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Marine Science

This exciting new subject covers the science of marine systems including ecology, physical processes, ecosystem restoration and conservation.

Please note:  Marine Science is available from 2024, and is only available in Tauranga.

By studying Marine Science as a major or minor subject at our Tauranga campus, you’ll be at the heart of thriving marine-based industries, coastal communities and New Zealand’s busiest port.  You’ll have ready access to a wide range of marine ecosystems, learning from some of New Zealand’s leading researchers, industry professionals and science staff in our state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities.

Marine conservation issues will be examined from a range of ecological, economic and cultural perspectives through a combination of field trips, laboratories and seminars.

Build a successful career
Graduates will be prepared for roles in marine and coastal management, and the sustainable development of new and emerging marine industries, with enhanced numeracy skills and a stronger awareness of the interplay between science and mātauranga Māori.

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Key information

Entry Requirements: All students with University Entrance (UE) can enrol directly into Year 1 of the Marine Science major in Tauranga.
Study Location:Tauranga
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Career opportunities

  • Fisheries biologist/manager
  • Marine conservationist
  • Marine ecologist
  • Marine educator/outreach specialist
  • Marine policy analyst/advocate
  • Scientific diver

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MARIN101Marine Biodiversity - Rerenga Rauropi Taimoana15.024A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an introduction to marine ecosystems, the form and function of key marine taxa, the identification of New Zealand marine plants & animals (both indigenous & introduced), and the concepts of Matauranga and biodiversity, as they apply to the coastal marine environment. He whakataki no tenei pepa i te rauropi taimo...
MARIN102Marine Mammals, Birds and Apex Predators15.024B (Tauranga)
This paper provides an overview of marine charismatic megafauna and ecosystem processes including food webs, biogeochemical cycling, trophic cascades, and adaptations of organisms to their environment.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB202Principles of Ecology15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
EARTH241Oceanography15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
ENVSC201Environmental Monitoring15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
An introduction to reasons for, and design and implementation of, environmental monitoring in New Zealand. Skills in data collection, management, presentation, and interpretation are developed for a range of environments using both field data collection and published data-sets.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
AQCUL302Research Tools for the Aquaculture Industry15.024B (Tauranga)
Research and development is essential to develop an efficient and sustainable aquaculture industry. This paper provides students with a knowledge and working experience of a number of modern laboratory techniques that help researchers understand the physiology of farmed organisms to inform and innovate husbandry practise. This has ...
BIOEB305Marine Ecology15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The paper explores the fundamentals of ecology (e.g. disturbance/recovery, recruitment, organism interactions with their environment, nutrient cycles, limits on productivity) in a marine setting. We also cover human impacts on marine environments including fishe...
EARTH341Coastal Oceanography15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the physical oceanography of the coastal zone. Topics include estuarine circulation, wind driven currents on the shelf, longwaves, resonance, seiching, methodologies for quantifying processes and coastal responses, waves and surfzone processes.

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