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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science

Townsville, Cairns
No mid-year intake at Cairns campus
February, July
5 years full-time
Part-time available
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Entry Requirements
OP 12 | English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)
ATAR 73.3 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
Rank 75
CNS: 324051
TSV: 314051
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Engineers have unique problem solving skills, which when combined with a Science specialisation can create a valuable qualification for many industries and for government and research careers.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Engineering Honours - Bachelor of Science

Enhance your career opportunities and develop a unique skill set through a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science from JCU (similar to a Bachelor of Science and Engineering). Gain expertise and be ready for the jobs of the future with a double degree in engineering and science.

Experience the Incredible

Become highly desirable to employers as you leverage the unique cultural and environmental opportunities only JCU can offer. Develop as a scientist as you work alongside world-class researchers in JCU's state-of-the-art research facilities. Prepare to succeed through courses with small class sizes and learn from industry-leading engineering lecturers committed to student success.

Gain a special mastery of the challenges facing engineering and scientific research in the tropics through your access to World Heritage sites and world-class research stations. Be a versatile and flexible scientist as you work within cultural contexts to understand the needs of marginalised people and the challenges of marrying economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Gain valuable experience in modern laboratories through courses designed around real industry needs and practical work placements. Graduate ready to enter the job market with a degree accredited by Engineers Australia.

Ready Today for Tomorrow with An Engineering Science Degree

Tomorrow's problems are complex; be ready to meet them with an engineering science degree and your chosen specialisation. Your world-class education begins here, as you develop your career goals with help from passionate lecturers and tutors. Prepare to surpass your goals as you qualify to work in many industries throughout the engineering and scientific fields.

Explore different career pathways with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science from JCU. The following are some of the Science specialities you could choose.


Build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in organic and inorganic chemistry, kinetics and the cutting-edge instrumental techniques you will need to succeed. Work anywhere in the world with a degree accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Develop your professional network through access to award-winning laboratories, top researchers in the field and visits to local industries.

Data Science

Become an expert in the tech driving today's most sought-after jobs. Master the sophisticated algorithms that are leveraging Big Data and changing everything about how modern businesses work. Be ready to work anywhere with your skills in analytics and machine learning, including government, healthcare, finance and internet start-ups.

Marine Biology

Develop your understanding of the world with access to one of Earth's most diverse ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef, and gain hands-on skills at JCU's Orpheus Island Research Station. Build skills that are applicable to all areas of marine biology as you see first-hand how ecosystems interact and how human activity affects them.


Make a difference as a leader ready to tackle the most challenging questions in the universe. Build a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge, then apply that knowledge in practical situations in energy development, quantum mechanics, weather and climate research or biophysics. Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in telecommunications, aerospace, meteorology, health, energy production, or wherever your interests take you.

Change the World With an Engineering Science Degree

Lead the way in addressing our world's greatest challenges. Graduate from JCU ready to bring meaningful answers to humanity's most pressing questions, with a joint degree that offers unique opportunities in study, research, skills development and professional networking.
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Studying Engineering at JCU offers unique opportunities for you to gain expertise in the particular challenges and demands of engineering in the tropics.

Students have access to well-equipped, modern laboratories, highly qualified teaching staff and best-practice course content that is reviewed by an industry advisory board. The course incorporates design, project management, team work and effective communication skills.

You will gain valuable industry experience and contacts with 12 weeks of paid, industry-based placements throughout the course.

The capstone to your study is the final year project, which gives you the opportunity to carry out a significant research or design task under the leadership of a supervising member of academic staff.


The Bachelor of Science is a broad and flexible degree that gives you a deeper understanding of scientific principles while focusing on a key area of interest through your choice of major. Single and double majors are available after your first year.

Our proximity to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics regions, plus ready access to a broad range of other unique environments makes JCU the ideal place to study Science.

You can choose from five different Engineering majors. The electronic systems and internet of things major is only available at the Cairns campus while all other majors are only available at the Townsville campus.

Chemical Engineering

Create, manipulate and design products using raw materials, and chemistry and physics principles. Become an expert in the intricacies of reactor design and modelling, and learn how to comprehend the concepts of instrumental analysis. Build an in-depth understanding of advanced chemical technologies such as minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and bioprocessing.

Civil Engineering

Benefit from JCU’s expert lecturers and explore various civil engineering disciplines such as structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, transport and environmental engineering. Develop the skills required to assess the environmental impact of large projects and understand how to build community engagement. JCU graduates have a thorough understanding of how to make cities better places to live.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Learn how to design and maintain electrical energy infrastructure through the application of the electrical principles. You will integrate theory with practice and visit telecommunications companies, power utilities and mines. Build a comprehensive knowledge of electrical materials, circuit theory, single phase and three phase power system modelling and signal processing.

