Bachelor of Advanced Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Advanced Science

Why study Advanced Science at JCU?

The Bachelor of Advanced Science is an elite program for high-achieving students passionate about science and not afraid to be challenged.

JCU Advanced Science students are educated to be the science and research leaders of the future. High-achieving students choose JCU because of the university's reputation for leadership in finding solutions to the scientific and environmental challenges facing the tropics.

You'll learn the advanced conceptual and analytical capacity that will ensure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate, and importantly, you'll meet experts in their fields who will open your eyes to the possibilities that the future holds for you.

There are eight Advanced Science majors to choose from:

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
OP/Rank
6/89

Career opportunities

The scientific and environmental challenges of the future are increasingly interdisciplinary and quantitative, and they require scientists who can work comfortably with the cutting edge methods of scientific analysis and modelling that now pervade all of the sciences. By graduating with a Bachelor of Advanced Science, you’ll demonstrate that you have prepared yourself to meet these challenges head-on.

So, regardless of whether your passion is Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Earth Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics, or Zoology and Ecology, this is your opportunity to get the best preparation to be a leader and innovator in your field.

Moreover, the high transferability of quantitative and computational skills ensure that you’ll be responsive to the dynamic, rapidly-changing nature of science. This adaptability is essential for anyone hoping to make a lifelong career in the sciences.

Course highlights

  • Study specialised advanced subjects that equip you with the quantitative and computational skills that are needed to tackle the modern world’s pressing scientific and environmental challenges.
  • Enjoy hands-on, field based experience of tropical environments including rainforests, savannas, mangroves, and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Attend special seminars from world-leading scientists across a range of disciplines to develop your capacity to engage with the multi-disciplinary challenges of the modern world.
  • Go on international exchange programs to expand your horizons and study natural environments in other parts of the world
  • Volunteer your help on real research projects bound for publication in international scientific journals
  • Immerse yourself in research-based capstone experiences that leverage your knowledge to tackle an outstanding problem in your chosen field of expertise

Course overview

You will be able to choose from the same majors as students in the Bachelor of Science, but this will be paired with a set of core Advanced subjects that develop computational and quantitative skills to a higher level than in the BSc. This allows you to select the major/s you feel passionate about, while simultaneously developing crucial analytical and modelling skills that are in high demand throughout the sciences.

An Honours degree is an additional one-year study program (full-time or equivalent) that includes the development of a personal research project and thesis. The three-year Bachelor of Advanced Science is ideal preparation for the rigors of an Honours year, and Advanced Science students are encouraged to consider this option. Honours is especially recommended for students who wish to pursue a career with significant involvement in scientific research.  An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316361) - Apply now
Cairns (326361) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2016 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2017 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03 Algebra and Calculus 2

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

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

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 1

Select 3 credit points of specified Level 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

List 2

BC5203:03 Introduction to Bioinformatics

BS5260:03 Modelling Ecological Dynamics

CH5002:03 Research Skills and Communication in Chemistry –Advanced

EA5409:03 Mineralogy and Geophysics

PH5014:03 Research Skills and Communication in Physics-Advanced

SC5502:03 Design and Analysis in Ecological Studies

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a Science Minor that is different to your major from Table B or 12 credit points of any level 2 or 3 science subject

PLUS

Select a second Minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (SCIENCE MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Chemistry

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Earth Science

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Mathematics

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Physics

Townsville

The Advanced Mathematics minor is compulsory for those students studying the Physics major in the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

TABLE B (SCIENCE MINORS)

Type of Minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

Townsville

 

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

This minor is compulsory for those students studying a Physics major in the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Advanced Physics

Townsville 

Aquaculture Science & Technology

Townsville

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

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Environmental Geochemistry

Townsville

 

Exploration

Townsville

 

Field Studies in Earth Sciences

Townsville

 

Fisheries

Townsville

 

Marine and Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

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

Mathematics

Townsville

 

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Physics

Townsville

 

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

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

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Course code

115510

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Advanced Science is seeking accreditation by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Graduates will be automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The Chemistry major for this course is seeking accreditation by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  Graduates will be immediately 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.

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Pre-requisites

English (4,SA) Maths B or C and Chemistry, for all majors except;

Physics major: (English, Maths B, Chemistry and (Physics or Mathematics 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 SC1109) and who have a GPA greater than 5.5 (excluding MA1020 and CH1020) 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.

Students may seek permission to enrol in more than one level 5 subject.

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03 Algebra and Calculus 2

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

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

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 1

Select 3 credit points of specified Level 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

List 2

BC5203:03 Introduction to Bioinformatics

BS5260:03 Modelling Ecological Dynamics

CH5002:03 Research Skills and Communication in Chemistry –Advanced

EA5409:03 Mineralogy and Geophysics

PH5014:03 Research Skills and Communication in Physics-Advanced

SC5502:03 Design and Analysis in Ecological Studies

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a Science Minor that is different to your major from Table B or 12 credit points of any level 2 or 3 science subject

PLUS

Select a second Minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (SCIENCE MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Chemistry

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Earth Science

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Mathematics

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

Physics

Townsville

The Advanced Mathematics minor is compulsory for those students studying the Physics major in the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Not available to students wanting to complete prior to the end of 2019

TABLE B (SCIENCE MINORS)

Type of Minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

Townsville

 

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

This minor is compulsory for those students studying a Physics major in the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Advanced Physics

Townsville 

Aquaculture Science & Technology

Townsville

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

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Environmental Geochemistry

Townsville

 

Exploration

Townsville

 

Field Studies in Earth Sciences

Townsville

 

Fisheries

Townsville

 

Marine and Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

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

Mathematics

Townsville

 

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Physics

Townsville

 

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

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 2 science subjects before attempting any level 5 science subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points towards a 3 year award

Currency

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

Expiry

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

Other restrictions

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

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

Advanced Standing will not be granted for MA1020 or CH1020

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ADVANCED SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BAdvSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Higher Education (Science)

Course articulation

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

Honours

Honours availability

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

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally an overall grade point average of 5.5 (i.e. credit average) 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.

Honours

An Honours degree is an additional one-year study program (full-time or equivalent) that includes the development of a personal research project and thesis. The three-year Bachelor of Advanced Science is ideal preparation for the rigors of an Honours year, and Advanced Science students are encouraged to consider this option. Honours is especially recommended for students who wish to pursue a career with significant involvement in scientific research.  An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

What is Advanced Science?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.