Bachelor of Science (Marine Ecology)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification; see Massey University undergraduate entry requirements. It is recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study of Marine Ecology should have a sound background to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in at least one of chemistry, physics or biology and a mathematics subject.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


The first year of the Marine Ecology major will involve developing a core understanding of relevant underpinning principles. In your second year, you will start to engage with specific Marine Ecology courses and strengthen your understanding of the form and function of marine animals. Courses include: Introductory Marine Biology, Data Analysis for Biologists, Invertebrate Zoology, and Animal Form and Function.

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please click the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

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Possible First Year

Internal students at Auckland campus

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
162.101 Biology of Cells
199.101 Biology of Animals
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics


In addition to these four courses, choose four elective courses. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor in your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Marine Ecology major in Semester Two. You will have 123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems and 124.111 Physics for Life Science which are suitable electives. Add two more electives.
  • If you are interested in Environmental Science, you should include 233.101 Introductory Earth Science, 145.121 Introduction to Physical Geography and 121.103 New Zealand Environments. Add one more elective.
  • If you are interested in Animal Science you should include 194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology, 123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems and 122.102 Biochemistry of Cells. Add one more elective.

With this selection of courses, you will also meet the first year requirements for the Zoology major.

Future Study Topics

  • Marine biology
  • Marine mammal science
  • Quantitative marine ecology

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