- Townsville: January
3 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C)
Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); plus one of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics
Discover where you excel in the medical, healthcare, clinical and research industries with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. JCU’s unique course design equips you to explore multiple fields and embrace a career that’s right for you.
With only one prerequisite, English, JCU’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences is designed differently. We recognise that the most important prerequisite for the biomedical field is an enduring interest in expanding your learning and a commitment to helping others. Engage with foundational learning in chemistry, physics and genetics, no matter what you studied in high school.
Design the first-year program that supports you to expand your existing knowledge. Foundational subjects in chemistry and mathematics are available to students who did not complete these in secondary school. Students that already hold this assumed knowledge can explore subject offerings in bioinformatics, veterinary science, healthcare communication or general health.
Examine the wide-ranging subject areas of biomedicine in your second year and take the opportunity to explore subject areas that interest you. This broad knowledge and skill base equips you to select the major that best aligns with your study, career or research goals from your third year. Explore the majors available within the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in more detail below.
Biomedicine is a diverse and flexible field of study. Multiple transfer points and focused majors empower you to specialise in the career of your choice sooner. JCU is committed to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to excel across the healthcare sphere.
Engage with hands-on learning opportunities from your first year. You’ll benefit from the expertise of lecturers and industry experts as you develop valuable work skills in state-of-the-art laboratories, hospitals, and medical centres, both on- and off-campus. JCU’s small class sizes provide you with additional opportunities for personalised learning and tailored support.
JCU’s unique focus on tropical health and disease management will ensure a hands-on, practical learning experience like no other.
This flexible degree will set you on a pathway to finding the area of healthcare you are truly committed to. A Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences can act as that key springboard into a medical-related career.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences.
Choose from six different majors, each designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to specialise in key biomedical fields. All majors are offered on-campus at JCU Townsville.
Hone the skills to collect, understand and apply biological and medical data. Understand how data is managed in the medical and healthcare fields and contribute innovative solutions to complex problems. Build expertise in this rapidly expanding field that has clinical, research, and governmental applications.
Be equipped for a future in the medical, dental or allied health industries. Develop an advanced understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and bioengineering. Use this major as your starting point to build the foundational knowledge required to excel in the health service industries.
Medical Laboratory Science
Be at the forefront of healthcare research and diagnostics and develop extensive theoretical and medical knowledge across several fields of medical science. You will gain hands-on clinical and laboratory skills with placement opportunities and training in world-class diagnostic medical laboratories and research centres.
Microbiology and Immunology
Gain the skills and knowledge in the theories of epidemiology, molecular genetics, cell biology, and advanced immunobiology. Extend your knowledge by understanding and analysing the theories of infectious diseases and tropical microbes.
Molecular and Cell Biology
Study and apply the theories of modelling natural systems, quantitative methods in science, molecular genetics, and cell biology. Develop knowledge and skills in the field of immunology, understand the origins of specific diseases and disorders and examine tropical microbes.
Physiology and Pharmacology
Gain the knowledge and skills to understand and apply pathophysiology and therapeutics theory. Consolidate your professional practice, laboratory management and quality assurance skills to ensure you can excel in numerous pharmacology roles.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 65.40
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
English (Units 3/4,C);
Recommended Knowledge: Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); plus one of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
You will find your course requirements here:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
72 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
BM1110:03 Molecules to Microbes
CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or 3 credit points of subjects from List 1 (if Chemistry recommended knowledge has been met)
MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or 3 credit points of subjects from List 1 (if Mathematics Methods recommended knowledge has been met)
CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science
BM1210:03 Structure to Function: Control & Movement
BM1201:03 Energy Metabolism: Powering Life
BM1300:03 Genetics and Health
BM1310:03 Structure to Function: Cells to Systems
HS1401:03 Health and Healthcare in Australia
BM1111:03 Introduction to Health Sciences
RH1002:03 Communication for Healthcare Professionals
SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth
TV1101:03 Introduction to Veterinary Science
BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity
CP1401:03 Programming I
BM1111:03 Introduction to Health Sciences
MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations
BM2110:03 Physiology 1: Growth and Movement
BM2120:03 Microbial Diversity
BM2210:03 Physiology 2: Powering Life
BM2220:03 Infection and Immunity
BM2230:03 DNA: From Start to Stop
BM3332:03 Advanced Projects in Biomedicine
Select a major from Table A
TABLE A (Majors)
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Students who have not met Chemistry and or Mathematics Assumed Knowledge Course Pre-requisites must enrol in CH1020 and or MA1020 in Trimester 1 of their first year of study
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
48 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course
A maximum of 9 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3
BACHELOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Inclusion of majors on
Any major may 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.
Students who have completed 48 credit points of their professional 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 Associate Degree of Health Sciences.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Available as a separate graduate entry course
Students must satisfy the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree
An 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 ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores 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.
Contact us to find out more.
Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates before undertaking a placement. These requirements need to be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period. Visit Professional Experience Placement for further information.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
If you’re into science, if you’re into helping people, if you want to further research in microbiology and immunology, definitely get into biomedical science. It’s awesome.
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
I enjoyed the research experience in biomedicine so much that I pursued further immunology study through a Master of Philosophy. The abundance of practical laboratory experience was vital and the quality mentorship and guidance in the biomedical sciences degree certainly facilitated my success.
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences is designed to launch the careers of the next generation, who will continue to push the boundaries of personalised medicine and healthcare. Students are trained to use the same tools and pipelines currently utilised by modern bioinformatic researchers.
Associate Professor Ulf Schmitz
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
This interactive course structure, guided by the Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, ensures that students receive the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge. The potential impact of their work on biodiversity, food production, tropical health, and more is extremely exciting.
Statewide Clinical Education Program Manager, Department of Health, QLD
JCU graduates have a really strong focus on the patient journey, probably because they have developed interpretation and analysis skills across multiple sciences. They are great at understanding the pathophysiology of the various chronic diseases that impact our patients.