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  • Objectives
    Enables students to make a positive contribution to management and understanding of Marine and Freshwater environments. The program focuses on both the theoretical and practical dimensions of aquatic environments. The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) aims to provide graduates with a range of skills that prepare them for work in aquatic science professions.
  • Entry requirements
    Minimum admission requirements apply to enter this course.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)
  • Course description
    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) degree is a 360 credit point (26 unit) three year degree which may be studied in full-time or part-time mode.

    The degree has two main components:

    (i) a foundation program in the first year; (120 credit points)

    (ii) a major program in the second and third years consisting of a number of specified units (180 credit points) and electives (60 credit points).

    Year One
    Unit          Description                                     Points

    Semester 1
    SCC1123   Chemistry for the Life Sciences         15
    SCI1181    Managing the Environment               15
    SCI1182    Case Studies in Science                    15
    SCI1187    Form and Function in Biology            15
    SCI1120    Natural Sciences Practicum 1             0

    Semester 2
    SCI1183    Origins and Evolution of Life             15
    SCI1184    Australia's Physical Environment      15
    SCI1185    Ecology                                             15
    SCI1186    Understanding Pollution                   15

    Year Two
    Unit           Description                                         Points

    Semester 1
    SCM2202    Applied Aquatic Processes                     15
    SCB2222    Cellular and Molecular Biology                15
    SCB2322    Genetics and Evolution                           15
    Elective unit (15 credit points)

    Semester 2
    SCI2257    Water and Wetlands Management         15
    SCB2423    Plant Diversity                                        15
    SCB2424    Animal Diversity                                      15
    SCC1201    Chemistry: Structure and Reactions      15

    Year Three
    Unit          Description                                                         Points

    Semester 1
    SCI3256    Coastal and Marine Management                          15
    SCI3206    Environmental Investigation and Monitoring         15
    SCI3214    Natural Sciences Practicum 2                                  0
    Elective unit (15 credit points)
    Elective unit (15 credit points)

    Semester 2
    SCI3356    Fisheries and Aquaculture                                     15
    SCI3122    Sustainable Water Resource Management           15
    SCI3301    Catchment Health and Management                     15
    SCM3203    Environmental Impact Assessment                      15

    Elective Units
    Students must choose three of the following elective units.


    Unit           Description                                       Points
    SCI3307    Waste Management                             15
    SCC3203    Instrumental Analysis                          15
    SCM2201    Soil and Land Processes                     15
    SCB3523    Plant Physiology and Adaptation         15

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