Imagine having a career that requires you to be in some of the most exotic, unique and beautiful marine environments in the world.
The Bachelor of Marine Science and Management prepares you with the know how to manage coastal and marine systems, with learning environments including the Great Barrier Reef, the Solitary Islands and Cape Byron, on the East Coast of Australia. You will develop your skills in foundational sciences, and be taught by world leading marine and environmental researchers in Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre.
You will have the opportunity to explore global environmental issues including marine pollution, coral reef ecology and marine mammal conservation among other fascinating subjects, and to gain practical skills in the environment and our laboratories using cutting edge instrumentation and techniques.
As a graduate of the Southern Cross Marine Science and Management degree, you will be able to establish a career in marine science at a time that the world is realising that the health of our oceans is paramount to a sustainable future.
Our graduates work in a diverse range of fields In public and private environmental sectors. You may be employed as a consultant, marine park planner, marine biologist and ecologist, marine reserve officer, aquaculturalist, fisheries manager, project officer, technical officer, state coordinator; or work in marine research.
During the course, students will have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.
Students can complete an eight-week professional placement to gain industry experience. Interns can work with organisations across the marine science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.
This course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and includes a wide range of elective units such as ocean change biology, marine mammals, coral reef ecology, marine pollution and scientific diving.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The Bachelor of Marine Science and Management is delivered at the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) Coffs Harbour, Lismore and online.
NMSC students can complete the entire degree at the Coffs Harbour facility. Depending on unit selection, students may wish to take some Lismore-based or online units. The final-year units are delivered in intensive mode, each over three weeks with a compulsory six-day on-campus period.
Lismore students complete the final-year units at the NMSC Coffs Harbour. Units at the NMSC are delivered in intensive mode, each over three weeks with a compulsory six-day on-campus period.
Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore and the final-year units at the NMSC Coffs Harbour. Units at the NMSC are delivered in intensive mode, each over three weeks with a compulsory six-day on-campus period.