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering

Develop sensor technologies, analyse big data and design smart technology that relates to various industries. Work with cloud computing and wireless communication utilising a state-of-the-art Internet of Things research lab. Become innovative technology leaders, accessing world-class lecturers and their strong industry partnerships.

Mechanical Engineering

Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics to analyse, design, manufacture and maintain machines across almost all industries. Learn the foundations of thermofluid mechanics and the dynamics of machine elements. Through experiential learning, apply your understanding of heat exchange, momentum and strength of materials to design machines.

There are nine Science majors to choose from. You can choose to study one or two majors. Not all majors are available at all campuses.

Aquaculture Science and Technology

With lecturers who are world-leaders in tropical aquaculture research and development, discover the sustainable practices of aquaculture. Access to the JCU Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility will enhance your knowledge and provide current practical skills.

Throughout this major, you will explore the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. You will understand the biodiversity of species and how they are farmed, the design of aquaculture systems, and the basics of nutrition.

With a focus on tropical species, our researchers’ strong links to industry will give you a sound professional network when you graduate. Career opportunities include jobs in hatcheries, stock nutrition programs and management, fresh water and marine farming, or aquaculture research.


Study in award-winning laboratories and gain an insight into the industry with excursions to local companies in the chemistry industry. You will benefit from small class sizes and the personalised approach of our lecturers.

Gain current skills and explore the many areas of chemistry including analytical chemistry, synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry, and kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions. In your third year, you will learn a number of instrumental techniques widely used in the industry.

Accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), this chemistry major will open up career opportunities both nationally and internationally. Working across a number of industries, job prospects could include analytical chemists, research chemists, clinical diagnosticians, forensic scientists or environmental scientists.

Please note: mid-year entry is not available for the Chemistry major.

Data Science

Data and analytics capabilities have made a leap forward in recent years. The volume of available data has grown exponentially, more sophisticated algorithms have been developed, and computational power and storage have steadily improved.

Career opportunities in data science, big data and analytics are growing dramatically. Data scientists work in every industry – from defence departments to internet start-ups and financial institutions – and tackle big data projects on every level. They are among the most sought-after jobs in the tech world today.

The Data Science major packages existing data science subjects together with new subjects on Data Visualisation, Big Data and Machine Learning.

Earth Science

Offered on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses, access the biodiverse region of North Queensland. Gain relevant practical skills by studying and assessing the surrounding environments such as both the Wet and Dry Tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Experience field trips where you will collect, analyse and interpret data. You will gain a thorough understanding of the effect of humans on the natural environment and build skills to develop solutions to lessen the impact. With access to the JCU Fletcherview Research Station, you will learn about resource and environmental impact assessment, mine site rehabilitation, and soil and water science.

With an understanding of how to develop cost-effective and innovative techniques for environmental management, job opportunities exist in many sectors. You can work as a consultant, in government or industry. Potential career options could include geologist, geographer, hydrologist, soil scientist, climatologist, environmental scientist or oceanographer.

Marine Biology

Learn from lecturers who are world-leaders and be equipped to address critical challenges facing marine and coastal ecosystems. You will study in a location that gives you access to one of the most diverse and fragile marine ecosystems in the world, the Great Barrier Reef.

By studying the surrounding habitats of the Great Barrier Reef, you will discover the impact that humans have on the marine environment and how the oceans and atmosphere interact. You will gain valuable employability skills through practical experiments and opportunities to visit the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station.

Benefit from our researchers’ strong links with industry including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), TropWater and CSIRO Townsville. As a marine biologist, you could work in conservation biology and policy, environmental and resource management, fisheries biology, ecosystem restoration and marine impact assessments.


Develop the problem-solving, analytical and quantitative reasoning skills that are highly sought-after by employers worldwide. With small class sizes, you will get the one-on-one support required to excel as a mathematician.

Understand a number of mathematical techniques, data analysis, and multivariate statistical methods. You will learn how to formulate mathematical models to illustrate science and engineering problems, and use various techniques to help find solutions.

To enhance your employability skills, you have the flexibility to combine this major with another science major. As a mathematician, you can work in many sectors such as information technology, animated films, business and finance, astronomy and space exploration, climate study or meteorology, cryptography, and applied research.

Molecular and Cell Biology

Learn how to amplify and edit DNA sequences and conduct laboratory-based and field-based projects. Throughout your degree, you will study the basis of health and disease at a molecular level and analyse the functions of a whole cell.

Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. Study biochemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and bioinformatics, and have an in-depth understanding of molecular genetics. These structures and processes form the basis of all living matter and provide insights into complex biological interactions.

