James Cook University JCU

Bachelor of Science

James Cook University JCU

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

This program allows students to select up to two disciplines from a wide range of subjects in first year which lay the foundation for specialisation in second and third year. 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. Students may undertake a single or double major.


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

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent. Assumed knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C)
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C). Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C). Students without Chemistry (Units 3/4,C) or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C) must take Chemistry and/or Mathematics preparatory subjects in Year 1.


Australian Institute of Geoscientists; Australian Institute of Physics; Australian Mathematical Society; Australian Society of Operations Research; Environment Institute of Australia; Geological Society of Australia; Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Study pathways

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) offered. Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria, available on a full or part-time basis.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns International: $113,880
  • ATAR: 66.5
  • Full-time : 3
  • Part-time : 6
JCU Townsville International: $113,880
  • ATAR: 66.5
  • Full-time : 3
  • Part-time : 6

Further information

Not all majors are available at all campuses. 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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