Bachelor of Advanced Science
James Cook University - Cairns

Course outline

This course prepares high-achieving, highly motivated students to be future science leaders and researchers. First year core subjects emphasise quantitative and computational skills while third year students undertake a research internship to explore an outstanding problem in their chosen fields. Leading science professionals deliver seminars designed to develop students’ capacity to engage with the multidisciplinary challenges of the modern world. Students participate in fieldwork and practical activities to better understand the biological, physical, chemical, and geological processes that structure natural environments. The Physics major of this course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Advanced Science at JCU.
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Townsville: advanced molecular and cell biology; aquaculture science and technology; chemistry; data science; earth science; marine biology; mathematics; physics; zoology and ecology. Cairns: data science; earth science; zoology and ecology. Only the first year of the aquaculture science and technology and marine biology majors can be studied at Cairns.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Recommended study
At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C).
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Higher education study

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Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

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Career opportunities

Researcher and research technician with government bodies, research organisations, private industries and consultancies in the fields of specialisation.

Course Code
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Offer rounds
CSP/$6900 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time

Cairns & Far North Queensland