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Coastal and Marine Science

Coastal and Marine Science

Undergraduate double degree major

This Double Degree Major provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and manage human activities while conserving the coastal environment.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 75
  • Qualification
    Coastal and Marine Science Double Degree Major (BSc/BA, BSc/BCom)
  • Credit
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Coastal and Marine Science

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Students in this course gain a practical experience through a range of field-based experiences in marine environments.

This course sits within the double degree combination of Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, and also the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce. Applicants have the choice of which double degree combination they would like to study.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

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.

Career information

  • Natural resource manager
  • Aquaculture technician
  • Aquatic biomonitoring consultant
  • Conservation analyst
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental policy manager/advisor
  • EPA inspector
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Marine mine site ecologist
  • Regional development advisor
  • Aquaculturalist
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Environment consultant

What you'll learn

  • apply principles and practices of environmental and biological science to the planning and sustainable management of coastal zones
  • apply problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills to the challenges facing coastal zones under increasing anthropogenic pressures and the adverse effects of climate change
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making relevant to the planning and management of the coastal zone
  • demonstrate the use of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to the conduct of a professional engaged in the management of coastal zones in the Australasian region
  • use appropriate technologies and their applications to generate information to inform decision makers involved with resource management, biodiversity monitoring and mapping of the coastal zone, with emphasis on the marine environment
  • apply skills in critical analysis and interpretation of the published literature to the development of lifelong learning skills in environmental management and the science underpinning decision making in the coastal zone. Sustain intellectual curiosity about the environment and humankind's role within it
  • recognise the national and global imperatives driving coastal changes to biological, chemical and physical systems. Integrate international case studies and experiences in the application of knowledge to coastal decision making
  • respect individual human rights and other cultures, particularly as they relate to the range of practices historically and currently employed within the coastal zone in other parts of the world
  • demonstrate professional and ethical practice appropriate to engagement with organisations and individuals involved in all aspects of environmental and coastal zone management, both in a multi disciplinary team environment and as independent stakeholders

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

  • attained an ATAR of 75; or
  • completed 100 credits with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 60% or higher; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Math Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Math Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or higher.

The Science prerequisite can be met with any of the following:

  • Animal Production Systems ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR or Psychology ATAR; or
  • BIOL1000 Functional Biology; or
  • BCCB1000 Cell Biology; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry; or
  • CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics; or
  • GEOL1005 Fundamentals of Geology 1.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MDDU-CMARS
  • Last updated on: 27/09/2022