Develop the foundations needed to work towards developments of modern medicine and biotechnology. You will have the knowledge to work across a breadth of industries — job opportunities include working in research laboratories, hospital and diagnostic departments, and biotech or pharmaceutical companies.


Explore some of the universe’s most challenging questions. Accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics, this major will give you a broad range of practical and theoretical skills across various physics disciplines.

Physicists study the laws of nature; you will learn the fundamentals of energy, quantum mechanics, relativity, antimatter, weather and climate. Develop your ability to think critically and be experimental 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.

As a physicist, your skills are relevant to a diverse number of careers. Job opportunities exist in industrial, scientific and educational occupations in fields such as health, meteorology, mining, environmental monitoring, energy production, telecommunications, and aerospace.

Please note: mid-year entry is not available for the Physics major.

Zoology and Ecology

Have the opportunity to learn from lecturers with global standing, study amazing rainforests and diverse species, and go on field trips to Borneo or the Galapagos Islands. Offered at both our Townsville and Cairns campuses, you will study in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia.

Study the science of the biology of plants and animals and the natural world that they live in. Discover many of the environmental threats to the Tropics by studying the effects of deforestation, infrastructure expansion, habitat fragmentation, over-hunting, and invasive species.

You will access the various environments of the Wet Tropics and our Daintree Rainforest Observatory to learn about biosecurity, behavioural ecology, conservation biology and ecological modelling. Potential job opportunities include wildlife or environmental consultant or zoologist or ecologist for a conservation, quarantine or biosecurity organisation.

Refer to the handbook for a detailed overview of each major and minor available.

The Handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.


An Honours degree supports entry into a Higher Degree by Research. High-achieving graduates of this course can enrol in this extra year and further develop critical thinking skills through completion of a research project and thesis. Refer to the Course Handbook for eligibility information.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can use the joint degree to broaden their educational experience or use this as an opportunity to specialise. Joint degrees equip you with additional expertise and can enhance your career opportunities.

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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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] – Bachelor of Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and, following a period of professional practice, may become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] - Bachelor of Science is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Graduates are automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Students considering the Molecular and Cell Biology major will require Senior Chemistry (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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Approved exposure to Professional Engineering Practice, including required activities and industry placement, equivalent to a minimum 60 days full-time industry placement.

Must hold current Senior First Aid certificate at the time of graduation.

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 Engineering (Honours) at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including depth in the underlying concepts and principles in one engineering discipline
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, formal project management, and decision-making strategies and their application in engineering practice
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and manage information from a range of sources for engineering practice and research.
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to the engineering discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific and/or engineering data using appropriate mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English language skills and a variety of media
  • Develop components, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex problems
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage continuing professional development
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

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


Level 1

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations (The College may recommend some students undertake MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics prior to undertaking MA1000)

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

Level 3

EG3000:03 Engineering Project Management

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2


Select an Engineering major from Table A


Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1 or if undertaking MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics then select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1


Select a Science major from Table B


Select 6 credit points of any Level 2 or 3 Science subjects

List 1

CC2511:03 Embedded Systems Design

CC3501:03 Computer Interfacing and Control

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

CP1404:03 Programming II

CP2406:03 Programming III

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2004:03 Surveying and Construction

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EE4000:03 Signal Processing 3

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra

MA2211:03 Discrete Mathematics

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

ME4521:03 Bulk Materials Handling

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Early Quantum

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

48 credit points


Students are expected to complete the core first year subjects of the course before commencing their chosen major

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the majors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities.  A fee may be charged by the College for costs associated with these trips




Chemical Engineering



Civil Engineering



Electrical and Electronic Engineering



Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering


Not available for mid-year entry

Mechanical Engineering




Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Aquaculture Science and Technology


The first year of study may be completed in Cairns




Data Science




Earth Science




Marine Biology


The first year of study may be completed in Cairns



The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Molecular and Cell Biology


Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)




Zoology and Ecology







Course not available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (ENGINEERING MAJORS) and TABLE B (SCIENCE MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Course available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (ENGINEERING MAJORS) and TABLE B (SCIENCE MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

13 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment

The engineering thesis topic must be specific to the student’s chosen engineering major

Professional accreditation

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



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


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 23 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 minimum of 18 credit points of engineering subjects (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis) should be completed at James Cook University for each of levels 3 and 4.

If the student requests credit approaching this maximum level, then the credit should be predominantly from the first two levels of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

The majors studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.

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 availability

Engineering Honours is embedded in the course.

Science Honours requires an extra 24 credit points of study.


Science Honours

Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.5 (i.e. average grade of Credit) is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Science Honours is to be taken.

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.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

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.

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