Bachelor of Science
James Cook University - Cairns

Course outline

In this course, students can select and study subjects from their major starting in first year, and continue to specialise in second and third years. Students participate in fieldwork and practical experience. They undertake hands-on study and research in areas such as tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, mangroves, tropical savannah, and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as in more traditional science areas. Students can undertake an honours year. The Physics major of this course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) while the Chemistry major is accredited with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
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Townsville: aquaculture science and technology; chemistry; data science; earth science; marine biology; mathematics; molecular and cell biology; physics; zoology and ecology. Cairns: data science; earth science; zoology and ecology. Only the first year of the following majors can be studied at Cairns: aquaculture science and technology; marine biology; mathematics.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (Science)/B Science.

Other requirements

Not all majors are available at both campuses.

Admissions Criteria

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Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Recommended study
At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 and 4, C).
Assumed knowledge

English (Units 3 and 4, C), Mathematical Methods (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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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




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

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

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

International students

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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
Start Date

Offer rounds
CSP/$7850 (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