Coastal and Marine Science
|Indicative ATAR||70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Covering over 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, oceans are a source of life, food and precious resources. Coastal zones are under increasing pressure from human activities such as commercial fisheries, oil and gas extraction, township growth, resorts, tourism and recreation.
This major reflects the growing need to sustain and protect Australia’s coastline, with an emphasis on resource management.
What the course involves
In your first year you will complete an environmental science foundation year that provides an appropriate basis for studying the physical, chemical and biological conditions of various environments and their effects on organisms. This foundation year acts as a pathway to the major in coastal and marine science in your second year.
In this major, you will study the complexity of coastal and marine environments, why they are vital to our existence, and how they may be protected.
Your study will cover different areas of science, including biology, geology, environmental management, oceanography and aquaculture and will include both theory and practical activities.
To enrol in any of the environment majors, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for your chosen major.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
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.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics 2C/2D
- At least one science course. Biological Sciences 3A/3B, Chemistry 3A/3B, Earth and Environmental Science 3A/3B, Human Biological Science 3A/3B, Integrated Science 3A/3 or Physics 3A/3B; or TEE Biology, TEE Chemistry, TEE Human Biology, TEE Physical Science or TEE Physics satisfies this requirement.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
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.
*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.
This course can help you become a:
- Natural Resource Manager
- Marine Biologist
- Environmental Scientist
- Aquaculture Technician
- Fisheries Officer
- Aquatic Biomonitoring Consultant
- Conservation Analyst
- Environmental Planner
- Environmental Policy Manager/Advisor
- EPA Inspector
- Fisheries Scientist
- Marine Mine Site Ecologist
- Regional Development Advisor
- 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.
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.