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Coastal and Marine Science

Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-CAMSC Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full time

Course overview

The need to sustain Australia's marine environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by climate change, increasing resource extraction and coastal development. Coastal and marine scientists are essential to ensuring the sustainable management of this environment.

This course reflects the growing need to protect Australia’s coastline, with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management. It has been designed with industry input to deliver a learning experience focused on developing scientific and marine research skills. The course is delivered by staff actively researching a variety of fields, including fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The result is a dynamic and engaging learning environment in which teaching is informed by current research.

Find out more about studying Coastal and Marine Science at Curtin

What the course involves

Throughout this course, you will be challenged to think as a marine scientist, developing your initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

You will also interact with people working in marine and coastal science and management, such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries, the WA Environmental Protection Authority, marine science consultancies, the mining and petroleum industries and Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

You can study this major as part of a science and arts or science and commerce double degree.

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Fisheries Officer
Other career opportunities include:
  • Aquatic Biomonitoring Consultant
  • Conservation Analyst
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Policy Manager/Advisor
  • EPA Inspector
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Marine Mine Site Ecologist
  • Regional Development Advisor
  • Aquaculturalist 
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Environment consultant

Why Coastal and Marine Science?

  • You will undertake extensive fieldwork as part of this major, including a 10 day study tour in second year to visit coastal infrastructure and installations on the West Australian coast.
  • You will interact with people working in coastal zone management such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries, and resource and tourism businesses.
  • Curtin uses innovative teaching tools such as 'piercam' to bring the coastal environment into the classroom. Piercam is an underwater camera permanently stationed on Ningaloo Reef, which broadcasts live vision via the web. A further camera is to be installed on the North West Cape, to track whale migration.
  • Graduates are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.

How this course will make you industry ready

Opportunities in coastal and marine science are growing rapidly. Graduates with skills in both physical and life sciences are sought by federal, state and local government, as well as environmental consultancies and non-government organisations, to devise solutions and advise on how to tackle future challenges.

Many graduates work as environmental and engineering consultants. They may also obtain jobs in fisheries, pollution control, planning, oceanography or coastal management, in both public and private organisations.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.