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Our oceans cover 70 per cent of the surface of the earth and are some of the most poorly understood ecosystems on the planet. This massive natural resource is also under constant pressures of our modern, coastal society. With complex issues such as global climate change, food production, tourism, oil, gas and mineral extraction, and waste management, the need for highly trained and specialised marine science professionals continues to grow.

The Bachelor of Marine Science has a broad interdisciplinary approach, encompassing biology, chemistry and quantitative physical science. In your second and third years, you have the opportunity to specialise in: coastal physical science, coastal resources management, marine chemical sciences or marine ecology.

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Study marine biology at Griffith

The Heron Island experience

With cutting-edge teaching and research strengths, Griffith University is an ideal location to study marine biology. Located within easy access to a variety of extensive natural and artificial waterways, iconic surf beaches and the diverse wetlands and coastal biodiversity of Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast is the perfect natural laboratory.

With a focus on practical experience you will build your knowledge and understanding of ocean ecosystems, in and out of the classroom.

As a student you will address and manage complex issues to ensure that marine industries prosper sustainably in healthy marine ecosystems. As a graduate, you will be equipped to tackle problems that affect our oceans, tourism, fisheries and food production, climate change, maritime pollution and waste management.

5-Star Rated

Environmental and Marine Science at Griffith has rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Student Support by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Max Campbell

Bachelor of Marine Science

Playing in rock pools at the beach was what first developed Max Campbell's interest in marine science. But studying at Griffith University opened his eyes top a world that he never knew existed beyond the beach and cemented his passion even further. 'I want to own my own eco-tourism business one day and this course will take me in the direction to make more informed decisions', he said.

Max Campbell

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Career outcomes

Our marine graduates find employment around Australia and internationally in a wide range of industries that use and protect our marine environment. Career options include: marine biologist, environmental consultant, pollution control and mitigation, fisheries and aquaculture, modelling and meteorology, oceanographer, coastal planning and marine parks, marine education and tourism, environmental assessment and planning.

Not all science graduates work as scientists - the transferrable skills and methodology developed through your degree provide a springboard to any career where critical thinking, the ability to analyse and investigate new information and evidenced-based decision making are valued.

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Monday 28 October — Saturday 15 February

Trimester 3: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 3 February to Saturday 15 February.

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Tuesday 28 January — Thursday 30 January

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 17 February — Friday 21 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

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Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

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If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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