Bachelor of Science

Develop your passion for innovation and make a genuine difference to your community and the environment. Undertake real-world research in unrivalled locations including the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and dry savannahs.


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

Fees are based on 2020 figures and are subject to change

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


3 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

ATAR 66.5

Assumed Knowledge

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

Recommended Knowledge

One of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C)

QTAC Codes

  • 316061
  • 326061

Course detail

Real stories

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    Lauren Taylor

    Bachelor of Science, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology

    There is a lot of opportunity for hands-on learning and many of the science subjects integrate this into their coursework to give you heaps of experience working in a lab or out in the field. I really enjoyed all of the practical components as it gave me opportunities to use my knowledge in real-time situations.

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    Angus Shephard

    Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Chemistry

    JCU has a great range of facilities which have allowed me to collect research data and gain hands-on experience in a variety of relevant skills and techniques. I’ve had many great opportunities, whether it be attending conferences to present my research to spending time overseas to collaborate on research projects.

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    International student – USA

    Shania Bolen

    Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology and Ecology

    JCU provided me with the best location possible in the Tropics, along with a great research reputation. It also allowed me to take courses that let me fully learn and explore topics that I was passionate about. I loved it so much that I transferred to finish my degree here!

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    Dr Tasmin Rymer

    College of Science and Engineering

    JCU is recognised globally for its excellence in research in several areas. Our small class sizes provide students with access to lecturers who genuinely care about their progress and their studies. Our courses are also embedded with work-integrated learning, making JCU graduates highly sought after in the workforce.

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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.