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2012 Undergraduate courses • Science • Science (Advanced) • Aquaculture • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Biotechnology • Business and Environmental Science

• Chemistry • Ecology and Conservation

• Genetics and Genomics • Geography

• Environmental Science

• Geology

• Environmental and Marine Geosciences

• Marine Biology (Advanced)

• General Science

• Marine Science

• Marine Biology

• Mathematics • Microbiology • Pharmacology • Physics • Physiology • Planning • Sustainability • Zoology


Louise Schoneveld Studying Bachelor of Geology

It’s 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, I’m 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 that’s exciting.

I’ve chosen a physics subject so I’m also learning astronomy.

I find it fascinating learning about the earth’s 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.

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.

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.

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


Science Undergraduate courses 2012

Contents About James Cook University

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Study Science at James Cook University

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The student experience

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Science and maths are national priorities for higher education

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Academic courses Science

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Science (Advanced)

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Aquaculture

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Biotechnology

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Business and Environmental Science

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Chemistry

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Environmental Science

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Ecology and Conservation

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Environmental and Marine Geosciences

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Genetics and Genomics

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General Science

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Geography

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Geology

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Geology (Bachelor of Science)

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Marine Biology

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Marine Biology (Advanced)

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Marine Science

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Mathematics

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Microbiology

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Pharmacology

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Physiology

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Physics

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Planning (Urban and Regional Planning)

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Sustainability

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Zoology

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Joint degrees

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Alternative entry pathways

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Diploma of Science

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Sciences courses summary

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About James Cook University Strong foundations A 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 Queensland’s 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 recognised A 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 world’s 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 excellence Study 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

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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 focus JCU 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.

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.

“A JCU qualification is internationally recognised for excellence.”

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

* 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.


Study Science at James Cook University International standing James Cook University is renowned for its expertise in teaching and research in science. We are Australia’s 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 options Science 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 partnerships Many 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 Australia In 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.

* Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2010 national report

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The student experience Explore and experiment Science students at JCU learn to observe, analyse, experiment and conduct research. You will learn how to test ideas, examine their origins and explore the way they fit into current scientific thought. Studying science at JCU teaches you how to stretch your intellectual curiosity, building a strong foundation for a career in science. Our location in northern Australia also offers a unique perspective on the scientific challenges facing the tropical world.

Learn with the best At JCU you will learn from highly qualified academics. Many are leading researchers in their fields, and because JCU is smaller than capital city universities, most students will be on first name 4

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basis with their lecturers and tutors. Our Science teaching laboratories in Cairns and Townsville are outstanding, and you will have many practical opportunities during your studies.

Get out there You will have access to some of the best natural tropical laboratories in the world for field trips and and you may visit some of JCU’s research stations around northern Queensland. The Faculty of Science and Engineering operates a fully equipped research station at beautiful Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Paluma in the rainforests of the Wet Tropics and the Australian Canopy Crane at Cape Tribulation. Fletcherview – JCU’s operating cattle station near Charters Towers – is used for geology field trips and

contains unique fossil beds and lava flows. The Faculty’s research vessels, including the flagship RV James Kirby, give you access to coral reefs, sea grass beds and coastal habitats. Work experience and vacation placements in your final year will help you apply your studies to real-world problems.

On your marks … While assessment methods vary between subjects and courses, generally a subject will require you to complete written assignments such as essays, projects and examinations. Assessment may also be based on giving tutorials or presentations, attending lectures and tutorials, contributing to discussions or completing practical, field or laboratory work.

Travel and study You don’t have to postpone your overseas travel plans while studying at JCU, as you may be eligible to spend a semester or two studying at one of more than 30 exchange partner universities around the world. You can study subjects relevant to your course while overseas, and receive credits towards your JCU degree when you return home. Being a student in a foreign country will give an international edge to your degree and can broaden your employment opportunities even further. Participation in the Student Exchange program is subject to Faculty approval and is not available for all courses. Please contact <exchange@jcu.edu.au> for more details or visit: www.jcu.edu.au/student/exchange


Science and maths are national priorities for higher education National priority When you consider the massive technological advances we are living through and the environmental challenges facing our world, there has never been a better time to study science at university. The Australian government has made science and mathematics national priorities for higher education and they are now in the most affordable band in the HECS-HELP/ student contribution amounts.

Rewarding careers Science graduates are in high demand: from mathematical modellers to water scientists; from town planners to natural products researchers; from industrial chemists to statisticians; from mining exploration geologists to environmental consultants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the career options are exciting and varied. With 17 different majors in the Bachelor of Science covering a diversity of subjects from Aquaculture to Biotechnology,

Genetics and Genomics through to Physics, Environmental Science, Ecology and Conservation, Science and Zoology, your career options are as broad as science itself.

Visit the following websites to learn more about careers in science:

For some specific scientific career paths we have specialist degrees in Biotechnology, Geology, Marine Science or Planning to equip you for roles in these areas.

Australian Science and Nuclear Technology Organisation (ANSTO) www.ansto.gov.au/discovering_ansto/ careers_at_ansto

Make a difference Science graduates work in industry, in federal, state and local government departments, in school and university teaching, in non-government organisations such as World Wildlife Fund and in research organisations. Every day new challenges and issues require answers. In many cases Science graduates like you will initiate the processes and find scientific solutions for governments, business and the general public. Science graduates make a difference.

Australian Mathematical Society www.austms.org.au/Jobs

CareerOne www.CareerOne.com.au/Science Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) http://recruitment.csiro.au Science Alert www.sciencealert.com.au/jobs Smart Futures www.smartfuture.qld.gov.au Smart Moves Questacon http://smartmoves.questacon.edu.au Statistical Society of Australia Inc www.statsci.org/jobslist.html

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Academic courses Science What is Science? Science is the study of natural phenomena. If you want to help solve the problems facing our world today, science will give you the expertise to make a difference. Course overview The study of science gives you the skills to observe, experiment and seek new knowledge across a wide array of fields. This is a flexible course with a wide variety of majors to choose from. The Faculty Registrar, Associate Faculty Registrar or program coordinators can help you design a course to match your interests and career aspirations. Science students select a single major in first year. In second year a double major from two different discipline areas is available from the following: • Aquaculture • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Chemistry • Ecology and Conservation • Environmental Science • Environmental and Marine Geosciences • Genetics and Genomics

Bachelor of Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes: Need prerequisite subjects for the Major you are interested in? Students wishing to study Science but do not have the required prerequisite subjects may enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) (English prerequisite only) and gain the appropriate prerequisite subjects. These subjects are offered in block modes outside the normal teaching periods. The Faculty of Science and Engineering Office will assist you with this transition. Course highlights JCU is renowned for its teaching and research excellence in Science. Our Science students benefit from highly qualified teaching staff, many of who are leaders in their fields. Students enjoy exceptional opportunities for practical experience and field trips throughout their courses with easy access to the World Heritage regions of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests as potential laboratories plus island, rainforest and outback research stations, research vessels and on-campus laboratories. Professional recognition

• Marine Biology

Graduates are eligible to join a variety of professional associations (please refer to individual majors for more information).

• Marine Biology (Advanced)

Career opportunities

• Mathematics

Science graduates can enter careers in their chosen specialty as managers, consultants or technicians. With further qualifications, graduates can enter into teaching, research and academic careers.

