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    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - 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 5 years
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    AUD 39,280  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science


    Develop skills for real-world research and innovation through examining engineering principles and systems, and exploring scientific methods and theories. Pursue a career aligned with your interests by choosing majors and subjects relevant to your professional goals. Benefit from practical learning through laboratory classes, field trips, work experience and project-based assessments. Learn from expert lecturers and conduct hands-on research in this Engineering-Science double degree.

    Prepare yourself to solve tomorrow’s challenges with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) — Bachelor of Science. Combine your passion for mathematical techniques and effective design with the technical knowledge and theory of scientific study. You’ll learn the core concepts of engineering and specialise in the scientific field of your choice, with each area equipping you to develop creative solutions to complex problems and discover new knowledge and ways of working through in-depth research.

    Studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) — Bachelor of Science degree will give you the essential knowledge and skills for two highly competitive industries. Your unique blend of expertise in your chosen areas of engineering and science will enable you to stand out to future employers. Each of your specialisations within engineering and science will complement each other, with the theory of one field informing and broadening your understanding of the other. You’ll have hands-on experience in each degree, giving you the skills you need to graduate with confidence no matter what industry or field you pursue.

    Students who are based in Townsville and have completed at least one year of their degree are eligible to apply for an Australian Public Service Academy Campus position. With opportunities in the Digital and Data spheres, you can align your studies to part-time work, that may translate into a full-time job offer upon graduation. Explore the APS Data and Digital Programs page for more information.


    In your Engineering (Honours) course, prepare yourself for the challenges of today and tomorrow through industry-based teaching. Build a thorough understanding of engineering fundamentals in your first year with theoretical and practical learning. You will study a specialised major, with honours-level content integrated throughout.

    Participate in 12 weeks of industry-based practical placement – you may even be paid for your work experience. Studies culminate in your final year with an honours component, where you will complete a major engineering project and thesis.


    Benefit from the flexibility of a JCU science course and develop your passion in your chosen field. Learn from world-renowned lecturers and conduct hands-on research in North Queensland’s unique tropical environment.

    You will learn the fundamentals of science, before choosing from nine different science majors to suit your interests.

    Become a world-class engineering and science professional. Experience the benefits of a joint degree and graduate with a broad skillset that is highly sought-after in the local and global economy.

    View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

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    Experience the Incredible

    Become highly desirable to employers as you leverage the unique cultural and environmental opportunities only JCU can offer. Develop as a scientist as you work alongside world-class researchers in JCU's state-of-the-art research facilities. Prepare to succeed through courses with small class sizes and learn from industry-leading engineering lecturers committed to student success.

    Gain a special mastery of the challenges facing engineering and scientific research in the tropics through your access to World Heritage sites and world-class research stations. Be a versatile and flexible scientist as you work within cultural contexts to understand the needs of marginalised people and the challenges of marrying economic growth and environmental sustainability.

    Gain valuable experience in modern laboratories through courses designed around real industry needs and practical work placements. Graduate ready to enter the job market with a degree accredited by Engineers Australia.

    Ready Today for Tomorrow with An Engineering Science Degree

    Tomorrow's problems are complex; be ready to meet them with an engineering science degree and your chosen specialisation. Your world-class education begins here, as you develop your career goals with help from passionate lecturers and tutors. Prepare to surpass your goals as you qualify to work in many industries throughout the engineering and scientific fields.

    Explore different career pathways with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science from JCU. The following are some of the Science specialities you could choose.


    Build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in organic and inorganic chemistry, kinetics and the cutting-edge instrumental techniques you will need to succeed. Work anywhere in the world with a degree accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Develop your professional network through access to award-winning laboratories, top researchers in the field and visits to local industries.

    Data Science

    Become an expert in the tech driving today's most sought-after jobs. Master the sophisticated algorithms that are leveraging Big Data and changing everything about how modern businesses work. Be ready to work anywhere with your skills in analytics and machine learning, including government, healthcare, finance and internet start-ups.

    Marine Biology

    Develop your understanding of the world with access to one of Earth's most diverse ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef, and gain hands-on skills at JCU's Orpheus Island Research Station. Build skills that are applicable to all areas of marine biology as you see first-hand how ecosystems interact and how human activity affects them.


    Make a difference as a leader ready to tackle the most challenging questions in the universe. Build a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge, then apply that knowledge in practical situations in energy development, quantum mechanics, weather and climate research or biophysics. Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in telecommunications, aerospace, meteorology, health, energy production, or wherever your interests take you.

    Change the World With an Engineering Science Degree

    Lead the way in addressing our world's greatest challenges. Graduate from JCU ready to bring meaningful answers to humanity's most pressing questions, with a joint degree that offers unique opportunities in study, research, skills development and professional networking.
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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 Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science.


