Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science

James Cook University JCU

In this program students will take a common first year of engineering subjects to develop a broad skills base in order to choose a preferred engineering major. Engineering design is a central theme of this program. The joint degree enables students to combine their engineering degree with a science major over a five year program.

Course Fee:

International: $181,400

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA) and Chemistry (4,SA) for all majors except physics major. Physics major - English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA) and Physics (4,SA) or Maths C (4,SA).


120 credit points of subjects. Students complete an engineering major plus one of the science majors. All engineering students must complete 60 days of engineering professional practice prior to graduation, combined with a valid Apply First Aid certificate.

Subjects you can Study:

Aquaculture science and technology; Chemistry; Chemical engineering; Civil engineering; Data science; Earth science; Electrical and electronic engineering; Electronic systems and the internet of things engineering; Marine biology; Mathematics; Mechanical engineering; Molecular and cell biology; Physics; Zoology and ecology

Further information:

Electronic systems and the internet of things major only available at Cairns campus. International student visa-holders must not enrol in more than a third of the total credit points for the course in online, distance or external study.


Engineers Australia. Chemical engineering: Institute of Chemical Engineers; Computer systems engineering: Australian Computer Society; Electrical and electronic engineering: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Physics: Australian Institute of Physics

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00117J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info Yes Full time 5 years
Townsville No info Yes Full time 5 years
Townsville No info Yes Part time 10 years
Cairns No info Yes Part time 10 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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