• Geography • Geology

• Microbiology • Pharmacology • Physics • Physiology • Zoology

Townsville, Cairns (depending on major) on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English, plus requirements for individual majors depending on major chosen Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Compulsory subjects for all majors under the Bachelor of Science include the following Level-1 courses: Chemistry: A Central Science (Townsville) Chemistry for the Natural Sciences (Cairns) Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding Systems Modelling & Data Visualisation

Plus two subjects selected from two of the following groups (four subjects in total): Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques or Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics or Environmental Process & Global Change Evolution of the Earth or Introductory Biochemistry & Microbiology Epidemiology or Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Introduction to Plant Science Plus one subject from the following: Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Plant Science Introduction to Programming 1 Conceptual Modelling The Diversity of Animal Life Chemistry: Principles and Applications Molecular Chemistry Evolution of the Earth Environmental Processes and Global Change Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment, Resources Epidemiology Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques Statistics and Data Analysis 1 Introductory Marine Science Preparatory Physics Astronomy: Evolution of the Universe Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

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Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.


Science - Advanced What is Science (Advanced)?

Course highlights

JCU’s Bachelor of Science (Advanced) caters to the needs of high achieving students who would like to explore Science more deeply. Students have opportunities to participate more fully in the academic and research culture of their chosen discipline.

Students in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) participate in the Science Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is integral to the course and promotes a sense of community among students and staff. Students attend high-profile special events throughout their candidature, which are designed to extend their intellectual horizons and challenge ideas and imagination.

Course overview The structure is similar to the Bachelor of Science during the first year. There are additional subjects such as Research, Science and Society, and internships or placements with research groups and organisations. The program coordinator can help you design a course to match your interests and career aspirations. Students can select single or double majors from the following majors: • Aquaculture • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Chemistry • Ecology and Conservation • Environmental Science • Environmental and Marine Geosciences • Genetics and Genomics • Geography • Geology • Marine Biology • Marine Biology (Advanced) • Mathematics • Microbiology • Pharmacology • Physics • Physiology • Zoology

Members of the Science Fellowship are encouraged to develop productive relationships with members of the academic staff, meet visiting experts and become familiar with the research culture of their chosen discipline. Mentors help to bridge the often-intimidating distance between students and teaching and research staff. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join a variety of professional associations depending on their chosen major. Career opportunities Graduates are prepared to build a range of careers. They have a high level of understanding and practical application of their chosen specialisation and will have an appreciation of the role science plays in our social and political life.

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville, Cairns (depending on major) on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English, Chemistry and Maths B (minimum OP6) Not available Depends on major. Refer to table on page 39.

Course structure* Compulsory subjects for all majors under the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) degree include the following Level-1 subjects: Chemistry: A Central Science (Townsville only) Chemistry for the Natural Sciences (Cairns only) Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding Systems Modelling & Visualisation Plus the following Level-3 subjects: Science, Research and Society Science Research Internship Plus two subjects selected from two of the following groups: Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques or Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics or Environmental Processes & Global Change Evolution of the Earth or Introductory Biochemistry & Microbiology Epidemiology or Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Introduction to Plant Science Plus one subject from the following: Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Plant Science The Diversity of Animal Life Chemistry: Principles and Applications Molecular Chemistry Evolution of the Earth Environmental Processes and Global Change Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment, Resources Epidemiology Mathematical Foundations Introduction to Programming 1 Conceptual Modelling Mathematical Techniques Statistics and Data Analysis 1 Introductory Marine Science Preparatory Physics Astronomy: Evolution of the Universe Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Completing the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) will provide students who demonstrate high academic performance with the necessary skills, knowledge and research experience to transition smoothly into a PhD program.

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Aquaculture What is Aquaculture? Aquaculture is the cultivation of plants and animals from the sea or inland waters. It includes industries such as fish farming, oyster and pearl cultivation and the production of prawns and freshwater crayfish. Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing primary industry and supplies more than 40 per cent of the world’s fish. Sustainable aquaculture is essential in providing protein for the world’s growing population and its development plays a critical role in preventing overharvest of wild populations and habitat destruction. Course overview The Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) combines a scientific education with hands-on experience. The course focuses on tropical species including prawns, pearl oysters, crabs and tropical fish production such as barramundi. Other topics address the process of aquaculture such as feeds and nutrition, genetics, microbiology and pathology, principles of aquaculture, propagation, system design as well as sustainability. Course highlights James Cook University’s Aquaculture degree will prepare you for a future in one of tropical Australia’s fastest growing industries. Our links with peak research bodies give students valuable practical and research experience while studying their degree. Through our strong links with the aquaculture

industry we ensure our teaching programs are up to date with the latest industry developments. Outstanding facilities include JCU’s Orpheus Island Research Station on the Barrier Reef and the Aquarium Complex in Townsville. These facilities support research activities ranging from photo labs to nutrition and bivalve raising. The Orpheus Island Research Station, located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, allows students to work in the field while having easy access to temperature controlled rooms, laboratories and lecture theatres. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join the World Aquaculture Society, Australian Marine Sciences Association, Australian Society for Fish Biology and Australian Institute of Biologists.

Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316381; Cairns 326381

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Quantitative Methods in Biology Introduction to Aquaculture Aquaculture of Tropical Species Plus one subject from the following: Marine Plants and Algae in the Environments or Marine Microbiology or Animal Adaptation to Environmental Change Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition Aquaculture: Propagation or Aquaculture: Systems Design plus Aquaculture Animal Ecophysiology or Aquaculture: Genetics and Stock Improvement

Career opportunities

Sustainable Aquaculture

Graduates can choose from a range of career options, ranging from technical positions in hatcheries and nurseries to managerial and research roles.

Plus four subjects from the following : Aquaculture: Propagation Aquaculture: Genetics and Stock Improvement Aquaculture Animal Ecophysiology Aquaculture: Systems Design Fisheries Science Aquatic Microbial Pathobiology Marine Invertebrates of Commercial Importance

Graduates can pursue careers as business managers, policy developers or government administrators in: commercial fish farms; public and private hatcheries; aquaculture support industries (food production, pollution and disease control and specialist equipment); biotechnology companies; fisheries management; environmental protection; and conservation.

*Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology What is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology? Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are the disciplines concerned with the molecular basis of life. Biochemistry, for example, addresses how HIV destroys parts of the human immune system, or what forms the basis of human memory. Molecular Biology is the study of the structure and function of genes. Course overview Students learn how cells survive, how they break down compounds and harvest the energy contained within them, how these processes are integrated and the ways in which biochemical processes are regulated. Students also learn the basic principles of molecular biology and the tools used in gene cloning. Gene regulation and how developmental processes are regulated within different organisms is also included in this course, as is intellectual property rights, ethics, gene technology, GM foods and a variety of other issues encountered in the biotechnology industry.

Course highlights JCU’s disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology have a low student-staff ratio compared with other universities. This is an important factor in the success of our students, along with excellent laboratory facilities and a regular program of visiting lecturers. The study of special topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology gives students the opportunity to conduct a laboratory based project in a research facility. Students gain first-hand experience in using equipment and techniques required to conduct research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Career opportunities JCU graduates from this field have the experience, academic knowledge and laboratory skills required for almost any job in a wide range of science disciplines. The range of employment opportunities includes pathology and hospital laboratories, the food, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as government departments and research laboratories. For research and academic careers, graduates will require a postgraduate qualification.

