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Marine Biology

The University of Adelaide Australia

The Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)

Why Marine Biology?

The BSc (Marine Biology) is an outcome of a state government initiative to redress under investment in marine sciences. This initative is needed to underpin the growth and development of marine resources (6th largest export earner in South Australia).

Our degree is designed to provide a broad training so that graduates have the flexibility to meet the needs of a dynamic work place. 'Marine Biology' is much more than being a biologist. It requires a breath of skills needed to manage uncertainty in marine ecosystems that support industry. There are multiple stressors (e.g. fishing, pollution, invasive species) and opportunities (e.g. rehabilitation of habitat, replenishment of depleted stocks) that require skills beyond biology.

For these reasons, the BSc (Marine Biology) encourages and promotes the development of marine biologists from the first semester, but does not narrow your skill base to marine subjects.

What will I learn?

You will be taught by professional marine biologists on the university staff and those working at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and the South Australian Museum (SAM). The University has good boating facilities, field stations (Yorke Peninsula, West Island, Kangaroo Island), as well as a diving club. As the only university in South Australia offering programs in scientific SCUBA-diving, we provide access to some of the unseen wonders of the globe.

Our degree demonstrates fundamental approaches and specialist techniques required of contemporary investigations in marine biology and ecology. It promotes an awareness of modern research programs of governmental and non-governmental agencies and demonstrates key analytical techniques, many of which are not taught at Australian universities at any undergraduate or postgraduate level. The course combines current thinking (theory) and practical measurement (practice) used to understand natural influences and human domination of top-down processes (e.g. Marine Protected Areas and fishing) and bottom-up processes (e.g. waste water treatment, catchment management) that maintain and disrupt ecosystem function and sustainability. Particular emphasis is placed on temperate coasts for which most of the Australian population lives and works, and career opportunities most diverse and numerous.