Back to Find Courses page

Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation


  • Course code


  • Credit points



This course develops practical skills in managing a range of tropical and subtropical coastal and marine environments focusing on the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks.

First year general science and most second year marine science and fisheries units are based at Lismore campus. Some second year and most third year units are based at the University’s National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour, situated near the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Units taught at the NMSC are usually run as intensives with a compulsory six-day on-campus period for all students. In these units, students study specialist topics such as ocean change biology, aquaculture, marine pollution and marine ecosystem management.

Other highlights include units in marine mammal conservation and coral reef ecology. The coral reefs unit integrates the skills taught throughout the course and includes an extended residential period on a Great Barrier Reef island.

The National Marine Science Centre is part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. It provides students, academic and professional researchers practical opportunities in the study of marine science and management.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in marine science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to marine science and management.


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of marine science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in marine science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively on personal scholarly and professional terms.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Students may elect to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course.

While this course has no majors, it combines marine science with contemporary management concepts. The course includes the units Marine Mammals and Coral Reef on the Edge with a strong focus on conservation and management issues that challenge the marine environment. Additional specialist marine science units include Ocean Change Biology, Pollution of the Marine Environment, Successful Sampling and Marine Systems Science and Management.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 334104 054101
Online Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. During the course, students will have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. at least nine (9) units from Part B of the Schedule, and up to three (3) elective units, which may include units from Part B and C of the Schedule, or other approved units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A of the Schedule of Units, with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree; or
    2. has successfully completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Environmental Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree. 

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 -  Biology Introductory
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental Issues Introductory
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ISY00241 -  Environmental Information Management Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 -  Chemistry Introductory
BIO00202 -  Ecology Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate
SUR00201 -  Environmental Mapping Introductory
BIO01204 -  Wetland Ecosystems Intermediate
Choose either CHE00073 -  Environmental Chemistry Part B OR 1 unit from Part C Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
BIO00105 -  Fisheries Biology Advanced
Choose either: (ENV10655 -  Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks) and 2 units from: Part C OR 3 unit(s) from: Part C Intermediate
Session 1, Year 3
Choose either: 1 unit from: Part C and 3 unit(s) from: <Part B> OR 4 unit(s) from: Part B
Session 2, Year 3
Choose either: 1 unit from: Part C and 3 unit(s) from: Part B OR 4 unit(s) from: Part B

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Note 2:

Compulsory Residential for External Students

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

BIO00201 Biology Introductory
BIO00202 Ecology Introductory
BIO00105 Fisheries Biology Advanced
BIO00232 Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate
BIO01204 Wetland Ecosystems Intermediate
BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues Introductory
CHE00201 Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
ISY00241 Environmental Information Management Introductory
MAT00211 Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
SUR00201 Environmental Mapping Introductory

Part B

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
BIO10120 Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
BIO10121 Successful Sampling Advanced
BIO10123 Marine Communities as Sentinels of Change Advanced
BIO10124 Ocean Change Biology Advanced
BIO10125 Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 Marine Pollution Advanced
BIO10127 Coral Reefs on the Edge Intermediate
BIO10185 Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation Advanced
CHE00073 Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
ENV10655 Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate

Part C

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
AGR00214 Soil Processes Intermediate
AGR00215 Water and Catchment Management Advanced
AGT00217 Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO00212 Wildlife Conservation Intermediate
BIO00213 Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate
BIO00233 Fisheries Management Advanced
BIO00244 Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01209 Aquaculture Management Intermediate
BIO01230 Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
ECO00202 Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENO10183 Ecotechnology for Water Management Intermediate
ENS00218 Waste Technology Intermediate
ENV00207 Environmental Planning Intermediate
FOR00100 Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate
FOR00101 Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate
FOR00109 Forest Modelling and Management Advanced
FOR00110 Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
GLY00223 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
GLY00232 Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
ISY01224 Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
ENV10656 Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
SCI00211 Integrated Project Advanced Note 1
EDU01290 Outdoor Education I Introductory