Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

Marine Biology is available as a specialisation within Flinders' Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees. Flinders' science degrees are flexible and permit students to move between degrees and specialisations easily. Marine biology is the study of the living world in the sea, from the simple molecules that support life, to the complex interactions between populations of many species. The range of specialty areas is huge. There are marine biologists who study the basic biochemistry of marine organisms, for example, while others study the growth or behaviour of individual plants or animals. Some adopt an even larger perspective and study how entire marine ecosystems function.


First year includes general biology and chemistry, specific marine science topics and elective topics. Electives can lead towards a specific employment area and we actively support students in making their topic choices. Students who do not have a background in chemistry are able to enrol in introductory chemistry topics. Second year introduces animal diversity, coasts and oceans, marine ecology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity in dedicated topics, as well as providing fundamental scientific research skills, including experimentation and statistics. Students will get hands-on experience in field trips to investigate various coastal ecosystems. Students will also gain practical experience and attend field trips to investigate various coastal ecosystems. Third year examines marine and freshwater biology, marine mammals, birds and reptiles, fisheries biology, science and management, plant and algal diversity and conservation biology and restoration ecology.


  • Marine biology

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent qualification
  • Or mature age entry (STAT)
  • Or TAFE/VET qualifications
  • Or higher education transfers
  • Or completion of a foundation studies program.

Study pathways

Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bedford Park No information available Yes No information available

Further information

The Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) may also be studied in a combined degree program with: another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy Bachelor of Archaeology Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)

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