (Cooperative Research Centre) and offer links between the 2 degrees.
-We are a lead partner in the Marine Innovation SA (MISA), which facilitates research, and infrastructure in the areas of Biosecurity, Ecosystem Services, Aquaculture Innovation and Product Quality and Value Adding. Through MISA:
-we expanded the Lincoln Marine Science Centre in Pt Lincoln, providing further opportunities for research and teaching in marine biology and marine resource use
-we increased our academic staff numbers, as a result of MISA's joint appointments with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
-Our marine biology lecturers have strong links with the national and international community, industry and government departments.
-Students are introduced to a range of local marine biology practitioners and taken on field trips to see the facilities at SARDI Aquatic Sciences West Beach and on board the SARDI research vessel Ngerin.
-An extensive array of equipment & infrastructure to support marine research including current meters/profilers, flow-through fluorometers, underwater digital video, submersible multiprobes, particle-size analyser, recirculating seawater aquarium systems with over 20,000 litres total capacity, photo/video-microscopes, etc.
Combined degree options
Duration (full-time equivalent)
Bachelor of Innovation and Enterprise (Science & Technology)
Refer to Science and Technology combined degrees for further information.
What can I do with my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology degree?
Study a language
Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.
The Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or equivalent part-time).
The course is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
The structure of the course allows students to undertake the University's Globalisation program as part of their degree.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [February, 2009]
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 108 units for the degree.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
36 units comprising:
Molecular Basis of Life
Evolution of Biological Diversity
Professional Skills for Marine Biologists
Marine Sciences 1
Chemistry 1A, or
Introduction to Chemistry A, and
Chemistry 1B, or
Introduction to Chemistry B
and 9 units of elective topics selected from any offered by the University, provided entry and course requirements are met.#
# For a list of recommended First Year electives see below.
36 units comprising:
Marine Organisms and Environments
Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity
Functional Biology and Experimental Design
Coasts and Oceans
Animal Diversity, or
Marine and Terrestrial Animal Diversity
plus 6 or 9 units of electives. While students may select electives from any area of the University, they may wish to choose electives that articulate with their First Year electives.
36 units comprising:
Aquatic Life Histories
Marine Biology Research Project
Marine Ecological Processes
plus 15 units of electives from science or non-science areas (students may wish to choose electives that articulate with their First and Second Year electives).
Introduction to Aquaculture
Biology and Society
Earth and Environment 1
Introduction to Globalisation
Data Analysis Laboratory
Environment, Economy and Culture
Science and Society
Physics for the Life Sciences A
Physics for the Life Sciences B
Second Year and/or Third Year
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Disease and Immunology
Plant and Algal Biology: From Environment to Biotechnology
Behaviour and Ecology
Introduction to Ecotourism
Foundations in Microbiology
Animal Disease and Defence
Research Project in Biology A
Advanced Microbiology: Microbial Ecology and Infectious Disease
Plant Ecology and Evolution
Conservation and Restoration
Global Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Statistics for Biology
A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.
To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study in an approved program.
36 units comprising:
BIOL7027 Marine Biology Honours Research Project (24 units). Students should enrol in a combination of sub-topics chosen from the following, ensuring that they enrol in 24 units overall.
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (6/24 units), Part 1
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (6/24 units), Part 2
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (6/24 units), Part 3
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (6/24 units), Part 4
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (9/24 units)
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (18/24 units)
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (12/24 units), Part 1
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (12/24 units), Part 2
Marine Biology Honours Research Project (15/24 units)
plus 12 units selected from the following:
Biology Honours Research Proposal
Biology Honours Literature Review
Scientific Method and Data Presentation
Critical Readings in Biology
or other topics approved by the honours assessment panel, appropriate to a student's program.
Students may use their elective topics to undertake the University's Globalisation program as part of their degree. The program is unique to Flinders. There are no prerequisites and no prior knowledge is assumed in any topic. GLOB3002 is available only to students taking a major sequence of 33 units in Globalisation.
A minor sequence in the Globalisation program is comprised of 21 units. It must include both First Year topics (9 units) and 2 out of 3 upper year topics (12 units). Each First Year topic is available as an elective topic. Single upper year topics may be available as electives subject to the agreement of the Faculty where the subject-matter of the topic is deemed relevant to the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.
Cannot be taken at honours level.