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Bachelor of Advanced Science

Location
Townsville, Cairns
Commencing
February
Duration
3 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
OP 6 | English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA).
ATAR 88.95 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C).
Recommended: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths C or Specialist Mathematics
QTAC Code
CNS: 326361
TSV: 316361
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JCU Advanced Science graduates are highly-skilled professionals who find employment in a variety of industries.

Graduates pursue careers in areas including marine biology, aquaculture, earth science, chemistry, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and zoology and ecology.

You could find employment as a research assistant, laboratory technician, scientific journalist, environmental scientist, physicist, teacher, or patent lawyer. Or you could continue onto further studies with the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

Advanced Science graduates may also choose to apply for graduate entry into science, medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, dentistry, or other health sciences.

Graduates who major in Chemistry may be eligible to register for non-corporate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). With an additional three years of Chemistry experience, you may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.

Pursue excellence with JCU’s Bachelor of Advanced Science program. Learn from world-renowned lecturers, meet experts in their field and conduct hands-on research in North Queensland’s unique tropical environment.

Develop your passion for discovery and choose from nine different majors. You will also choose from a set of core advanced skill subjects to develop analytical and modelling skills that are highly sought-after by future employers.

Apply your skills and knowledge to real-world research projects and have the opportunity to be published in international scientific journals. Go on overseas exchange programs and study natural environments in other parts of the world. Use your degree as a pathway to other health professions or higher research.

Become a science and research leader. JCU Advanced Science graduates are elite, innovative professionals who are equipped for the future.

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You can choose from nine different Science majors.

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Benefit from access to the Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility for the hands-on discovery of the sustainable practices of aquaculture.

Students explore the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. JCU graduates have a deep understanding of the biodiversity of species, the design of aquaculture systems and the basics of nutrition.

Chemistry

With award-winning laboratories at the JCU Science Place and access to industry leaders, students benefit from small class sizes and the personalised approach of lecturers.

Accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), a JCU Chemistry major provides skills in analytical chemistry, synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry, and kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions.

Data Science

Experience the power of data visualization, Big Data and machine learning. Learn how to develop sophisticated algorithms and create innovation solutions to contemporary problems.

Mastermind database systems, programs, models and projects. Learn from experts in the field and become part of the exponentially growing field of Data Science. Be at the forefront of the Data Science revolution with a Data Science major.

Earth Science

With access to state-of-the-art facilities like JCU Fletcherview Field Station, JCU students gain practical skills studying and assessing the unique biodiverse region of North Queensland.

Build your understanding of the effect of humans on the natural environment and build skills to develop solutions to lessen the impact. Graduates have a thorough understanding of how to develop cost-effective and innovative techniques for environmental management.

Marine Biology

Benefit from access to one of the most diverse and fragile marine ecosystems in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. With opportunities to do hands-on research at world-class JCU Orpheus Island Field Station, You will learn from expert lecturers and benefit from researchers’ strong links with industry.

Be equipped to address critical challenges facing marine and coastal ecosystems. Graduates deeply understand humans’ impact on the marine environment and how the oceans and atmosphere interact.

Mathematics

Develop highly sought after problem-solving, analytical and quantitative reasoning skills. You will gain a thorough understanding of various mathematical techniques, data analysis, and multivariate statistical methods.

JCU graduates have the skills to formulate mathematical models, illustrating science and engineering problems, and use various techniques to help find solutions.

Molecular and Cell Biology

Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. Develop an in-depth understanding of molecular genetics. Learn how to amplify and edit DNA sequences and conduct laboratory-based and field-based projects.

JCU students study the basis of health and disease at a molecular level and analyse the functions of a whole cell. Graduates have the foundations needed to work towards developments of modern medicine and biotechnology.

Physics

Develop the expertise to explore some of the universe’s most challenging questions. Accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics, a Physics major at JCU provides you with knowledge and skills across multiple physics disciplines.

Students learn the fundamentals of energy, quantum mechanics, relativity, antimatter, weather, and climate. The ability to think critically and be experimental is built by exploring biophysics, molecular electronics, and organic solar cells. You will study the structure of matter, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum physics, oceanography and meteorology, and thermodynamics.

Zoology and Ecology

Study amazing rainforests and diverse species. Go on field trips to Borneo or the Galapagos Islands. Access the JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory to learn about biosecurity, behavioural ecology, conservation biology and ecological modelling. Perform research in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia.

JCU students learn from world experts, studying the science of the biology of plants and animals and the natural world that they live in.

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 rigours 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.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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Bachelor of Advanced Science

Handbook year

2020

Course code

115510

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Advanced Science will be seeking accreditation by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) in 2019. Once accredited, graduates will be automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The Chemistry major for this course is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  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.

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Pre-requisites

Required: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths 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.

Additional Course Requirements

Students who do not have Chemistry to Year 12 and wish to undertake the Chemistry major or the Molecular and Cell Biology major will be required to undertake the preparatory subject, CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry in their first year of study.

Students should undertake this subject in block mode where available and be aware that restrictions may apply to electives if they wish to complete in the normal three (3) year time frame. This subject typically starts earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information.

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.

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

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

PLUS

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

Level 3

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

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 2 (Advanced Skill Subjects)

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

OPTIONS

Select one of the following Options

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

PLUS

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

or

Select a Minor from Table B

*Students who wish to complete the Chemistry or Molecular and Cell Biology Majors and have not completed high school level Chemistry must undertake CH1020 Preparatory Chemistry

NOTE: Students choosing the Physics Major must select 3 credit points of a Level 3 or Level 5 subject

List 1 (Skill Subjects)

Select a subject which is not already in your Major

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

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra

List 2 (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

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

SC5502:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

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

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

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry or equivalent or will need to complete the preparatory subject within this course structure

Data Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

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

 

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry or equivalent or will need to complete the preparatory subject within this course structure

Physics

Townsville

The Advanced 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

This minor is compulsory for students studying a Physics major

Advanced Physics

Townsville

Aquaculture Science & 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 and Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

Marine Biology

Townsville

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

Mathematics

Townsville

Not available as a primary Science minor

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 (Marine Biology or Aquaculture).

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 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

Should 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

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Credit will be granted only for subjects 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 this course.

Other restrictions

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

A maximum credit of 12 credit points 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

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 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

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 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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

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