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for a Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Chemistry: Principles & Applications (Townsville) Molecular Chemistry (Cairns) Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Principles of Biochemistry Molecular Genetics Cell Regulation Statistics and Data Analysis Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Genes, Genomes & Development Advanced Cell Biology Biotechnology Special Topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Plus four subjects from the following: Instrumental Analytical Techniques Organic Chemistry Clinical Microbiology Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases Advanced Immunobiology Advanced Physiology Applied Physiology Chemical Pharmacology *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Biotechnology What is Biotechnology?

Career opportunities

Biotechnology is the science of using living organisms, or their products, for commercial purposes or for large-scale industrial processes.

Advances in genetic engineering, cell culture, molecular biology and agriculture have rapidly generated new applications for biological products, with job opportunities in this exciting field growing exponentially.

Course overview JCU takes an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of biotechnology, drawing teaching staff from a wide range of disciplines, as well as from relevant biotechnology industries. Students gain extensive practical experience in well-equipped laboratories. Course highlights Close working relationships between JCU and research and diagnostic laboratories in Cairns and Townsville provide extensive research opportunities for students.

Graduates enjoy career opportunities as researchers, consultants, policymakers and managers in: food and pharmaceutical industries; specialist biotechnology companies; government departments and research laboratories; health and veterinary industries; and service companies involved in product research, development and production.

Professional recognition Graduates can become members of Australian Biotechnology Association; Australian Society for Microbiology; Australian Society for Biochemistry and Cell Biology; and Australian Society for Immunology.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advances in genetic engineering, cell culture, molecular biology and agriculture have rapidly generated new applications for biological products.â&#x20AC;?

Bachelor of Biotechnology Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC code:

Townsville on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English, Chemistry, Maths B Not available Townsville 316221

Course structure* Level 1 Fundamentals of Biology Introductory Biochemistry & Microbiology Chemistry: A Central Science Chemistry: Principles & Applications Statistics & Data Analysis 1 Plus three subjects from the following: Introductory Human Anatomy & Histology Introduction to Plant Science The Diversity of Animal Life Introduction to Database Principles Epidemiology Introduction to Physiology & Pharmacology Systems Modelling & Data Visualisation Level 2 Quantitative Methods in Biology Genetics for Biology Principles of Biochemistry Molecular Genetics Microbial Diversity Plus three subjects from the following: Introduction to Aquaculture Cell Regulation Analytical Chemistry Organic Chemistry Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Introductory Infectious Diseases & Immunobiology Level 3 Genes, Genomes & Development Biotechnology Ecological & Conservation Genetics Plus one subject from the following: Aquaculture: Special Topics Special Topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Special Topics 1 Special Topics 2 Plus four subjects from the following: Aquaculture: Propagation Aquaculture: Genetics & Stock Improvement Advanced Cell Biology Clinical Microbiology Food Microbiology Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases Climate Change & Plant Survival Tropical Agroforestry Animal Behaviour Fisheries Science Advanced Immunobiology Chemical Pharmacology *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws. 10

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Business and Environmental Science What is Business and Environmental Science? With the emergence of environmental issues as a business consideration, it is becoming important for professionals to be able to work across issues involving both the environmental impact and the business bottom line. For graduates who work with business and environmental issues in Australia and abroad, our focus is on the marine environment. Course overview

Course highlights A substantial range of subjects in business, environmental and marine science and aquaculture allows students to develop generic skills and broad-based cross disciplinary knowledge. Career opportunities Graduates can work as: environmental advisers to business, advisers or the use of natural resources, academics, and consultants.

This multidisciplinary program provides students with core knowledge and training in the application of business and environmental principles. The core subjects provide a fundamental background in business, environmental and marine sciences that are essential to a holistic approach to business operations.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the emergence of environmental issues as a business consideration, it is becoming important for professionals to be able to work across issues involving both the environmental impact and the business bottom line.â&#x20AC;?

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC code:

Townsville on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English, Chemistry and Maths B Yes Townsville 316341

Course structure* Level 1 Accounting for Decision Making Economics for Business Management, People & Organisations Personal & Professional Skills in Business Chemistry: A Central Science Environmental Process & Global Change Statistics & Data Analysis 1 The Diversity of Animal Life Level 2 Tourism & the Environment Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Plus five subjects from the following: Financial Management Entrepreneurship Business Modelling Project Management Leadership & Strategic Thinking Business Research Methods Marketing Fundamentals Plus one subject from the following: Tourism & the Environment Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Introduction to Aquaculture Aquaculture of Tropical Species From Icehouse to Greenhouse Invertebrate Biology Tropical Marine Ecosystems Level 3 Economic Growth & Regional Development Managing Small & Medium Enterprises Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies Plus five subjects from the following: Sustainable Aquaculture Environmental Impact Assessment Managing Coastal & Marine Environments Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles Fisheries Science Marine Conservation Biology Coastal & Estuarine Ecosystems *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

AQUATIC MAJOR Core Introduction to Aquaculture Aquaculture of Tropical Species Options Select four subjects from the following: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition Aquaculture: Propagation Aquatic Animal Eco-physiology Aquaculture: Systems Design Sustainable Aquaculture Plus two specified MB and EA Level-2 subjects: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment Marine and Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology Tropical Marine Ecosystems

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Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

What is Chemistry?

Course highlights

Course structure*

Chemistry is the science of materials, their properties, and their transformations. It is linked with the biological, health, earth and environmental sciences, and physics. Moreover, chemistry is essential to emerging industries based on biotechnology and materials science.

Teaching staff are dynamic and enthusiastic and students can expect student/staff ratios virtually unmatched in Australia.

Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Chemistry: Principles & Applications (Townsville only) Molecular Chemistry (Cairns only)

Professional recognition

Plus six Level-1 Science subjects.

Graduates may apply for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Course overview

Career opportunities

Level 2 Synthesis & Structure in Chemistry Spectroscopy & Spectroscopic Methods Analytical Chemistry

Chemistry is a fundamental science underpinning studies in other areas including: biochemistry, biomedical and health sciences; biological sciences; earth sciences; environmental sciences; pharmacy; and chemical and environmental engineering.

Chemistry graduates are employed in a wide variety of science-related areas.

The course incorporates the traditional areas of physical, analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as topics in environmental, medicinal, marine chemistry and chemical ecology. Students with a particular interest in industrial chemistry may also include components on control and optimisation of industrial processes.

Careers are many, for example, manufacturing and processing industries, mining, the pharmaceuticals and health-related industries, agriculture, food industries, state and federal government agencies (eg. forensic science, customs and patents), defence, education (secondary schools and universities) and research institutes. Graduates who specialise in Environmental Chemistry can seek careers with environmental protection and monitoring agencies (in government and with private consultants).

Molecular Genetics or Statistics & Data Analysis Plus four Level-2 Science subjects. Students wishing to pursue Industrial Chemistry should include appropriate Chemical Engineering (Process Analysis) and Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluid Mechanics) subjects. Level 3 Chemical Kinetics & Mechanism Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Materials & Process Chemistry Advanced Chemistry Project Plus four Level-3 Science subjects. Students wishing to pursue Industrial Chemistry should include appropriate Chemical Engineering (Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Reactor Design or Mass Transfer Operations) and Mechanical Engineering (Heat and Mass Transfer) subjects. *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Environmental Science What is Environmental Science? The study of Environmental Science concentrates on the fundamental processes occurring in the environment and includes recording of environmental data, monitoring and predicting possible future effects and occurrences. Course overview This course provides an understanding of the biological, physical and social sciences that apply to the study of the environment. Students study areas of science that are relevant to the study and management of natural environments, and are also equipped with an understanding of how science and society interact. This understanding equips our graduates with the skills to communicate effectively with other professionals working towards better environmental outcomes. The Environmental Science major provides a broad overview of a range of scientific disciplines relevant to the understanding of processes in the natural environment. Graduates gain both theoretical and practical skills in environmental analysis. Course highlights The Environmental Science major provides a thorough education concerning the environmental challenges facing mankind. This is a program for students who enjoy fieldwork and are

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) Campus: Townsville; Cairns Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316391; Cairns 326391

interested in learning how to solve environmental problems.

Course structure*

Further facilities and expertise are made accessible through JCU’s association with partner organisations including: CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Wet Tropics Management Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, Cooperative Research Centres and Centres of Excellence.

Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Evolution of the Earth Environmental Processes & Global Change

JCU’s location in proximity to a wide diversity of environments makes it perfect for study of the differences between environments and the challenges associated with their management. Both Cairns and Townsville campuses are located close to the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and savannas and wetlands. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Environment Institute of Australia, Geological Society of Australia, and The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Career opportunities Environmental specialists with expertise in environmental processes are needed in a diverse range of organisations including state and federal government agencies, local government, and the agricultural and mining industries. Environmental scientists use their interdisciplinary training to work in a range of environmental planning and management areas including environmental impact assessment, conservation and land management, coastal zone management, pollution management, mine site rehabilitation, environmental planning, and environmental education.

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Plus one Level-1 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Hydrology Applied Soil Science or Australian Landscape Processes & Evolution Introduction to Sedimentology or From Icehouse to Greenhouse plus Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Select at least one subject from the following: Field Studies in Tropical Water & Soil Science Field Studies in Tropical Geography Plus two subjects from the following: Advanced Marine Geoscience Technologies & Applications Environmental Impact Assessment Coasts & Catchments: Geomorphology Coral Reef Geomorphology Mine Site Rehabilitation Advanced Hydrology Earth & Environmental Geochemistry Plus one subject from the following: Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles Conserving Tropical Rainforests Conservation Biology Fire Science & Management in Northern Australia Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance and consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Ecology and Conservation What is Ecology and Conservation? Ecology is the study of plants and animals in relation to the environment and to each other. Conservation deals with sustainable management of natural systems, species and communities, and the theory behind it. It is crucial to maintaining biodiversity and all the ecosystem processes on which the world depends. This is especially important in the richly biodiverse tropics, particularly in the face of climate change, environmental pollution and deforestation. Course overview The compulsory subjects through Levels 1 to 3 provide a fundamental background in biological and associated sciences essential for the practising ecologist. A substantial diversity of subject choices provides students with the opportunity to develop new and relevant skills, enhance their breadth of ecological knowledge and their depth of understanding of specific habitats of plant and animal groups. Course highlights JCU is renowned for its teaching and research in biological science. Teaching staff includes world leaders in their research fields – Thompson’s Essential Science Indicators recently ranked JCU 44th in the world and 1st in Australia for Environment and Ecology citations. Research interests of teaching staff include biodiversity, climate change, conservation genetics, wildlife biology, pollution and disease and their effects on natural systems.

Students have access to a range of environments around northern Queensland for field trips and practical study including the World Heritage rainforests of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – plus outback, savanna, wetlands, agricultural and urban areas. Further facilities and expertise are made accessible through JCU’s association with partner organisations including: CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Cooperative Research Centres and other research centres of excellence. Career opportunities

Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation) Campus: Townsville; Cairns Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Plant Science or The Diversity of Animal Life Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Ecology & Conservation Quantitative Methods in Biology Plus two subjects from the following: Animal Adaptation to Environmental Change Genetics for Biology Plant Diversity & Adaptations Marine and Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Conservation Biology Rainforest Populations & Communities or Population & Community Ecology

Our graduates find employment locally, nationally and internationally as researchers, academics, teachers, environmental assessors and consultants, in universities, research organisations, government agencies and environmental consultancy firms.

Plus two subjects from the following: Rainforest Ecosystems Tropical Wetlands Ecology & Management Ecological & Conservation Genetics Agro-ecology Climate Change & Plant Survival Tropical Flora of Australia The Australian Vertebrate Fauna Wildlife Ecology & Management

With further study graduates can progress into a research career in ecology. Ecologists observe and experiment in laboratories and natural habitats, analyse data and synthesise information to better understand ecological interactions. In universities, they may also teach and supervise ecology students.

Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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“JCU is renowned for its teaching and research in science. Teaching staff include world leaders in their research fields.”


Lisa Stevenson Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation) (Advanced)

Studying conservation greatly appealed to me because it is an area where ordinary people can make a real difference for the environment. I am interested in how ecosystems work and how they can be protected for the future. It is an important area because there is a need for a balance to be struck between environmental conservation and the demands of human populations on natural resources. The course at JCU offers great opportunities to meet people and get involved. The fieldtrips, especially in the second year of study, are a real highlight. I also

enjoy helping out as a volunteer at the university and with the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auxiliary at the Townsville RSL. I applied for a CSIRO Plant Industries Summer Internship last year and spent 10 weeks in Canberra this last summer working on a research project. I then have an internship that is part of my JCU course, which I have started arranging with CSIRO in Atherton for the winter vacation.

After graduating at the end of 2011, I intend to complete an Honours year either in Townsville at JCU or as an exchange student overseas. My long-term goal is to start out as an assistant on research investigations, and then move in to conservation and raising public awareness about the environment.

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Environmental and Marine Geosciences

Bachelor of Science (Environmental & Marine Geosciences)† Campus: Townsville; Cairns Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061 †

What is Environmental and Marine Geoscience? Environmental and Marine Geosciences is a discipline that applies geosciences principles to studies of the earth’s surface and to the physical processes that shape it and the oceans. This discipline is also critical to the investigation of the effects of human activities on our natural environments. Course overview This course provides a clear pathway for students wishing to study in the fields of hydrology, soil science, physical geography, climatology, and marine and environmental geology. The degree is focused on understanding and dealing with earth surface processes, deposits and landforms, including those in the marine and coastal realm. The degree takes advantage of our location, with access to a varied collection of tropical landscapes (including the Great Barrier Reef), hydrological and climate regimes, and proximal to a range of important industries (such as mining) in which graduates from this program could seek employment.

Course Highlights

Course structure*

Students taking this major have opportunities to participate in a wide range of fieldwork in outstanding terrestrial and marine tropical environments, and to use cutting-edge equipment used by researchers and practitioners in this field. Students can specialise in several areas within the discipline, such as geomorphology, hydrology, or environmental geochemistry.

Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Evolution of Earth Environmental Processes and Global Change

A wide variety of fieldwork is included as part of this course. Graduates can join a number of professional societies depending on their field of specialisation.

Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823)

Career opportunities Graduates of this program will work in a diverse range of occupations, including geomorphologists, soil scientists, hydrologists, research scientists, environmental geoscientists with remediation expertise, and marine geoscientists. A diverse range of career opportunities exist in industry, government departments, consultancies and research organisations.

“The degree takes advantage of our location, with access to a varied collection of tropical landscapes...”

