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Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Arts, Society and Education

Science and Engineering

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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

Students considering Science majors in Chemistry or Molecular and Cell Biology will require Chemistry (or equivalent)

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.

Post-admission requirements

Some majors within the Bachelor of Science require attendance in intensive mode or mixed attendance subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend intensive mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirementsThe Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

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.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, 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

  • Plan 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

  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • 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

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

SS1010:03  Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism

Level 2

SC2202:03  Quantitative Methods in Science

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists


Select 9 credit points of level 2 or 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects


Select a Science major from Table A


Select an Arts major from Table B


Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Select 6 credit points of specified Level 1 subjects from List 1


Select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 2

List 1

Select subjects which are not already in your Science major

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I

CP1404:03 Programming II

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundation

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

List 2

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra


Credit points in major

24 credit points




Aquaculture Science and Technology

JCU Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns


JCU Townsville

Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

No mid-year entry

Data Science

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Students must select CP1401 and CP1404 as their List 1 subject electives

Earth Science

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Marine Biology

JCU Townsville

No mid-year entry

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns


JCU Townsville

No mid-year entry in Cairns

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Molecular and Cell Biology

JCU Townsville

Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

No mid-year entry

Zoology and Ecology

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Credit points in major

24 credit points





JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville



JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville



JCU Townsville


Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

Design and Creative Arts

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Visual Arts and Digital Imaging Focus (Cairns)

Design and Innovation Focus (Townsville)


JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville




JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Not all subjects available internally. Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

Human Geography

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Human Services

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Indigenous Studies 

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Languages and Linguistics

JCU Cairns


Overseas travel (or a virtual placement) is required.

Language stream available as follows:

  • French (External)
  • Tok Pisin (JCU Cairns and External)
  • Chinese (JCU Cairns and External)

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

JCU Townsville

Politics and International Relations

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Not all subjects are available at all locations

Psychology Studies

JCU Townsville

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a BA-BSc in Psychology Studies.


JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally




JCU Cairns

Not all majors are available

JCU Townsville

Not all majors are available


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil - Science subjects

3 credit points - Creative Media, Arts or Social Science subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

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

Not applicable


Honours availability

Honours is available in either Arts or Science as an additional year of study.


Students must satisfy the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.