GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (Level 8) Bachelor of Science in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (Level 7)

Code: GA780 Level: 8

Code: GA770 Level: 7

Why study Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology? You will study a range of modules from Freshwater and Marine Biology research at home and abroad (e.g. Spain or Portugal) to Environmental Management and Biodiversity & Conservation. Explore the Blue Planet: Use the Marine Institute’s exploration ship ‘Celtic Voyager’ to explore the oceans. Complete numerous field trips including learning life saving techniques in Co. Donegal, reviewing environmental management principles in the Burren and discussing animal care at Dublin Zoo. This programme focuses on Freshwater and Marine Ecology. The sustainable development of renewable resources in the face of the rapidly expanding population and developing economy is a consistent theme throughout the programme.

What are my career opportunities? Graduates from this programme would be equipped to play professional and managerial roles in positions related to Freshwater and Marine Biology. These include: • Marine Research Manager • Environmental Offices, Regional Fisheries Board or County Council • Marine Biology Research • Freshwater Farm Manager • Marine Farm Manager • Fish Disease Research Scientist • College Lecturer • Marine Fisheries Development Officer • Fisheries Officer, Regional Fisheries Board • Aquaculture Development Officer

What will I study? Year 1: • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Maths • Learning Innovation Skills

Student experience

Year 4: • Applied Ecological Modelling • Advanced Data Analysis • Advances in Aquatic Biology and Ecology • Project Methods and Preparation • Professional Development Portfolio • Biodiversity and Conservation • Aquatic Resource Management • Environmental Legislation • Marine and Freshwater GIS • Research in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology

Imelda Hehir Imelda Hehir currently works in the Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS) in the Marine Institute as a Fisheries scientist and researcher. Her job involves a wide variety of tasks including data collection and ageing of commercial species, analysis of fisheries and ecosystem data, participation in research surveys including roles as Chief Scientist and Deckmaster. All this work feeds into fish stock

Note: There is no need to have studied any particular Science subject at Leaving Certificate level, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in Year 1. Year 2: • Experimental Design and Statistics • Botany and Zoology • Biology and Culture of Aquatic Species • Field and Laboratory Techniques • Limnology and Oceanography Year 3: • Ecological Techniques • Ecology of Aquatic Environments • Resource Monitoring and Assessment • Identification Skills for Biologists • Aquatic Animal Behaviour • Professional Practice (Placement) • Boat handling and Water Safety

assessment and provision of management advice. Imelda’s educational background includes a Graduate BSc degree in Freshwater and Marine Biology and a BSc degree in Environmental Science; also, a Masters entitled ‘Age, Growth and Reproductive Biology of Whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in the Celtic Sea’.

• Project Data Management • International Field Course

School of Science and Computing

Places 50

Duration 3/4 years

Campus Galway

Talk to us: Dr Roisin Nash, Programme Chair Tel: +353 91 742593 | E-mail: roisin.nash@gmit.ie

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