Media Release

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Science is booming at JCU
Prof Marcus Lane stands next to Mikala Wright outside The Science Place
Prof. Marcus Lane and commencing student Mikala Wright. Photo: JCU Media.

James Cook University is experiencing strong growth in its undergraduate science courses, despite a national decline in the study of science at university in recent years.

Enrolments in undergraduate science courses (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Advanced Science) at JCU have grown by 16% since last year.

Competition for places in Science courses is at an all-time high, with the largest ever proportion of applicants with an OP of between 1 and 10 applying for the courses at JCU.

The number of students enrolling in JCU’s innovative Advanced Science degree has more than doubled compared to last year’s enrolment.

The Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Professor Marcus Lane said it’s a great result, and an endorsement of the quality of JCU’s teaching and research.

“We have invested in world-class research and teaching facilities at The Science Building and elsewhere, and this renewed interest is an acknowledgement of the quality of our science, which is recognised internationally.

“Nationally, interest in science courses has been flat in recent years, so it’s fantastic to see this turnaround.

“It’s very exciting for our teachers and scientists, and great news for northern Australia,” Professor Lane said.

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