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Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science

Townsville; Cairns
February, July
4 years full-time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
English (4,SA) or English (Units 3/4,C), Maths B (4,SA) or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
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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.

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.

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 you will learn to critically analyse information.

This course 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.


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

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Students considering Science majors in Chemistry or Molecular and Cell Biology will require 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.

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 completion requirementsThe Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

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.

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


Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

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

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

SS1010:03  Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism

Level 2

SC2202:03  Quantitative Methods in Science

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03 Sensors and Sensing for Scientists


Select 9 credit points of level 2 or 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects


Select a Science major from Table A


Select an Arts major from Table B


Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Select 6 credit points of specified Level 1 subjects from List 1


Select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 2

List 1

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes or BZ1005:03 Introduction to Ecology

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

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundation

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

List 2

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra


Type of major

Mandatory, Single Science major

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Aquaculture Science and Technology


The first year of study may be completed in Cairns



Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

No mid-year entry

Data Science




Earth Science



Marine Biology


No mid-year entry

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns



No mid-year entry 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)

No mid-year entry

Zoology and Ecology




Type of major

Mandatory, Single Arts major

Credit points in major

24 credit points


All majors are available mid-year















Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

Design and Creative Arts



Visual Arts and Digital Imaging Focus (Cairns)

Design and Innovation Focus (Townsville)










Human Geography




Human Services




Indigenous Studies 




Modern Languages




Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:

  • French (Cairns and Townsville)
  • Japanese (Cairns and Townsville)
  • German (Townsville and External)
  • Italian (Cairns and Townsville)

Multimedia Journalism and Writing


Politics and International Relations




Not all subjects are available at all locations

Psychology Studies


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




Not all subjects are available internally





Not all majors are available in Cairns


Not all majors are available in Townsville


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


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)


Special assessment requirements


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



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

63 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 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Award Details

Award title

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Both majors shall 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

Not applicable


Honours availability

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


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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$37,360 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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