This course develops practical skills in managing a range of tropical and subtropical coastal and marine environments focusing on the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks.
First year general science and most second year environmental science and fisheries units are based at Lismore campus. Some second year and most third year units are based at the University’s National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour, situated near the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Units taught at the NMSC are usually run as intensives with a compulsory six-day on-campus period for all students. In these units, students study specialist topics such as ocean change biology, aquaculture, marine pollution and marine ecosystem management.
Other highlights include units in marine mammal conservation and coral reef ecology. The coral reefs unit integrates the skills taught throughout the course and includes an extended residential period on a Great Barrier Reef island.
The National Marine Science Centre is part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. It provides students, academic and professional researchers practical opportunities in the study of marine science and management.