Bachelor of Science

Handbook year

2021

Course code

115810

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of 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 this course is currently going through a reaccreditation process  with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  Once accredited, graduates will be eligible for non-corporate membership of RACI and, with an additional three years’ experience in chemistry, may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.

Owner

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College

Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English, Mathematical Methods (3/4,C); or equivalent

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); 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.

Additional Course requirements

JCU Singapore applicants who have not completed high school Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science.

Post admission
requirements

Some majors require attendance in intensive or mixed mode attendance subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus. If students must attend intensive mode classes at a campus other than the one they are enrolled at, they are responsible for their own expenses.

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 Science at James Cook University 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 (Standard Structure JCU Townsville and Cairns students)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Plus select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1 (Breadth Subjects)

Level 2

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Plus select 3 credit points of subjects from List 2 (Skill Subjects)

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

PLUS

Select a Major from Table A

PLUS

Select a primary Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

or

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

PLUS

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

NOTE: Students choosing the Physics major must select 3 credit points of a Level 3 or Level 5 Science subject in this option to meet course rules

Course Structure (JCU Singapore and Eligible JCU Townsville and Cairns Students only)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Plus select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1 (Breadth Subjects)

Level 2

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Plus select 3 credit points of subjects from List 2 (Skill Subjects)

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

PLUS

Select a Major from Table A

OPTIONS

Select one of the following Options

Note: JCU Singapore students who have not completed high school Mathematical Methods or equivalent must select Option 2

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A

or

Option 2 (Minors and/or Electives)

Select a primary Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

or

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

NOTE: Students choosing the Physics or Internet of Things major must select 3 credit points of a Level 3 or Level 5 Science subject in this option to meet course rules

PLUS

Select a Minor from Table B

or

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

NOTE: Students choosing the Physics or Internet of Things major must select 3 credit points of a Level 3 or Level 5 Science subject in this option to meet course rules

*All JCUS students who have not completed high school Mathematical Methods or equivalent must undertake MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics.  

List 1 (Breadth Subjects)

Select subjects which are not already in your major

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

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 or CP1404:03 Programming II

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundation

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

List 2 (Skill Subjects)

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Singapore

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not permitted as a double major with Marine Biology or Zoology and Ecology however students may select these as minors (see Table B)

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Data Science

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

 

Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Internet of Things

Singapore (Pending CPE)The Mathematics minor is compulsory for students studying the Internet of Things major
JCU Singapore students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed Mathematical Methods or equivalent, or will need to complete the preparatory Maths subject within this course structure

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not permitted as a double major with Aquaculture Science and Technology or Zoology and Ecology however students may select these as minors (see Table B)

Mathematics

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

 

Physics

Townsville

The Mathematics minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Not permitted as a double major with Aquaculture Science and Technology or Marine Biology  however students may select these as minors (see Table B)

TABLE B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Single or Double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

Townsville

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

Advanced Physics

Townsville

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to students studying a biological sciences major (Marine Biology or Zoology & Ecology)

Chemistry

Townsville

Not available as a primary Science minor

Environmental Geochemistry

Townsville

Exploration

Townsville

 

Field Studies in Earth Sciences

Townsville

 

Fisheries

Townsville

Marine Biology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to students studying a biological sciences major (Aquaculture or Zoology & Ecology).

Marine and Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

Mathematics

Townsville

Singapore

This minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major or the Internet of Things major

Not available as a primary Science minor except for students studying the Physics major or the Internet of Things major

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

Physics

Townsville

Not available as a primary Science minor

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to students studying a biological sciences major (Aquaculture or Marine Biology).

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

Cairns

Townsville

Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection

Please note - this minors list includes a Biodiversity Assessment minor and an Introduction to Marine Biology minor

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors and minors available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all Majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Must successfully complete 18 credit points of Level 1 and 2 science subjects before attempting any Level 3 science subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

One PC grade only may be awarded with approval of College or Division examiners meeting, to allow a student to graduate, and that PC grade must not contribute to a core subject or a major.

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.

Currency

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

Expiry

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 the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

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

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

Credit will not be granted against MA1020, CH1020 or PH1001 where these subjects are available as options.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Major/s studied 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

Honours availability

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

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.5 (i.e. credit average) is required across the bachelor 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.