Coastal and Marine Science

The need to sustain Australia’s marine environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by climate change, increasing resource extraction and coastal development. A strong scientific understanding of the complexities of these sensitive ecosystems is developed alongside the skills to apply relevant practical and technological tools toward their sustainable management.


Coastal and marine science

Curtin’s Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science major) reflects the growing need to protect Australia’s coastline, with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management. In your first year you will complete an environment foundation year that provides an appropriate basis for studying the physical, chemical and biological conditions of various environments and their effects on organisms. This foundation year acts as a pathway to enrol in the major in Coastal and Marine Science in your second year.

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Why study Coastal and Marine Science?

  • Undertake extensive fieldwork including a final year 7 day project -based field trip to WA’s northwest
  • Network with researchers active in a wide range of marine science specialities including geomorphology, marine ecology, ecotoxicology and aquaculture.
  • Graduates from this major are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.

Student experience

The Curtin Coastal and Marine Science course has been designed with industry input to deliver a learning experience focused on developing scientific and marine research skills. The course is delivered by staff actively researching a variety of fields including fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The result is a dynamic and engaging learning environment in which teaching is informed by current research. Our students are challenged to think as marine scientists, developing their initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

Government and industry partnerships

You will interact with people working in marine and coastal science and management such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Fisheries, the WA Environmental Protection Authority, marine science consultancies, the mining and petroleum industries, and Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with skills aligned to the needs of a number of government agencies: Department of Fisheries; Department of Environment and Conservation; Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; Department of Transport and the Water Corporation. The course will also prepare students for employment as Environmental Officers in Regional Development Commissions and local governments, particularly those confronted with coastal management issues associated with meeting their development needs. Graduates will be suited to employment within the private sector, including companies involved with coastal and marine resource extraction, environmental consultancies, coastal tourism enterprises, and commercial and recreational fishing industries.

If you’d like to speak with somebody about studying Marine Science at Curtin, please contact us.