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Marine Science


Welcome to Macquarie Marine

The Bachelor of Marine Science at Macquarie University is intended for students interested in the natural sciences as well as the marine environment. The degree integrates key subject matter from three key departments: Biological Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Environment and Geography

A degree in marine science will prepare you for a variety of interesting career opportunities. Federal, state and local government agencies employ marine scientists to regulate and monitor the use of resources, solve problems and conduct research. Private industry provides employment in fields such as exploratory marine geology, satellite imagery, computer-based ecological modelling, underwater archaeology, and aquaculture. Employment is also found in a growing number of environmental consultancies and numerous non-government organisations.

Australia has one of the longest coastlines of any country in the world. The total area of ocean managed within our Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches some 320km from shore, exceeds the total land area of Australia. Understanding this vast realm is critical to developing appropriate conservation and management measures for its long-term survival. Marine scientists work on the conservation, use and development of the marine and coastal environment. Because of the growing concerns for the protection and the wise use of our natural resources, there is an increasing need for skilled personnel who can advise on, organise and control the development of marine resources and activities.
Chowder Bay

Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Chowder Bay

Macquarie University is one of four founding universities of The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), located at beautiful Chowder Bay, Mosman in Sydney. SIMS is a collaborative research institute bringing together scientists from the universities in the Sydney region, several government departments, The Australian Museum and the Australian Defence Science & Technology Organisation. Macquarie University is involved in several exciting research projects based at SIMS, such as invertebrate immunology, developing biomarkers to assess estuarine pollution, octopus behaviour, wobbegong tag & release, urchin aquaculture and marine mammals. Its location near the Sydney Heads provides not only an amazing scenic lookout but gives access to high quality seawater to service the state of the art facilities such as the SIMS research aquarium.