Marine Biology Extended Major
Part of the Bachelors of Mathematics/Science program
Commencing semesters, 2017
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science
Phone: 07 3365 1888
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Why study Marine Biology?
This major will allow you to focus on the biology of marine organisms rather than on the physical aspects of marine science such as currents, waves and physical processes of marine environments. It draws on disciplines such as marine ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to study life in the oceans and other salt water environments such as estuaries and wetlands.
You will develop a breadth of specialized knowledge of marine biological systems and the application of ecological and environmental strategies to protect these systems. With one of the largest marine research groups in Australia, your studies will be enriched by the input of researchers at the forefront of this dynamic discipline.
More information about the Marine Biology Extended Major.
What you can study
Courses in your second year will build core knowledge in the biological sciences and prepare you for specific courses in marine biology in your third year. You will participate in field trips to UQ's research stations at Moreton Bay and Heron Island to experience both tropical and sub-tropical environments and also gain practical laboratory skills and knowledge to prepare you for a broad scope of employment opportunities.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Marine Biology extended major.
With oceans covering 71 per cent of the earth's surface, marine biologists will be instrumental in examining the effects of climate change, pollution, overfishing and their impact on the food chain, as well as identifying the exciting potential for new pharmaceuticals and biomedical applications and protecting endangered species. You can work in many areas of research and education including: ecotourism; engineering and consulting companies; fisheries laboratories; food technology; marine parks; marine resource development; marine science institutes; museums; oil companies; pharmacology; planning and management; power-generating authorities; teaching; the fishing and aqua-culture industries; universities; and wildlife conservation.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelors of Mathematics/Science for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelors of Mathematics/Science for information on key dates and how to apply.