To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:


An oceanographer/meteorologist/climatologist is a scientist who understands how the ocean/climate system operates, has broad interdisciplinary knowledge in this field, can apply the scientific method to explore problems of relevance to this discipline, is able to use analytical methods/computer software to analyse relevant data, and can contribute to an advance of knowledge in this discipline.

The educational aims of this major are to provide students with an overview of processes that shape the Earth''s environment with a particular focus on aspects relating to the ocean and climate.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this major, students are expected to:

  • have gained a comprehensive knowledge of relevance to the discipline
  • understand and be able to apply the scientific method
  • be able to critically review and interpret scientific information
  • be able to develop scientific hypotheses
  • be able to communicate effectively
  • be able to work both independently and within interdisciplinary research groups
  • value ethical behaviour.

Program of study

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 1 topics

The following topics must be selected as part of the 36-unit First Year program:

 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 ENVS1001  Introduction to Environmental Investigations  (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals  (4.5 units)

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 2 topics

18 units comprising

 EASC2701  Coasts and Oceans  (4.5 units)
 EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 STAT1121  Data Science  (4.5 units)
 STAT1122  Biostatistics  (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 ENVS2731  Coastal Processes  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 3 topics

18 units comprising:

 EASC3742  Earth Fluid Modelling  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3791  Coastal Environments  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)

Plus one from

 ENVS2731  Coastal Processes  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)


Fourth Year Honours Program - Meteorology and Oceanography for students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Honours) 4 Year or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers.