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  • Science

    Undergraduate courses2012 Science

    Science (Advanced)


    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    Business and Environmental Science


    Ecology and Conservation

    Environmental Science

    Environmental and Marine Geosciences

    General Science

    Genetics and Genomics



    Marine Biology

    Marine Biology (Advanced)

    Marine Science









  • Louise SchoneveldStudying Bachelor of Geology

    Its hard to find people who like rocks as much a I do, so doing a uni course and meeting like-minded people is fantastic.

    The appeal of studying geology was sparked after studying Earth Science at high school and joining the Australian Student Mineral Venture, which involved visiting mine sites throughout Queensland.

    In first year the course deals with general science, but as I love camping and being in the middle of nowhere, Im really looking forward to doing four weeks field work during the semester break. Our geology teacher is also taking us to the Undara lava tubes as an

    extra-curricula activity, so thats exciting.

    I find it fascinating learning about the earths processes of creating rocks, the big volcanic eruptions, the gentle layering of sedimentary rocks and the metamorphic pressures that change rocks over millions of years.

    We also discuss earthquakes and volcanic events and how they can be predicted by sea level fluctuations. The course offers electives, which means you can study something totally random.

    Ive chosen a physics subject so Im also learning astronomy.

    The Townsville campus is great and I love living at college, meeting new people and having fun. As a result of joining a Facebook site called Engineering and Science Scholarships I successfully applied for a Queensland Resources Council scholarship, which helps pay my tuition fees.

    When I finish my degree Ill probably work at a mine site, then move into exploration when Im more experienced.

  • About James Cook University 2

    Study Science at James Cook University 3

    The student experience 4

    Science and maths are national priorities for higher education 5

    Academic courses

    Science 6

    Science (Advanced) 7

    Aquaculture 8

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 9

    Biotechnology 10

    Business and Environmental Science 11

    Chemistry 12

    Environmental Science 13

    Ecology and Conservation 14

    Environmental and Marine Geosciences 16

    Genetics and Genomics 17

    General Science 18

    Geography 20

    Geology 21

    Geology (Bachelor of Science) 22

    Marine Biology 24

    Marine Biology (Advanced) 26

    Marine Science 27

    Mathematics 28

    Microbiology 29

    Pharmacology 30

    Physiology 31

    Physics 32

    Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) 33

    Sustainability 34/35

    Zoology 36

    Joint degrees 37

    Alternative entry pathways 38

    Diploma of Science 38

    Sciences courses summary 39


    Science Undergraduate courses 2012

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  • About James Cook UniversityStrong foundationsA dynamic university with more than 17,000 students, main campuses in Townsville and Cairns and satellite campuses in Brisbane and Singapore, James Cook University (JCU) is Queenslands second oldest university.

    We offered our first courses in Townsville in 1961 as an annex of the University of Queensland. JCU became a university in its own right on 20 April 1970 when Queen Elizabeth II signed the proclamation in Townsville.

    Internationally recognisedA JCU qualification is internationally recognised for excellence. The Institute of Higher Education, which compiles the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ranks JCU as one of the worlds leading academic and research institutions, and in 2010 placed us in the top 301- 400 grouping of the more than 14,000 universities in the world.* In Asia and the Pacific, we are placed in the top 100.** Only one other university in Queensland makes this prestigious list.

    Teaching excellenceStudy with us and you will learn from expert lecturers. Over the past three years JCU academics have won more than 20 citations for teaching excellence from the

    Australian Teaching and Learning Council more teaching awards than many larger universities. With degrees accredited by leading professional organisations, the University received four stars in The Good Universities Guide 2011 for outstanding graduate employment results.

    Practical focusJCU courses will give you opportunities for hands-on experience from internships, vacation placements and real-world projects with business, industry and government organisations and field trips in the natural environments of northern Queensland. JCU works with employers and industry groups to make sure our courses reflect best industry practice.

    Our courses will give you the key skills essential to all successful careers effective writing and communication, how to research a topic effectively and the ability to use the latest technology.

    Helping you succeed JCU gives you the support you need to succeed. This starts with our friendly and approachable teaching staff and continues through to all of our services for students.

    Our Student Mentor Program links new students with second or third year students in the same course for

    advice and support. We also offer free workshops to help you improve your study and research skills.

    All of our students have access to the latest online study resources, 24-hour computer laboratories and free technology skills workshops. The JCU library, with its main hub at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus, is one of the best in Queensland.

    * International Handbook of Universities, International Union of Universities 2010.

    ** Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010. This ranking system is widely acknowledged as a leading global indicator of university status.

    A JCU qualification is internationally recognised for excellence.


  • Many key research organisations and industry

    groups collaborate with James Cook


    International standingJames Cook University is renowned for its expertise in teaching and research in science. We are Australias highest ranked university in environmental science and management, and fisheries science and research*. The Faculty of Science and Engineering enjoys an international reputation in several areas including tropical biology and conservation biology, earth science, environmental science and marine science.

    Broad study optionsScience at JCU covers a broad range of study areas. You will have access to an exciting choice of subjects to suit your interests and career goals. You may be able to customise your degree by adding a second major or choosing a joint degree option.

    The Bachelor of Science is a generic degree, giving you a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and allowing you to focus on a key area of interest with your choice of major. There are 17 different majors to choose from, giving all students a vast majority of options from different interest areas.

    The foundation first year of the Bachelor of Science gives students an overview of the available

    disciplines before having to choose the major and areas of specialisation within their degree. Alternatively, students can also choose not to specialise and complete the General Science degree. The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) is aimed at high achieving students, and is available across the 17 majors.

    The Bachelor of Marine Science is ranked among the top programs of its type in the world. The Bachelor of Geology offers you a unique opportunity to be coached by world leaders in this field. The Bachelor of Planning will train you for a career in planning or town planning, and all of these courses capitalise on the tropical location of JCU.

    Why study Science in the tropics?Your science studies can really come to life in this unique, World Heritage listed part of Australia. Learn about the history of plants with field trips to the rainforests of the Wet Tropics with their Gondwana era plants, or study the biodiversity of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef. Budding geologists can study young volcanoes, lava tubes and rocks that are hundreds of millions of years old, on field trips from either the Cairns or Townsville campuses.

    Valuable partnershipsMany key research organisations and industry groups collaborate with James Cook University. These links ensure our course materials reflect the latest research and our students have access to meaningful vacation placements. Partner organisations include: CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Development, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Museum of Tropical Queensland and Geoscience Australia.

    Excellence in research for AustraliaIn adition to our ERA number one ranking, JCU was also awarded above world standard in the areas of geochemistry, geology, ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology and zoology.

    Study Science at James Cook University

    * Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2010 national report

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  • The student experienceExplore and experimentScience students at JCU learn to observe, analyse,