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About this major

Mitigating and managing the marine environment to withstand constant and highly variable climate change is a strategic science and research priority of the Australian government. The Marine Science major draws together relevant material to create a multi disciplinary curriculum that provides you with in-depth knowledge in a range of marine science. The major is explicitly science-based but seeks to provide you with a broader range of capabilities and an interdisciplinary mind-set to service the large and growing demand for coastal and marine experts in a range of fields.

For an indicative unit of study table showing how you can major in Marine Studies, refer to the faculty handbook.

Graduate opportunities

As a marine scientist, you can observe, measure and experiment in marine environments and habitats. You might find work constructing theories to explain what you see and measure in marine environments. You may work in laboratories, or in the field - gathering and interpreting data and material which may be collected in a variety of ways, from the physical collection of data and specimens to the utilisation of satellite data-gathering technology.
Career pathways

Become an expert in marine biology, climate change, coastal erosion, marine sustainability, aquaculture or land and coastal management, working on the frontline of issues of global importance. Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including fisheries, parks and wildlife; environmental and coastal protection; marine and atmospheric research; electricity, gas, water and waste services; environment, urban planning and heritage agencies; and working as consultants for global organisations.

Courses that offer this major

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