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Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Introduction to Geographic Information PLUS Australian Landscape Process and Evolution Hydrology From Icehouse to Greenhouse

Level 3 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science Advanced Environmental and Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications Plus one subject from the following: Advanced Hydrology Earth and Environmental Geochemistry Coral Reef Geomorphology Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.


Genetics and Genomics What are Genetics and Genomics? Genetics is the study of the inheritance of variable characters. It contributes to our understanding of almost every biological phenomenon, from personality and hair colour to crop yields and biodiversity. A sound understanding of genetic principles is required to understand modern molecular biology, and a molecular approach to biology is central to almost all recent biological advances. Genomics is a cutting edge technological approach to high-throughput genetics. It involves the application of biochemistry and physics to the rapid analysis of genetic sequence, its variation and its association with multiple traits. Course overview Genetics and Genomics at JCU is a custom-designed program of study aimed at training biologists for employment in biomedical, aquaculture and environmental industries. The course focuses on the basic principles of genetic and genomics in the context of their application in real-life situations. A graded series of practical classes build expertise in core methods and provide experience in the use of genetic and genomic technologies to address common objectives in the field. JCU provides experience of an unusually broad range of applications, reflecting the University’s expertise in human health, agricultural and environmental sciences. Course highlights Teaching and research facilities for this field are state-of-the-art and are equipped with advanced instrumentation for modern genetic and genomic studies. Specialist researchers, who are world experts

in their field, travel to JCU every year and contribute to a number of the third year subjects, ensuring students are up-to-date with the latest techniques and discoveries. Students are encouraged to complete vacation placements. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join the Genetics Society of AustralAsia, the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the Genetics Society, the Genetics Society of America, the Clinical Genetics Society, the Clinical Molecular Genetics Society, the International Mammalian Genome Society, the International Society for Genomic and Evolutionary Microbiology, the Science Society of America, the Australasian Society for Immunology, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Career opportunities A broad range of research projects, emerging biotechnology industries, health diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies now rely heavily on genetic and genomic methods. These areas are experiencing unprecedented growth internationally in both academic and private enterprise arenas. Employers seek graduates with a sound grounding in the latest techniques and developments in this field. Combined with other qualifications, including joint degrees, other employment opportunities also exist in genetic counselling, patent law, secondary school teaching, and bio-process engineering.

“Studying Genetics and Genomics will give you the opportunity to understand the most fundamental of life’s processes at the molecular level.”

Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Genomics) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Introductory Biochemistry & Microbiology or Fundamentals of Biology Chemistry: Principles & Applications or Molecular Chemistry Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Principles of Biochemistry Molecular Genetics Cell Regulation Plus select one subject from the following: Quantitative Methods in Biology or Analytical Chemistry or Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Advanced Genetics & Genomics Plus three subjects selected from the following: Aquaculture: Genetics & Stock Improvement Biotechnology Ecological & Conservation Genetics Molecular Cell Biology Special Topics in Genetics Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance and consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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General Science What is Science General? The Bachelor of Science (General) is a flexible program allowing you to customise a course of study to meet your individual interests. It is also a pathway into the Bachelor of Science (BSc) for those who do not yet meet the prerequisites. Course Overview Science (General) aims to meet the needs of two groups of students. Those students who do not meet the prerequisites requirements of the disciplinary majors, and those students not wishing to follow the prescribed core requirements of any disciplinary major but who wish to customise a course to meet their own needs and interests. Undertaking the core requirements for Science (General) will provide a pathway into the disciplinary majors offered within the Bachelor of Science. The prerequisite subjects for the disciplinary majors are offered in block mode outside the normal teaching periods. Details outlining commencing dates for those block mode subjects would normally be available in September for the following year.

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The Faculty Registrar, Associate Faculty Registrar or Academic Advisers can help you design a course to match your interests and career aspirations. Course highlights JCU is renowned for its teaching and research excellence in Science. Our Science students benefit from highly qualified teaching staff, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Students enjoy exceptional opportunities for practical experience and field trips. JCU operates island, rainforest and outback research stations, research vessels and on-campus laboratories and our lecturers take full advantage of JCU’s proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage areas. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join a variety of professional associations (please refer to individual majors for more information). Career opportunities Science graduates can enter careers in their chosen specialty as managers, consultants or technicians. With further qualifications, graduates can qualify for teaching, research and academic careers.

Bachelor of Science (General) Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville, Cairns on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English Yes Townsville 316311; Cairns 326311

Course structure* Level 1 Preparatory Chemistry Preparatory Mathematics Plus six subjects from the following: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding Systems Modelling & Visualization Fundamentals of Biology Environmental Process & Global Change The Diversity of Animal Life Introduction to Plant Science Evolution of the Earth Introductory Marine Science Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology Statistics and Data Analysis 1 Level 2 Select three Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Select four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Plus one specified CH, EV or MA Level-2 subjects: Quantitative Methods in Biology Analytical Chemistry Introduction to Geographic Information systems Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers Statistical and Data Analysis Statistical and Data Analysis 2 Plus seven Level-2 subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Plus eight Level-3 subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823)


Shane Ross Bachelor of Applied Science*, Honours, 2005 Land Protection Officer, Cape York and Torres Straits, Biosecurity Queensland (Invasive Plants & Animals), DEEDI

I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what I wanted to do when I finished school, but I knew I wanted to do something with good job opportunities and where I could work outdoors. Because I am passionate about tourism and the environment, this course fitted my interests well. The course was broad and included an industry placement. I enjoy zoology, botany and tourism, and I got to do subjects in all those areas. I did Honours in the end, making it a four-year program.

*Now Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation).

The field trips were the highlights of my course. They were good for hands-on learning and also for seeing real-life examples instead of sitting in a class.

I lived on campus and had a great time. I still keep in touch with fellow students and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been overseas and caught up with the international students I met at JCU. The practical field trip work has proven to be especially valuable in my work. I did a work placement and that led to my current job. In my role I work with stakeholders across Cape York and the Torres Straits. I assist local governments to draft

pest management and work plans; and provide stakeholders with technical advice through community engagement to guide ecologically sustainable development. I am part of the Cape York Peninsula Pest Management and Torres Straits Invasive Species Advisory Groups, and assist JCU and other organisations with research projects across the region.

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Geography What is Geography?

Professional recognition

Geography is the science of place and geographers study patterns and processes in both the natural and built environments. Geography graduates have the ability to synthesise and integrate information from a variety of sources to provide a clear overview of the interactions between society and environment.

Graduates are elgible to apply for membership of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

Course overview Geographers help to provide the solutions to many problems that affect society and the planet. JCU geography students study land uses ranging from Aboriginal land management to conservation management and urban development. Course highlights This course has a strong focus on field skills and problem solving and provides students with a broad range of skills in natural resource management and research. Field work includes vegetation surveys, mapping and research into management issues. JCU researchers and students work closely with leading government resource management agencies.

Career opportunities Geographers are big picture professionals. They work in government agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, CSIRO) and non-government organisations (Conservation International, WWF, Nature Conservancy) with interests in local and regional planning, disaster planning, population planning and protected area management. With further study, graduates may pursue careers as researchers or as teachers at all levels of the education system.

