"The research skills I gained at uni were priceless. With my interest in climate justice and building community resilience, I have the best toolkit possible."

Maddy Braddon

Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management graduate

We're located on the doorstep of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and we really make use of our natural environments in our teaching.

So students come here and they can swim with whales they can fly drones they can do debris surveys on our beaches.

So when you enrol in Marine Science one of the first things you can do is come and have a look at the Marine Science Centre and the facilities where we're doing groundbreaking research.

In fact our research is so good that the Australian Government has given it the highest ranking possible.

Our marine and coastal environments matter unfortunately they're experiencing a range of different threats from a whole variety of sources. So it's a really good time for students to get involved and study marine science.

As a student at SCU you'll get the opportunity to be involved with the latest technologies such as drones. SCU has been using drones to monitor whales sharks and dolphins and we've been actively involved in particular things like monitoring white sharks in the in shore areas which is really exciting.

Students who join us will have the opportunity to put their hands up to contribute to our research looking at swimming with whales. This new ecotourism opportunity provides an amazing chance to get up close with these wonderful animals but our job as researchers is to make sure that the whales are minimally impacted by this activity.

We do a wide range of research we look at the effects of climate change on corals on seaweeds on invertebrates we also look at aquaculture and the aquaculture is really important what we're looking at is ways to feed growing population using marine resources.

The world population is increasing and this means that we have to find more sustainable resources and we also have to look after the marine environment.

Because of this there's a great range of careers that are opening up for marine scientists things like working in government working in aquaculture and working in the industry.

Understanding the interaction between humans and the environments and ecosystems of our world is key to ensuring a better future for all.  

Southern Cross University’s science degrees are cover every aspect of the understanding and management of our natural and built environments. Advanced analytical laboratories and a strong field focus prepare you for a range of careers in science. 

Our science programs are taught by passionate academics who will nurture your knowledge and skills. Learn to use drones and Geographic Information System (GIS) equipment for resource mapping and data collection. Immerse yourself in field trips to the living laboratories on our doorstep. World Heritage rainforests, reefs and rivers are all within easy reach of our campuses. 

Learning under our Southern Cross Model will help you study more cohesively, achieve milestones more quickly, and gain greater clarity for the scientific career you plan to pursue. 

Whatever your field of scientific interest, Southern Cross University can put you on the pathway to a truly transformative career.

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