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Bachelor of Advanced Science

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.


in Queensland for full-time graduate employment* *Good Universities Guide 2021, UG study area


in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology* *CWUR 2017

Five stars

for learner engagement and student support* *Good Universities Guide 2021, UG study area


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


3 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements


English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

Recommended Knowledge

At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics

QTAC Codes

  • 316361
  • 326361

Course detail

Real stories

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    Casey Bowden

    Bachelor of Advance Science, majoring in Marine Biology, minor in Chemistry

    Here, the opportunities are endless. It’s absolutely amazing to study and the facilities are incredible. The fieldwork options are amazing as well, with the Great Barrier Reef at our doorstep.

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    Mikala Wright

    Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Physics, minor in Chemistry and Advanced Mathematics

    I love the challenge of science — there is so much to learn and many new things to come. I chose Advanced Science at JCU because I wanted to push myself and the program focused on building work-ready skills. Doing placements taught me so much about not only applying theory but what the career truly entails.

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    Hannah Green

    Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Zoology, Ecology and Earth Science

    The best part of the degree was the seminars where we met with the coordinator and other professional scientists who showed us a wide range of pathways and careers in industry, government and academia. The cohort was small so their advice and support was very personal which helped me develop confidence and direction.

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    Associate Professor Eric Roberts

    Head of Earth and Environmental Science

    It is nice to be part of a smaller university where staff and students actually get to know each other, and where there is opportunity to be involved in research. A highlight of our degree is the opportunity for field-based learning, bringing students into the field, and providing real hands on learning.

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    Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn

    Australian Institute of Marine Science

    JCU students are of a like mind to us. They want to make the world a better place and they bring that desire into their work with us. They are practical, passionate and willing to tackle challenging problems through science.