Bachelor of Science (Geography) Campus: Townsville, Cairns Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Environmental Processes & Global Change Evolution of the Earth Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Cradle to Grave Australian Landscape Processes & Evolution From Icehouse to Greenhouse Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Environmental & Regional Planning Plus at least three subjects from the following: Foundations of Natural Resource Management Terrestrial Resource Management Conserving Tropical Rainforests Coasts and Catchments: Geomorphology and Management Coastal & Catchment Geomorphology Field Studies in Tropical Geography Coral Reef Geomorphology Natural Hazards Advanced Geographic Information Systems Disasters: Vulnerability, Mitigation & Planning Plus four Level-3 science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance and consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Geology What is Geology? Geologists study the composition, structure, physical properties, history and the processes that shape the Earth’s components. Course overview JCU’s Geology degree emphasises the acquisition of practical skills and experience through fieldwork and industry placements. Students experience a diverse range of geological terrains and mineral provinces plus a broad range of tropical environments. The course provides students with core knowledge and training in theory, skills and practical application of geology. It is designed for students who seek a professional career as a geologist within the mining and exploration industry, government agencies, consulting companies and academia. Optional subjects are designed to provide a broad scientific background to provide the students with additional relevant knowledge and skills from other disciplines. Course highlights JCU is the only university in Australia offering a Bachelor of Geology.

Bachelor of Geology Campus: Townsville, Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English (Chemistry & Maths B desirable) Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316311; Cairns 326311 Students are exposed to real world projects and industry practice through The Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) housed at our Townsville campus. EGRU takes a leading role in facilitating knowledge transfer in the field of economic geology between public sector researchers, industry professionals and companies. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Environment Institute of Australia, the Geological Society of Australia, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Economic Ecologists, the International Association of Geochemistry and the Association of Applied Geochemists. Career opportunities Geologists locate new reserves of crude oil, gas, coal, minerals, uranium, precious metals and water, and determine the most feasible ways to extract these resources. With the resources sector continuing to remain a feature of the Australian economy, geologists are consistently in demand.

Course structure* Level 1 Preparatory Chemistry Preparatory Mathematics Environmental Processes & Global Change Evolution of the Earth Systems Modelling & Data Visualisation plus Chemistry: A Central Science (Townsville only) or Chemistry for the Natural Sciences (Cairns only) Level 2 Earth Materials Earth Resources, Exploration & Environment Introductory Field Geology Crustal Processes Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science plus Introduction to Geographic Information Systems or Introduction to Sedimentology Plus two subjects from the Earth Science or Environmental Science subject listing (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823). Level 3 Earth Dynamics Earth & Environmental Geochemistry Deformation, Metamorphism & Hydrothermal Fluids Ore Genesis Geological Mapping Advanced Geological Mapping Plus two subjects from the following: Mine Site Rehabilitation Professional Vacation Placement Field Studies in Tropical Water & Soil Science Advanced Hydrology Field Studies in Tropical Geography Advanced Geographic Information Systems Sedimentary Environments & Energy Resources *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree.

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Geology (Bachelor of Science) What is Geology? Geology is the study of the composition, structure, physical properties, history and the processes that shape the Earth’s components. Bachelor of Geology or Bachelor of Science (Geology)? The Bachelor of Geology is designed for students who wish to focus their studies to work solely within the geological field. The Bachelor of Science (Geology) major allows students to combine their studies with either a joint degree or with a second major (see Bachelor of Science major list on page 6). Course overview The Bachelor of Science (Geology) enables students to study core geology subjects while combining a complementary discipline to suit long term career aspirations. This program is also well suited for students wishing to combine Geology with another degree such as Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Laws. Course highlights

Students are exposed to real world projects and industry practice through JCU’s Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU), housed at our Townsville campus. EGRU takes a leading role in facilitating knowledge transfer in the field of economic geology between public sector researchers, industry professionals and companies. Professional recognition Graduates can join the following: Australian Institute of Geoscientists; Environment Institute of Australia; Geological Society of Australia; and The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Society of Economic Geologists; International Association of Geochemistry; and the Association of Applied Geochemists. Career opportunities Geologists locate reserves of crude oil, gas, coal, minerals, uranium, precious metals and water and determine the most feasible ways to extract these resources. With the resources sector continuing to remain a feature of the Australian economy, geologists are consistently in demand.

JCU is one of very few universities in Australia to offer a degree in Geology.

“The fossils of dinosaurs that swam in ancient seas are found near JCU.”

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Bachelor of Science (Geology) Campus: Townsville, Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Evolution of the Earth Environmental Processes & Global Change Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Earth Materials Introductory Field Geology Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Plus one subject from the following: Crustal Processes Introduction to Sedimentology Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Geological Mapping Advanced Geological Mapping Plus at least 2 subjects from the following: Earth Dynamics Deformation, Metamorphism & Hydrothermal Fluids Ore Genesis Earth & Environmental Geochemistry Sedimentary Environments & Energy Resources Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.


Catherine Harman (pictured left) working in the field.

Catherine Harman Bachelor of Science (Economic Geology/Geology), 2008 Mine Operations Geologist Saraji Mine, Dysart

During my time at JCU we did regular prac work plus some excellent field trips to cement the theory we had learned. I went to Orpheus Island to explore the reef, to Cloncurry to map metaphoric rocks and to Townsville’s Castle Hill and Mt Stuart to learn their geology. Uni is a great place to meet new people and share common interests. I’ve always wanted to be geologist so after completing my Science degree at JCU I entered the graduate program with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and began working at their Norwich Park open cut coal mine, 250 kilometres south west of Mackay.

Everything on this mine is massive. There are huge dump trucks that carry up to 300 tonnes of dirt, and draglines with enormous buckets attached to winches that remove the rock. I work alongside the ‘drill and blast’ engineers creating coal surface models and locating coal seams to help them design blast patterns. One explosion can create a the hole 500 metres across and 60 metres deep. I live in Dysart, the mine’s service centre. It has a population of around 3,500 but as I like small towns living here suits me. The

company subsidises my modern three bedroom share unit, plus they provide a gym, fitness classes, a swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts and more.

As a geologist you can work in any economic commodity such as coal, gold, diamonds or oil and the degree gives you the opportunity to travel around Australia or the world. Currently there is a shortage of geologists due to the mining boom so there are plenty of well paid jobs available. Enquiries 1800 246 446 ~ www.jcu.edu.au

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Marine Biology What is Marine Biology? Marine biologists study the living resources of the world’s oceans and coastal seas. Training in marine biology is central to understanding, protecting and managing these diverse ecosystems and evaluating human impact on the marine environment. Course overview James Cook University is recognised around the world as a leading institution for studies in this area. The University has earned an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and takes a fieldoriented, hands-on approach to its teaching endeavours. It’s Marine Biology students benefit from the unique learning environment of the tropics, whose waters support rich and diverse biological communities. Course highlights Our location gives students ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Outstanding facilities include our research station on Orpheus Island and numerous research vessels, providing easy access to the Great Barrier Reef’s coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves. The University’s research aquarium and well-equipped laboratories support teaching at an advanced level. Students are exposed to real world projects and industry practice through JCU’s involvement with

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Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, which plays a leading role in multinational research programs and is based at JCU’s Townsville campus. It is the largest single institutional contributor to the Global Coral Reef Targeted Research Program, funded by the World Bank. The Centre of Excellence has strong links to the Census of Marine Life project, and to coral reef management agencies worldwide, particularly the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Townsville.

Course structure*

The Centre is a partnership of James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and The University of Queensland (UQ).

Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823)

Professional recognition Graduates can apply to join a variety of professional organisations including the Australian Marine Science Association, the Australian Coral Reef Society and numerous other specialist associations. Career opportunities Marine Biology graduates work around the world in private and public agencies, or as private consultants in fields such as conservation policy and environmental management, impact assessment, tourism and education. Graduates with higher qualifications and research experience can pursue research careers in universities or research organisations.

Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Quantitative Methods in Biology Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Plus Functional Biology of Marine Organisms Evolution & Biogeography of Marine Organisms or Marine and Terrestial Invertebrate Biology

Level 3 Four subjects selected from the following: Biological Oceanography Fisheries Science Evolution & Ecology of Reef Fishes Coral Reef Ecology Marine Conservation Biology Life History & Evolution of Reef Corals Design & Analyses in Ecological Studies Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling Coastal & Estuarine Ecosystems Marine Invertebrates of Commercial Importance Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

“Our location gives students ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds.”


Scott Hansen Bachelor of Science (Zoology & Marine Biology), 2010

I was originally from Canberra and moved to Townsville to study Marine Biology because JCU is one of the world leaders in the field. When I started the course I really enjoyed the zoology components so I decided to do a double major. In the first and second years of the Marine Biology course we did lots of lab work and field trips to Magnetic Island. In third year we spent time at JCU’s Orpheus Island research facility and studied reef fish. We are learning from some of the best scientists in the world and it’s wonderful being able to do something I love.

For Zoology we travelled to Borneo, Malaysia for two weeks, which was a real highlight. I implemented a research study on native bats and visited the Sepilok Orangutang Rehabilitation Centre.

with the self-learning aspect becoming more important and course papers become more applicable. I also did some intensives which meant I completed some subjects more quickly.

The course is pretty full on, with over 20 hours of class time a week plus you’re expected to do time outside those hours. But much of it is lab or group work, which is both enjoyable and interesting. The contact hours decrease in subsequent years

Living on campus is excellent in first year because you meet heaps of interstate and international students and make new friends. Plus there are lots of college functions, the sporting side is great and you can walk to class. Enquiries 1800 246 446 ~ www.jcu.edu.au

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Marine Biology – Advanced What is Marine Biology – Advanced? Careers at the cutting edge of marine biology research, conservation, and management, increasingly require a high level of quantitative ability and analysis plus a capacity to work within multidisciplinary teams. James Cook University has responded to this trend by introducing an advanced level of training within its Science programs. Course highlights

Professional recognition JCU Marine Biology (Advanced) graduates can apply to join a variety of professional organisations including the Australian Marine Science Association, the Australian Coral Reef Society and numerous other specialist associations. Career opportunities Graduates of this course are prepared for careers in the high end of the job market in Marine Biology, including:

This advanced program aims to provide graduates with the necessary skill base to become future leaders in the field of Marine Biology.

­• Environmental resource management with organisations such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and state environment departments;

JCU is recognised around the world as a leading institution for Marine Biology studies. Its strong links with major research organisations and specialist facilities (including ready access to the neighbouring World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef) provide excellent opportunities to marine biology students.

• Conservation biology with major national and international conservation organisations such as the World Conservation Society, the World Wildlife Fund, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN);

Course overview JCU’s Marine Biology - Advanced provides greater emphasis on quantitative training and scientific writing skills with an interdisciplinary perspective, essential for leaders in science, conservation and management.

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• Research and teaching in universities and research institutions (with further study) such as the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the CSIRO and state fisheries divisions, as well as their equivalents.

Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology Advanced) Campus: Townsville Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B (minimum OP6) Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC code: Townsville 316231

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Fundamentals of Biology Mathematical Techniques The Diversity of Animal Life Mathematical Foundations Level 2 Earth Materials Functional Biology of Marine Organisms Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Quantitative Methods in Biology Plus two Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Plus one subject from the following: Evolution & Biogeography of Marine Organisms Marine and Terrestial Invertebrate Biology Plus two Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics or Physics subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823). Level 3 Four subjects selected from the following: Biological Oceanography (Advanced) Evolution & Ecology of Reef Fishes (Advanced) Coral Reef Ecology (Advanced) Life History & Evolution of Reef Corals (Advanced) Design & Analyses in Ecological Studies (Advanced) Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling (Advanced) Coastal & Estuarine Ecosystems (Advanced) Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree.


Marine Science What is Marine Science? Marine Science is the interdisciplinary study of the marine environment bringing together elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geosciences and environmental management. Marine Scientists explore the make-up and dynamics of the world’s oceans and use their skills to: investigate and manage human impacts on the marine environment; understand and utilise ocean resources; and manage and protect our marine reserves.

top 10 coral reef biologists are at JCU. Students of this course are eligible to gain membership of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and are invited to information events, monthly meetings, and guest lectures. Professional recognition Graduates can apply to join the Australian Marine Science Association, the Australian Coral Reef Society and numerous other specialist associations.

Course overview

Career opportunities

This is a multidisciplinary degree ensuring generic skills so students can respond to changes in the job market for marine science worldwide.

Graduates can pursue careers throughout the world with private and government agencies, or as private consultants in conservation policy and environmental management, impact assessment, tourism and education. Graduates with higher qualifications and research experience pursue research careers in universities or research organisations.

The degree requires coursework in: Marine Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry. This program is designed for students who enjoy interdisciplinary science and want to package subjects to achieve particular skills outcomes. Course highlights JCU offers outstanding facilities for studies in Marine Science. Our research station on Orpheus Island and research vessels provide easy access to the Great Barrier Reef’s superb coral reefs, islands, seagrass beds and mangroves. Research aquariums and well-equipped laboratories support teaching and research at an advanced level. JCU is recognised around the world as a leading institution for Marine Science. Six of the world’s

Graduates in Marine Science, especially those who gain a higher qualification, have a good track record of obtaining employment in the following areas: ­• Environmental resource management ­• Educational and interpretive ventures in tourism • Research and teaching in universities and research institutions An increasing number of graduates operate their own businesses in environmental impact assessment, environmental consultancies, tourism and education.

Bachelor of Marine Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (first year only) on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English, Chemistry, Maths B Yes Townsville 316251; Cairns 326251

Course structure* Level 1 Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Environmental Processes & Global Change Statistics & Data Analysis or Mathematical Techniques Chemistry: A Central Science (Townsville only) or Chemistry for the Natural Sciences (Cairns only) Plus two subjects from the following: Introduction to Plant Science Chemistry: Principles & Applications (Townsville only) Molecular Chemistry (Cairns only) Evolution of the Earth Mathematical Foundations Introductory Marine Science (Townsville only) Preparatory Physics (Townsville only) Advanced Stream Physics (Townsville only) Fundamental Physics (Townsville only) Level 2 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Descriptive Physical Oceanography Plus two subjects from the following: Marine Chemistry & Chemical Ecology Introduction to Sedimentology Functional Biology of Marine Organisms Introduction to Sedimentology Marine Ecology & Environmental Assessment Plus four subjects selected from the following: Introduction to Aquaculture Synthesis & Structure in Chemistry Spectroscopy & Spectroscopic Methods Analytical Chemistry Australian Landscape Processes & Evolution From Icehouse to Greenhouse Mathematics for Scientists & Engineers Mathematical Methods & Differential Equations Evolution & Biogeography of Marine Organisms Marine and Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics & Thermodynamics Level 3 Geological Mapping Plus three subjects from the following: Advanced Marine Geoscience Technologies & Applications Managing Coastal & Marine Environments Conserving Marine Wildlife Coasts & Catchments: Geomorphology & Management Coral Reef Geomorphology Plus two subjects from the following: Biological Oceanography Fisheries Science Coral Reef Ecology Marine Conservation Biology Life History & Evolution of Reef Corals Ecological Dynamics: an Introduction to Modelling Plus two subjects from the following: Fluid Mechanics Applied Complex Variable Theory Classical Mechanics Oceanography & Meteorology Or other Aquaculture, Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Marine Biology or Physics subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823). *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours Students considering Honours should make sure they complete four subjects in at least one discipline of their degree during third year. Enquiries 1800 246 446 ~ www.jcu.edu.au

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Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Townsville only Please note, mid-year entry students commence in June in Townsville with ‘Mathematical Foundations’ offered in Block Mode.

