Course Description

Marine Science is the study of the ocean. Marine scientists look into the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society, and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal resources and regions. They spend their time observing, defining and experimenting with coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change, as well as using emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable management of these environments.

The Bachelor of Marine Science takes advantage of the diverse NSW South Coast environment, which is an ideal location to undertake specialist marine training. This setting provides substantial fieldwork opportunities in addition to the extensive laboratory-based learning you will undertake during the course. The specialist marine training, combined with a broad background in biology and geosciences opens up a range of employment opportunities in government and industry organisations such as State Fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental organisations.

What you will study

You will study common core science subjects early in this degree before focusing on subjects fundamental to your understanding of marine science:

  • Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Conservation Biology
  • Marine and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Coastal Environments
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge in marine science and achieve their research aspirations.

Tuition Fees

International Students: $31,008 per year full-time


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 74.0% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 87.2% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.3% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 64.0% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 45.7% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $54,100 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 039553A
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 789

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 74
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 81
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: 98
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 85