Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science

JCU’s Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science is a joint degree that qualifies students for a wide range of employment and career opportunities in administration, research, communication, education and other fields.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B, Chemistry
OP/Rank
16/65

Career opportunities

There are many varied pathways for graduates of this joint degree. There are a number of possible combinations of majors – for example you could study a language that can lead to work with scientists from different countries and cultures, or study media and writing with environmental science or geography, environmental earth science and sociology, and even combine politics or archaeology with marine biology.

As a Science-Arts graduate you may pursue careers in management, or as a consultant or technician in a wide range of organisations in the private sector, research and government departments.

Graduates can also pursue additional study to teach in schools or in higher education. Alternatively, with further study, you can go on to contribute to higher education and research.

Depending on your choices of majors you may be eligible for registration with professional bodies within your chosen fields of study.

Course highlights

JCU is renowned for its excellence in teaching and science research – many of our staff are world leaders in their fields. You will enjoy field trips to fantastic locations, with easy access to the World Heritage regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Depending on your choice of science major, you will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and research vessels.

Your Arts subjects will develop your communication and research skills, and will learn to critically analyse information.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science gives you the opportunity to specialise in two different study areas. Combining majors from Arts and Science will teach you to access a deeper understanding of scientific principles, while balancing them with critical thinking skills and knowledge gained through studying the humanities. Some subjects in Arts are available online, giving you greater flexibility while you study.

How to apply


Applicants who gain entry into the Bachelor of Arts can study a combined degree with the Bachelor of Science. Students must also satisfy the additional entry requirements for their selected science discipline - refer to Bachelor of Science.

To apply for the Bachelor of Arts 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 (311031) - Apply nowCairns (321031) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

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

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science or CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes:

AN, AR, AY, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS

PLUS

Select a Science major from Table A

PLUS

Select an Arts major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 2 Science subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Science subjects

TABLE A (SCIENCE MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single Science major

Credit points in major

30 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

SCIENCE MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Biochemistry /Molecular Biology

Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry

Chemistry

Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Environmental Science and Geography

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Geography

Cairns (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)

 

Geology

Cairns

Townsville

Only first year available in Cairns

Marine Biology

Townsville

No mid-year entry

Mathematics

Cairns

Townsville

Only first year available in Cairns

No mid-year entry in Cairns

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

TABLE B (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single Arts major

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

ARTS MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects are available internally in Townsville

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Environmental Studies

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

French Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Townsville

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Italian

Cairns

Japanese Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

Japanese Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

Media and Writing

Townsville

 

Multimedia Journalism

Townsville

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology

Cairns

Townsville

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

Sociology

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 Arts – Bachelor of Science

Course code

12010

Course type

Bachelor Degree (Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B and Chemistry for all science majors except:

Physics major - English, Maths B, Chemistry and 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.

Post-admission requirements

Some majors within the Bachelor of Science require attendance at block mode or limited attendance subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus. Students may be required to attend block 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 course rules

The course shall include 48 credit points of Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 3, and 48 credit points of Science subjects as per course structure.

Additional completion requirementsThe psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.  Students wishing to complete the APAC accredited sequence under the Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science should consult the course structure for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and seek further advice.

Course learning outcomes

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

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

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science or CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes:

AN, AR, AY, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS

PLUS

Select a Science major from Table A

PLUS

Select an Arts major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 2 Science subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Science subjects

TABLE A (SCIENCE MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single Science major

Credit points in major

30 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

SCIENCE MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Biochemistry /Molecular Biology

Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry

Chemistry

Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Environmental Science and Geography

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

Geography

Cairns (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)

 

Geology

Cairns

Townsville

Only first year available in Cairns

Marine Biology

Townsville

No mid-year entry

Mathematics

Cairns

Townsville

Only first year available in Cairns

No mid-year entry in Cairns

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Available for mid-year entry

TABLE B (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single Arts major

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

ARTS MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects are available internally in Townsville

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Environmental Studies

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

French Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Townsville

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Italian

Cairns

Japanese Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

Japanese Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

Media and Writing

Townsville

 

Multimedia Journalism

Townsville

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology

Cairns

Townsville

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

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 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 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

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

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies 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.

Award Details

Award title

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science

Approved abbreviation

BA-BSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Both majors shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

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

Eligibility

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

Honours

Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study. Please refer to either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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.