    You can choose from five different Engineering majors. The electronic systems and internet of things major is only available at the Cairns campus while all other majors are only available at the Townsville campus.

    Chemical Engineering

    Learn how to create new products from raw materials using principles of engineering and sustainability. Gain an in-depth understanding of how chemistry, physics, mathematics and design techniques can be combined to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Your skills in chemical engineering can lead you to a diverse career in industries such as water and wastewater treatment, food manufacturing, energy production and minerals processing.

    Explore Chemical Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Benefit from JCU’s expert lecturers and explore various civil engineering disciplines such as structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, transport and environmental engineering. Develop the skills required to assess the environmental impact of large projects and understand how to build community engagement. JCU graduates have a thorough understanding of how to make cities better places to live.

    Explore Civil Engineering

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Learn how to design and maintain electrical energy infrastructure through the application of the electrical principles. You will integrate theory with practice and visit telecommunications companies, power utilities and mines. Build a comprehensive knowledge of electrical materials, circuit theory, single phase and three phase power system modelling and signal processing.

    Explore Electrical Engineering

    Electronic Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering

    Develop sensor technologies, analyse big data and design smart technology that relates to various industries. Work with cloud computing and wireless communication utilising a state-of-the-art Internet of Things research lab. Become innovative technology leaders, accessing world-class lecturers and their strong industry partnerships.

    Explore Internet of Things Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics to analyse, design, manufacture and maintain machines across almost all industries. Learn the foundations of thermofluid mechanics and the dynamics of machine elements. Through experiential learning, apply your understanding of heat exchange, momentum and strength of materials to design machines.

    Explore Mechatronics

    There are nine Science majors to choose from. You can choose to study one or two majors. Not all majors are available at all campuses.

    Aquaculture Science and Technology

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

    Throughout this major, 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 gain an insight into the industry with excursions to local companies in the chemistry industry. You will benefit from small class sizes and the personalised approach of our lecturers.

    Gain current 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, job prospects could include analytical chemists, research chemists, clinical diagnosticians, forensic scientists or environmental scientists.

    Explore Chemistry

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

    Data Science

    Data and analytics capabilities have made a leap forward 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.

    Career opportunities in data science, big data and analytics are growing dramatically. Data scientists work in every industry – from defence departments to internet start-ups and financial institutions – and tackle big data projects on every level. They 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

    Offered on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses, access the biodiverse region of North Queensland. Gain relevant practical skills by studying and assessing the surrounding environments such as both 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 the effect of humans on the natural environment and build skills 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.

    With an understanding of how to develop cost-effective and innovative techniques for environmental management, job opportunities exist in many sectors. You can work as a consultant, in government or industry. Potential career options could include 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 get the one-on-one support required to excel as a mathematician.

    Understand a number of 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, animated films, 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.

    Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. Study biochemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and bioinformatics, and have 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 of 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


    Explore some of the universe’s most challenging questions. Accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics, this major will give you a broad range of practical and theoretical skills across various physics disciplines.

    Physicists study the laws of nature; you will learn the fundamentals of energy, quantum mechanics, relativity, antimatter, weather and climate. Develop your ability to think critically and be experimental by exploring biophysics, molecular electronics, and organic solar cells. You will study the structure of matter, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum physics, oceanography and meteorology, and thermodynamics.

    As a physicist, your skills are relevant to a diverse number of careers. Job opportunities exist in industrial, scientific and educational occupations in fields such as health, meteorology, mining, environmental monitoring, energy production, telecommunications, and aerospace.

    Explore Physics

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

    Zoology and Ecology

    Have the opportunity to 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 and Cairns campuses, you will study in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia.

    Study the science of the biology of plants and animals and the natural world that they live in. 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. Potential job opportunities include wildlife or environmental consultant or zoologist or ecologist for a conservation, quarantine or biosecurity organisation.

    Explore Zoology or Ecology

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

    The Handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.

    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) and Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

    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.


    Combining Engineering and Science qualifications give JCU graduates a wide range of employment and career opportunities.

    Graduates pursue careers in various areas including hospitals, resource management, defence agencies, scientific and technological research, mathematics, conservation, environmental science, chemistry, mining, or biotechnology.

    You could find employment as an aerospace avionics engineer, chemical engineer, civil engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, biomedical specialist, environmental scientist, mathematician, or AI machine learning specialist. Alternatively, go on to study the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

    Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following organisations:

    Graduates who major in Chemistry may be eligible to register for non-corporate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). With an additional three years of Chemistry experience, they may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.

    View the Handbook for more information.

    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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