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Bachelor of Advanced Science

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Course code


Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Advanced Science is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Graduates are automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The Chemistry major for the Bachelor of Advanced Science is not accredited.


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

Recommended: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3/4,C)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

JCU students who have completed the first year of the BSc (including receiving a pass result in SC1109: Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced) and who have a GPA greater than 5.5 (excluding MA1020, CH1020 and PH1001) may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

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.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts, principles, and models, in one or more science disciplines.
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature.
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using advanced quantitative approaches.
  • Identify and articulate important, unresolved questions, problems, or knowledge gaps in the graduate’s chosen field of expertise.
  • Create and analyse models of natural processes, in order to generate testable hypotheses about natural phenomena.
  • Design and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines.
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills, applying an advanced, conceptually integrated understanding of the available methods.
  • Draw appropriate inferences from the outcomes of modelling, laboratory experiments, or field observations, taking account of the strengths and weaknesses of the data or models, and the methods of analysis employed.
  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media.
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


Level 1

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry (or any Level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subject if already satisfied via previous study)

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Level 2

SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Level 3

SC3003:03 Science Research Internship or SC3008:03 Professional Placement


Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1 (Advanced Skill Subjects)


Select a major from Table A


Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A


Option 2 (Single Major and Electives*)

Select 9 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 Science subjects


Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or Level 5 Science subjects


Select 6 credit points of any Level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subjects


Select 6 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 subjects

* A list of subject combinations grouped according to career aspiration can be accessed here

List 1 (Advanced Skill Subjects)

BC5203:03 Advanced Bioinformatics

BS5260:03 Modelling Ecological Dynamics

CH5002:03 Research Skills and Communication in Chemistry (Advanced)

EA5409:03 Mineralogy and Geophysics

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

PH5014:03 Research Skills and Communication in Physics (Advanced)

SC5502:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies


Credit points in major

24 credit points




Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology

JCU Townsville

Students who undertake this major and a second major of Aquaculture Science and Technology, Marine Biology or Zoology and Ecology will have BS1001 removed from the secondary major structure and replaced with a Level 1 subject elective
Aquaculture Science and Technology

JCU Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns. Students must then transfer to Townsville.


JCU Townsville


Data Science

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Students must select CP1401 as one of their undergraduate subject electives.

This major is only possible as a second major if students have satisfied CH1020 subject material prior to commencing this course.

Earth Science

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Marine Biology

JCU Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns. Students must then transfer to Townsville.


JCU Townsville



JCU Townsville

The Advanced Mathematics minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major

Zoology and Ecology

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville




JCU Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

JCU Townsville



Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression

Should successfully complete 18 credit points of level 2 science subjects before attempting any level 5 science subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum credit of 6 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3.

A maximum credit of 12 credit points of credit may be granted for subjects outside the Science Schedule of Subjects.

Credit will not be granted for MA1020 or CH1020 or PH1001

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Masters of Science.


Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]


By invitation of the College Dean

Normally an overall grade point average of 5.5 is required across the bachelor (pass) degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.