James Cook University JCU

Bachelor of Advanced Science

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

The Bachelor of Advanced Science prepares high achieving highly motivated students for careers as the future leaders and researchers in the sciences where strong quantitative skills and in-depth knowledge are in high demand. A range of specialisations are available from the majors listed. Through fieldwork and practical experience students undertake hands-on study and research in areas such as tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, mangroves, tropical savannah, and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as in more traditional science areas.


72 credit points. A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1. A minimum of 18 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 3 or higher. Students can seek permission to enrol in more than one level 5 subject.


  • Advanced molecular and cell biology
  • Aquaculture science and technology
  • Chemistry
  • Data science
  • Earth science
  • Marine biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Zoology and ecology

Standard entry requirements

Year 12 or equivalent: English (Units 3/4,C), mathematical methods (Units 3/4,C) Recommended: At least one of biology, chemistry, physics or specialist maths (Units 3/4,C).

Study pathways

Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria and is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns International: $113,040
  • ATAR: 92
  • Full-time : 3
  • Part-time : 6
JCU Townsville International: $113,040
  • ATAR: 92
  • Full-time : 3
  • Part-time : 6

Further information

Not all majors available in Cairns. 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.

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