Marine Science

Why study a marine science major at the University of Newcastle?

71% of the earth is covered in ocean. So it’s 100% worth saving. Australia is responsible for approximately 16.1 million square kilometres of coastal shallows and ocean floor including the conservation of resources, control of pollution and management of species in these areas.

Studying a marine science major will see you explore the impacts of fishing, climate change and pollution, as well as learning how to manage these resources given our reliance on the marine environment for food, recreation, transport and energy.

When you study a major in marine science at UON you will build up your experience through practical activities in a range of marine habitats where you will learn to collect, analyse and present information appropriate for the workplace. The marine science major will give you access to boats, diving and field equipment plus a dedicated marine science lab used for undergraduate and postgraduate research activities.

Suitable for science students with:

  • An interest in learning about marine environments, their ecosystems and natural processes.
  • Goals to work with organisations facilitating conservation and management efforts in marine systems.
  • A commitment to preserving marine flora and fauna, conserving oceanic resources, and remediating the impact of human activities upon our marine wildlife.

What do you learn in a marine science major?

When you study a marine science major you will have the option to enrol in a variety of courses about:

  • Marine Biology and Ecology: A primary focus of the marine science major is understanding how marine ecosystems operate, and how marine populations interact with their environment. Courses in the biology and ecology of oceanic, estuarine and river marine life will provide the foundations for further specialisation in the later stages of your degree.
  • Marine Fisheries: You will learn about a variety of marine life including various species of fish, crustaceans, and whales who are targeted by commercial and recreational fisheries. You will study why these species are targeted and how they are used by humans once captured.
  • Marine Conservation and Sustainability: After studying courses in marine conservation issues during your first year of your degree, you will be able to specialise in marine conservation. This area of study will see you develop your knowledge of sustainable use of our maritime resources, and learn to develop strategies to advise organisations and communities about sustainability.

What jobs can you get with a marine science major?

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management marine science major, you will be privileged with a variety of career pathways. You can go on to work in government agencies concerned with coastal and marine investigation and management. Some of the agencies that provide jobs for marine scientists include:

  • department of environment and heritage
  • department of natural resources
  • environmental protection agency
  • fisheries
  • local councils and shires
  • national parks and wildlife service
  • private industries such as environmental/marine consultancies, universities

UON has a close working relationship with government and community agencies, including the NSW Fisheries and the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre. You will  have the opportunity to undergo work placements and research activities with potential  employers.

You are encouraged to complete Honours study after your undergraduate degree, which involves completing a research project alongside a supervisor and industry to develop workplace skills.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management and any associated degree program allow you to study a major in marine science.

The marine science major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Central Coast campus.