Marine biology is more than just working with dolphins and whales – it also helps make predictions about important changes and problems in the world like global warming, tourism and pollution.

The Marine Biology major will enable you to gain specialised knowledge and experience in marine biological systems, as well as a strong understanding of the application of ecological principles and environmental management strategies.

You will develop breadth of knowledge through a range of disciplines, from the biological sciences like botany and zoology to the physical sciences of chemistry, geography and oceanography.

The intensive subjects available have been a highlight due to their staff to student ratio - I did Marine Botany last year and the small class gave us the opportunity to get to know the staff and learn more about the research happening in the BioSciences department. Stella Fulton


  • Career Outcomes

    As a Marine Biology graduate, you can find employment in both the public and private sectors, including research, fisheries, commercial aquaculture, environmental monitoring and assessment, education and tourism.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Marine Biology, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Marine Biology are well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Marine Biology

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective