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    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Science

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    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 4 years
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    AUD 39,280  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Science


    Build your capacity for critical analysis and develop a strong knowledge and skill base across the arts and sciences. Select majors and electives that align with your interests, preparing you for diverse career opportunities. Develop practical skills for real-world research as well as advanced communication skills applicable to various arts, humanities and scientific fields.

    Be equipped with a diverse skill set appropriate for a career with unlimited potential. The Bachelor of Arts — Bachelor of Science joint degree develops your communication and research skills while also advancing your ability to critically analyse information. Combining this with a thorough understanding of basic and specialised scientific principles will make you stand out to future employers for your well-rounded abilities and knowledge base.

    The Bachelor of Arts — Bachelor of Science double degree, involves studying across four years (full-time) or eight years (part-time). You will complete a major from the arts disciplines and one from the science disciplines, and a selection of core subjects and electives from both areas.

    The arts disciplines will help you understand how humans recognise, record, and debate human practices, meanings, and values and show you how to apply this understanding to historical and contemporary social and cultural contexts. The arts disciplines include Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, English, History, Human Geography, Human Services, Indigenous Studies, Politics and International Relations, Psychology Studies and Sociology.

    The science disciplines will show you how observation and experimentation generate knowledge of the physical and material world and how to use this knowledge in various theoretical and practical scenarios and real-world situations. The science disciplines include Aquaculture, Chemistry, Data Science, Earth Science, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Molecular and Cell Biology and Zoology and Ecology.

    The Bachelor of Arts — Bachelor of Science will help you develop advanced communication and research skills. You will also learn sophisticated analytical techniques and build a thorough understanding of basic and specialised scientific principles. Your intimate knowledge of humanity, society, cultures and trends will broaden the spectrum of your research and learning capabilities in the sciences. You will develop a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between people and their natural and built environments. You will have the opportunity to undertake real-world research in unrivalled locations, including the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. You will have access to state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities like JCU’s The Science Place. Your well-rounded abilities and extensive knowledge base will make you stand out to future employers.

    Throughout your degree, you will develop key employability skills as well as valuable hands-on experience in your chosen science and arts disciplines. With the option to participate in field trips and research in the Bachelor of Science degree and opportunities for practical work placements in the Bachelor of Arts degree, you can graduate with confidence in your knowledge, skills and experience.

    View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

    Additional information

    Bachelor of Arts and Science

    JCU’s Bachelor of Arts and Science at Queensland offers students the perfect interdisciplinary course to keep scientific pursuits and research grounded in the concerns and principles of society. Graduates of this 4-year joint degree can become experts in their chosen fields without becoming prohibitively specialised. In other words, you can pursue a detailed understanding of marine biology and ecology while also becoming proficient in media marketing or sociology. You can use a major in anthropology to draw links between how different cultures approach scientific research and become an international advisor. The point of the Bachelor of Science and Arts is to open doors for your future, and it can do so without closing dozens of others.

    Your Career Prospects

    Employers love a specialist. However, they do have a preference for a specialist who is also well-rounded. After all, when everyone in an industry studies the same ideas, a fresh perspective becomes invaluable. With a joint degree, you are simply navigating the saturation of qualifications in whatever industry you choose. It is no longer enough to be qualified; you must be innovative, bold, and even revolutionary to bring something new to your field. That is why JCU graduates of the Bachelor of Science and Arts in Queensland have access to so many full-time opportunities: They have a diverse background that qualifies them to work in dozens of industries.

    Consider the impact of globalisation on scientific institutions. Research does not exist in a vacuum. Facilities all over the world collaborate across languages and disciplines. Journals and publications are expanding their subject matter to include new disciplines. Different groups now seek funding from corporations using media influence. In other words, scientific institutions need to be media savvy and connected to truly function.

    That is where someone with your degree comes in. Picture, for instance, your value as a graduate of both Zoology and Sociology. Employers might see you as someone who understands what motivates people, someone who can bring positive attention and funding to their research. As a graduate of both English and Chemistry, you are scientifically literate enough to edit for any renowned publication in chemistry.

    Bachelor of Science and Arts at JCU: Flexibility and Pacing

    The Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science is a demanding joint degree that pushes students into challenging territory. It involves a great deal of coursework and study. On account of the required energy investment, the full-time degree may not align well with students who also have employment or children to worry about. That’s why JCU offers the degree as both a full-time and part-time pursuit. The course takes 4 years to complete full-time and 8 years studying part-time.

    To apply for either option, you can click on the link to JCU’s Online Application Portal below. You can also learn more about other double arts degrees, such as the Bachelor of Arts and Business and the Bachelor of Arts and Laws.
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    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Science.


    There are 11 majors within the Bachelor of Arts for you to choose from.


    Study history, languages, politics, economics, and social systems. Understand cultural and ethnic differences and analyse how people’s beliefs fit into a wider social, political and economic context.

    Learn the research, observation and interview techniques that will equip you to work with those from diverse cultural backgrounds. Develop skills critical in decision making for governments, corporations, and not-profit organisations.

    Explore Anthropology


    Develop skills in archaeological site recording and conservation. Participate in field trips to investigate heritage site excavations and Aboriginal Australian rock art sites.

    You may also have the opportunity to travel on South-East Asian excursions. You will learn the fundamentals of archaeology, then expand on this knowledge with more specialised offerings in Evolutionary, Forensic, Asian, Australian and European Archaeology.

    Explore Archaeology


    Learn why people are motivated to commit crime and explore strategies to prevent law-breaking and rehabilitate offenders. Throughout your studies, you can participate in a wide range of extracurricular criminology student activities.

    This course equips you with skills to help make a difference in your community. It combines subjects from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work and Law.

    Explore Criminology


    Gain critical communication and reasoning skills and develop your understanding of the English language, while growing your passion for reading and writing. JCU English major students examine a wide range of literary periods and genres that provide a comprehensive source of historical and cultural understanding.

    Grow your passion for written and visual literature as you study the talents of Shakespeare, diverse forms of cinema, Australian literature, children’s literature and more.

    Explore English


    Gain an intimate knowledge of humanity by examining past societies and cultures. You will study the history of North Queensland and develop your understanding of Australian history.

    Analyse major historical events in a global context and investigate how political, economic and environmental events shaped different communities. Graduates have the skills needed for careers that demand strong research and communication abilities.

    Explore History

    Human Geography

    Explore the interrelationship between people and their natural and built environments. Develop specialist skills including urban planning and design, regional sustainability, and social and environmental impact assessment.

    Become proficient in identifying problems, communicating explanations, analysing data and relevant computing techniques. Graduates develop recommendations to assist in solving major social and environmental problems.

    Explore Human Geography

    Human Services

    Develop skills that will prepare you to work with marginalised and vulnerable people. Study social policy, community planning and development, education and capacity building, organisational practice and social responsibility.

    Benefit from JCU’s research culture and working relationships with government agencies and local community groups. You will gain practical skills and experience through field trips and project work.

    Explore Human Services

    Indigenous Studies

    Expand your understanding of the complex interface between Indigenous and Western knowledge, perspectives and practices in Australia today. Explore Indigenous knowledge and traditions, colonial disruptions, and Indigenous re-assertion in the current era, from the local to the global.

    Some subjects include field trips, and one includes an optional international trip to an Indigenous community. Graduates are prepared to engage thoughtfully with Indigenous Australians and Indigenous issues in professional and community spaces.

    Explore Indigenous Studies

    Politics and International Relations

    Take a deep dive into the people, institutions and issues involved in Australian and international politics. Explore political processes, policy, diplomacy, political economy, and globalisation of Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

    You will examine Australia's global position and role, economic and social policies, traditional and non-traditional threats to security, poverty and other topics relevant to our modern society.

    Explore Politics and International Relations

    Psychology Studies

    Gain a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors that influence how humans think, feel, and behave. Explore the history of psychology, the nervous system, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health psychology, personality and psychological disorders.

    This major is not accredited. If you want to become a Registered Psychologist, find out more about the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This major is not available at Cairns campus.


    Develop the analytical skills to learn how society is organised and how we interact with each other. Study social trends and understand why and how societies and institutions have developed through history.

    Gain social science research tools and explore a diverse range of topics. Examine the societal issues of the Tropics, including race, gender identity, poverty, and wealth.

    Explore Sociology

    There are eight majors within the Bachelor of Science for you to choose from.

    Aquaculture Science and Technology

    Discover the sustainable practices of aquaculture with lecturers who are world-leaders in tropical aquaculture research and development. Access to the JCU Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility will enhance your knowledge and provide current practical skills.

    You will explore the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. You will understand the biodiversity of species and how they are farmed, the design of aquaculture systems and the basics of nutrition.

    With a focus on tropical species, our researchers’ strong links to industry will give you a sound professional network when you graduate. Career opportunities include jobs in hatcheries, stock nutrition programs and management, fresh water and marine farming or aquaculture research.

    Explore Aquaculture


    Study in award-winning laboratories and experience excursions to local companies in the chemistry industry. You will benefit from small class sizes and the personalised approach of our lecturers.

    Gain current, industry-relevant skills and explore the many areas of chemistry including analytical chemistry, synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry and kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions. In your third year, you will learn a number of instrumental techniques widely used in the industry.

    Accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), this chemistry major will open up career opportunities both nationally and internationally. Working across a number of industries, you could work as an analytical chemist, research chemist, clinical diagnostician, forensic scientist or environmental scientist.

    Explore Chemistry

    Please note: mid-year entry is not available for the Chemistry major.

    Data Science

    Data and analytics capabilities have accelerated in recent years. The volume of available data has grown exponentially, more sophisticated algorithms have been developed and computational power and storage have steadily improved.

    Data scientists work in every industry – from defence departments to internet start-ups and financial institutions – and tackle big data projects on every level. Skills in data science, big data and analytics are among the most sought-after jobs in the tech world today.

    The Data Science major packages existing data science subjects together with new subjects on Data Visualisation, Big Data and Machine Learning.

    Explore Data Science

    Earth Science

    Study earth science and access the biodiverse region of North Queensland. Gain relevant practical skills by studying and assessing the surrounding environments, including the Wet and Dry Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

    Experience field trips where you will collect, analyse and interpret data. You will gain a thorough understanding of human impact on the natural environment and learn how to develop solutions to lessen the impact. With access to the JCU Fletcherview Research Station, you will learn about resource and environmental impact assessment, mine site rehabilitation, and soil and water science.

    An understanding of how to develop cost-effective and innovative techniques for environmental management will lead to job opportunities in many sectors. You can work as a consultant, in government, or industry. You could pursue a career as a geologist, geographer, hydrologist, soil scientist, climatologist, environmental scientist or oceanographer.

    Explore Earth Science

    Marine Biology

    Learn from lecturers who are world-leaders and be equipped to address critical challenges facing marine and coastal ecosystems. You will study in a location that gives you access to one of the most diverse and fragile marine ecosystems in the world, the Great Barrier Reef.

    By studying the surrounding habitats of the Great Barrier Reef, you will discover the impact that humans have on the marine environment and how the oceans and atmosphere interact. You will gain valuable employability skills through practical experiments and opportunities to visit the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station.

    Benefit from our researchers’ strong links with industry including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), TropWater and CSIRO Townsville. As a marine biologist, you could work in conservation biology and policy, environmental and resource management, fisheries biology, ecosystem restoration and marine impact assessments.

    Explore Marine Biology


    Develop the problem-solving, analytical and quantitative reasoning skills that are highly sought-after by employers worldwide. With small class sizes, you will receive the one-on-one support required to excel as a mathematician.

    Understand advanced mathematical techniques, data analysis and multivariate statistical methods. You will learn how to formulate mathematical models to illustrate science and engineering problems and use various techniques to help find solutions.

    To enhance your employability skills, you have the flexibility to combine this major with another science major. As a mathematician, you can work in many sectors such as information technology, animation, business and finance, astronomy and space exploration, climate study or meteorology, cryptography and applied research.

    Explore Mathematics

    Molecular and Cell Biology

    Learn how to amplify and edit DNA sequences and conduct laboratory-based and field-based projects. Throughout your degree, you will study the basis of health and disease at a molecular level and analyse the functions of a whole cell.

    Benefit from hands-on experience using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. Study biochemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and bioinformatics and gain an in-depth understanding of molecular genetics. These structures and processes form the basis of all living matter and provide insights into complex biological interactions.

    Develop the foundations needed to work towards developments in modern medicine and biotechnology. You will have the knowledge to work across a breadth of industries — job opportunities include working in research laboratories, hospital and diagnostic departments and biotech or pharmaceutical companies.

    Explore Molecular and Cell Biology

    Zoology and Ecology

    Learn from lecturers with global standing, study amazing rainforests and diverse species and go on field trips to Borneo or the Galapagos Islands. Offered at both our Townsville, Bebegu Yumba and Cairns, Nguma-bada campuses, you will study in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia.

    Study the biology of plants and animals and their natural habitats. Discover many of the environmental threats to the Tropics by studying the effects of deforestation, infrastructure expansion, habitat fragmentation, over-hunting and invasive species.

    You will access the various environments of the Wet Tropics and our Daintree Rainforest Observatory to learn about biosecurity, behavioural ecology, conservation biology and ecological modelling. You could find work as a wildlife or environmental consultant, zoologist or ecologist for a conservation, quarantine or biosecurity organisation.

    Explore Zoology and Ecology

    Refer to the handbook for a detailed overview of each major and minor available.


    Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study. Refer to either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    Recommended Knowledge

    English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C),Chemistry, General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C) – Mathematical Methods recommended for the Majors in Maths, Physics, and Data Science.

    English language requirements

    Band 1

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    Open up a whole realm of future opportunities with a combined degree in Arts and Science.

    Pursue a career that combines your skills in the arts with your passion for science, such as environmental science or technology.

    JCU Arts-Science graduates find employment in roles such as technical writers, communication and media advisers, managers and consultants across the private sector, government and research organisations.

    If you enjoy sharing your learning with others, you could undertake additional study to teach in schools. Alternatively, develop your passion for your major further and go on to postgraduate study or a research degree.

    Depending on your majors, you may be eligible for membership or registration for professional bodies within your chosen field of study, such as the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and more.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 39,280 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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