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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 the major, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevance to the discipline
  • understand and apply the scientific method
  • critically review and interpret scientific information
  • develop scientific hypotheses
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
  • work both independently and within interdisciplinary research groups
  • value ethical behaviour.

Program of study

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 1 topics

27 units comprising:

Core - Year 1 Topics

 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1001  Environment and Society  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1003  Introduction to Geographical Information Systems  (4.5 units)
 STAT1121  Data Science  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 Topics

Plus one of:

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)
 NMCY1001  Academic and Professional Numeracy  (4.5 units)

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 2 topics

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 2 Topics

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

Option - Year 2 Topics

 Plus two topics chosen from the Options list^

Major - Ocean and Climate Sciences - Year 3 topics

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 3 Topics

 EASC3742  Earth Fluid Modelling  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3791  Coastal Environments  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 Topics

 Plus two topics chosen from the Options list^

^Options List

 ENVS2731  Coastal Processes  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3711  Introduction to Managing Coastal and Marine Environments  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)