Get a broad understanding of the biology of marine organisms, their relationships with the physico-chemical marine environment, and their potential responses to changes. The degree provides you with the ability to acquire extensive knowledge in marine biodiversity, ecology, genetics, conservation, fisheries and related areas, and builds transferable skills.
Learn from internationally eminent marine biologists and oceanographers undertaking world-class research on current issues in marine science
Focus on global environmental issues related to the oceans and marine life
No background in science required, just an inquiring mind
Combines cutting-edge technical and theoretical knowledge with flexibility, allowing you to tailor your progress, skills and knowledge to suit your interests
Opportunities to participate in marine-based fieldwork, including field trips to different marine bio-regions
The range of specialty areas and career opportunities are expansive. 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.
Potential occupations include:
marine and coastal community education officer
oceans science project officer
marine policy officer
marine parks scientist.
Potential employers include:
coastal and marine industries
research and development organisations
What you will study
A typical first year may include:
core topics in evolution of biological diversity, the molecular basis of life, introduction to marine biology, marine sciences, the nature of science, and biostatistics
a topic in chemical structure and bonding or general chemistry
study of chemistry for the life sciences
A typical second year may include:
core topics in experimental design and statistics for biology; genetics, evolution and biodiversity; ecology; animal diversity; marine ecology; and coasts and oceans
a selection of elective topics
A typical third year may include:
core topics in conservation biology and restoration ecology; marine and freshwater biology; plant and algal diversity; marine mammals, birds and reptiles; and fisheries biology, science and management
a biology research project
A typical honours year may include:
a major marine biology research thesis allowing high-performing students to progress to a higher degree by research
further development of professional skills, particularly those relevant to research and development
The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.
Develop research techniques including fieldwork, survey design, statistical analysis, spatial data analysis (including geographic information systems), and other forms of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Learn to retrieve, synthesise and communicate information, as well as managing data and drawing on different sources of knowledge.
Undertake a negotiated project area based on your interests, such as a literature study, field or laboratory investigation, modelling or data analysis study, or an industry or simulated work integrated learning assignment
What you will need
As part of the degree, you will be expected to perform tasks requiring walking and manual dexterity in field and laboratory situations.
There are opportunities to take your studies overseas through internships and short-term study abroad programs, including international exchange programs with other universities.
At Flinders University, we recognise that careers are evolving and the workplace of the future will look very different from today.
Whatever undergraduate course you are studying at Flinders you can add innovation and enterprise electives to your degree to gain new, adaptable and transferrable skills that will equip you for changes in the global job market.
These innovation and enterprise electives prepare you for the careers of tomorrow by developing what we like to call ‘personal enterprise skills’ – the innate ability to adapt to whatever life throws at you, professionally and personally.
Pursue multiple passions with a combined degree
Expand your career options by combining this degree with one of the following:
Applicants can apply for this course using Year 12 qualifications, previous higher education study, TAFE/VET qualifications, or through adult entry (STAT/Foundation Studies/tertiary preparation course).
If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.
This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.