Bachelor of Advanced Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Advanced Science

JCU’s enviable reputation in the sciences attracts some of the brightest scientific minds. You will be challenged in advanced subjects that develop rigorous problem-solving and computational abilities. You will attend special seminars by science professionals, develop your capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries and undertake independent research - all while taking advantage of the wide range of field trips and other opportunities that JCU and the Tropics have to offer.

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 Bachelor of Advanced Science prepares high achieving highly motivated students for careers as the future leaders and researchers in the sciences where strong quantitative skills and in-depth knowledge are in high demand.

Course highlights

Access to industry experts: Special seminars from leading science professionals across a range of disciplines will develop your capacity to engage with the increasingly multi-disciplinary challenges of the modern world. 

Fieldwork and practical activities: deliver hands on experiences of tropical environments. For example, rainforests, mangroves and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. 

Small class sizes: You get more personalised attention throughout your studies. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join a variety of professional associations, societies and institutes depending on the major chosen. For further details, refer to the ‘Professional recognition’ subheading listed under your relevant Bachelor of Science major.

Course overview

This course prepares highly motivated students for careers as future science leaders and researchers, emphasizing advanced quantitative skills and independent research. 

In first year, students complete core subjects with emphasis on foundational quantitative and computational skills that are increasingly important across the sciences. Quantitative, writing and research skills are further developed in subsequent years, culminating in a research internship in third year, which leverages these skills to tackle an outstanding problem in the student’s chosen field of expertise. 

You will experience field work and practical activities that provide a deep understanding of the range of biological, physical, chemical and geological processes that structure natural environments. Students can select from the following majors:

  • Aquaculture Science and Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Physics
  • Zoology and Ecology

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

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 Minerology 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 from Table B or 12 credit points of any level 2 or 3 science subject

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table C 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

BAD-AQT

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Earth Science

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Mathematics

Townsville

BAD-MTM

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

 

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

 

TABLE B (SCIENCE MINORS)

Type of Minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

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

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

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

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

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

BSC-AMM-MIN

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).

TABLE C (INTER-DISCIPLINARY MINORS)

Type of minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Data Science

Townsville

 

Education

Cairns

Townsville

External

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

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 Minerology 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 from Table B or 12 credit points of any level 2 or 3 science subject

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table C 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

BAD-AQT

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Earth Science

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Mathematics

Townsville

BAD-MTM

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

 

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

 

TABLE B (SCIENCE MINORS)

Type of Minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

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

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

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

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

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

BSC-AMM-MIN

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).

TABLE C (INTER-DISCIPLINARY MINORS)

Type of minor

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Data Science

Townsville

 

Education

Cairns

Townsville

External

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

10 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 20 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 available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

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.