Additional course rules
A minimum of 15 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 1.
A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1.
A minimum of 15 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 2.
A minimum of 18 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 3 or higher.
Students may seek permission to enrol in one or more level 5 subjects.
Preparatory subjects (MA1020 and CH1020) are available only under the General major and cannot be credited towards other majors in the course.
Not more than a total of 12 credit points may be credited from subjects from other Colleges.
Unless otherwise approved by the Dean of College, a student for the Bachelor of Science degree shall obtain a major from subjects listed in the course structure. Only subjects passed at a grade of P (Pass) or higher can be counted towards a major.
Additional completion requirements
Students enrolled in an advanced major in the BSc must attain a course GPA of 5.5 in order to graduate with that advanced major. A student who completes an advanced major with a GPA of less than 5.5 over their whole course will be eligible to graduate with the equivalent standard major.
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 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.