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G87 Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)

The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) course is designed to enable students to make a positive contribution to management and understanding of  Marine and Freshwater environments. The program focuses on both the theoretical and practical dimensions of aquatic environments. The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) program comprises 26 units and normally requires three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) to complete. However, exemptions may be granted to students who have successfully studied in another program allowing for more rapid completion of the course.


The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) aims to provide graduates with a range of skills that prepare them for work in aquatic science professions. 


Standard University Admission requirements apply.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) degree is a 26 unit, 360 credit point, three year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.


The degree has two main components:


(i) a foundation program in the first year; (120 cps)


(ii) a major program in the second and third years consisting of a number of specified units (180 cps) and electives (60 cps).

Semester 1
SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15
SCI1181 Managing the Environment 15
SCI1182 Case Studies in Science 15
SCI1187 Form and Function in Biology 15
SCI1120 Natural Sciences Practicum 1 0 
Semester 2
SCI1183 Origins and Evolution of Life 15
SCI1184 Australia's Physical Environment 15
SCI1185 Ecology 15
SCI1186 Understanding Pollution 15
Semester 1
SCM2202 Applied Aquatic Processes 15
SCM2201 Soil and Land Processes 15
SCC1201 Chemistry: Structure and Reactions 15
Elective unit
Semester 2
SCI2257 Water and Wetlands Management 15
SCM3203 Environmental Impact Assessment 15
SCM3204 Ecosystem Management 15
SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry 15
Semester 1
SCI3256 Coastal and Marine Management 15
SCI3206 Environmental Investigation and Monitoring 15
SCI3214 Natural Sciences Practicum 2 0 
Elective unit
Elective unit
Semester 2
SCI3356 Fisheries and Aquaculture 15
SCI3122 Sustainable Water Resource Management 15
SCI3301 Catchment Health and Management 15
Elective unit
Students must choose four of the below elective units.
SCI3307 Waste Management 15
SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry 15
SCC3202 Environmental Chemistry and Analysis 15
SCM2201 Soil and Land Processes 15
SCB2322 Genetics and Evolution 15
SCB2423 Plant Diversity 15
SCB2424 Animal Diversity 15
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/09/2006 VET: 30/09/2006