QTAC codes:

Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

What is Mathematics?

Course highlights

Course structure*

The rapid development of technology and the onset of the information age have made the study of mathematics and statistics increasingly important. The growth of computing has provided the basis for many mathematical developments. The world of commerce and economics also relies on the widespread use of mathematics and statistics, as do the fields of science and engineering.

While some students study mathematics for the beauty of the subject, increasingly students are choosing mathematics to facilitate understanding in a second discipline. At JCU this second discipline may include physics, chemistry, the biological sciences or business and economics.

Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques

Course overview Mathematics and statistics are used in our understanding of the real world and in the solving of practical problems. At JCU the course provides students with a broad range of skills to analyse problems from a quantitative perspective. A thorough understanding of calculus (including differential equations), linear algebra, numerical algorithms and statistics is developed, providing students with a skill-set that is useful in many disciplines.

Professional recognition

Level 2 Mathematics for Scientists & Engineers Mathematical Methods & Differential Equations

Graduates may be eligible to become graduate members of the Australian Mathematical Society.

Numerical Mathematics or Introduction to Programming 1

Career opportunities Mathematics graduates are in high demand and well renumerated. Career paths include applied research (operations, econometrics, biometrics, market research, mathematical modelling, statistical diagnosis, actuarial science), fields where large data sets need to be organised, managed and analysed (oceanography, systems analysis, meteorology, engineering, finance); and mathematics teaching.

“A thorough understanding is developed ... providing students with a skill-set that is useful in many disciplines.”

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Plus three Level-1 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823)

Plus five Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Applied Complex Variable Theory Numerical Methods Environmental and Biological Modelling Multivariate Statistical Methods or Classical Mechanics Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.


Microbiology What is Microbiology?

Course highlights

Microbiology is the study of organisms that are microscopic in size – some so small that they must be viewed with the aid of an electron microscope. The study of microorganisms and larger parasites is significant because many of these organisms are agents of disease, useful in biotechnology; central to DNA technology and molecular biology, helpful in keeping the planet habitable and used in food processes.

JCU’s tropical setting provides a unique environment in which to study some of the microorganisms and larger parasites specific to the tropics. JCU has close links with The Townsville Hospital, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Oonoonba Veterinary Laboratory and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Vacation placements are encouraged.

Course overview

Graduates can apply for membership of the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Microbiologists at JCU study the helpful and destructive association between microbes and animals, humans and plants, and investigate the relationships of these organisms in marine, freshwater, rainforest and savanna settings. Particularly important areas of study are bacteriology, virology and immunology. Students specialising in these areas are highly sought after in industry and the public sector.

Professional recognition

Career opportunities Microbiologists can seek rewarding careers in food and beverage manufacture, research and quality control, biotechnology, pollution monitoring and control, manufacture of pharmaceuticals, paints and cosmetics, extraction of ores in association with mining activities, agricultural, aquaculture and forestry industries, or veterinary and human medicine.

Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) Campus: Townsville Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Introductory Biochemistry & Microbiology Epidemiology or Fundamentals of Biology Epidemiology Level 2 Microbial Diversity Introductory Infectious Diseases & Immunobiology Marine Microbiology Principles of Biochemistry or Statistics and Data Analysis Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Selection from the following is recommended: Functional Biology of Marine Organisms Quantitative Methods in Biology Or four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Four subjects selected from the following: Clinical Microbiology Aquatic Microbial Pathobiology Food Microbiology Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases Advanced Immunobiology General Pathobiology Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Students wishing to specialise in Clinical Microbiology should also select from: Genes, Genomes & Development General Pathobiology

“JCU’s tropical setting provides a unique environment in which to study some of the microorganisms and larger parasites specific to the tropics.”

*Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

Enquiries 1800 246 446 ~ www.jcu.edu.au

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Pharmacology What is Pharmacology?

Course highlights

Pharmacology is the study of chemical agents or drugs, and the ways in which they affect living systems. In particular, it is concerned with the development of new drug therapies, as well as the improvement of existing treatments. As the fundamental science in the development of new medicines, pharmacology is at the forefront of medical research.

The pharmacology program has developed an innovative teaching program that encourages a high level of hands-on experience. The program has strong links with local hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and research bodies such as the Australian Institute of Marine Science, which has a marine natural products group.

The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly investigating natural products as the basis for new drug treatments. Areas in high biodiversity, such as rainforests, are particularly attractive for researchers who are searching for novel chemicals that may serve as a basis for the development of drugs. JCU is able to take advantage of its unique setting alongside the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics for such research. Course overview

These affiliations mean that JCU students gain special opportunities to experience the application of pharmacology in a range of areas including biomedical research and the development of new drug treatments. Career opportunities Pharmacologists can seek rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical industry and biomedical research, hospital laboratories, research organisations such as CSIRO, public health laboratories, university teaching and research.

The course aims to equip students to pursue biomedical research, undertake further studies (particularly in the medical field) and seek employment in health-related fields.

“The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly investigating natural products as the basis for new drug treatments.”

Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) Campus: Townsville; Cairns (first year only) Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B, Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Chemistry: Principles & Applications or Molecular Chemistry Plus one subject from the following: Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Plant Science The Diversity of Animal Life Chemistry: Principles and Applications Molecular Chemistry Introduction to Programming 1 Introduction to Conceptual Modelling Evolution of the Earth Environmental Processes and Global Change Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment, and Resources Epidemiology Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques Statistics and Data Analysis 1 Introductory Marine Science Preparatory Physics Astronomy: Evolution of the Universe Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology Level 2 Cell Regulation Medical Physiology 1 Medical Physiology 2 Principles of Biochemistry Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Clinical Pharmacology Systemic Pathophysiology & Therapeutics Neuropharmacology General Pathobiology Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance, and consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Physiology What is Physiology? Physiology is the study of how living organisms function. It is concerned with the body fluids, cells, tissues and organs and how these individual parts are integrated. Physiology incorporates aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, pharmacology and the physical sciences in an attempt to understand the complexities of how living organisms function in a constantly changing environment. Course overview Physiology at JCU focuses on human physiology from the molecular level through to the structure and function of the intact body. Human physiology is the foundation of health-related sciences such as medicine and nursing. Course highlights Physiology at JCU is a dynamic and exciting field with many of our teaching and research programs gaining respect nationally and internationally. The physiology program has close links to local hospitals, ensuring a good range of facilities for physiology students.

JCU’s physiology program also incorporates a high degree of hands-on science and extensive student-lecturer interaction is encouraged. The staff have developed an innovative teaching and research program which incorporates the latest technologies. Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science (AAESS). AAESS accreditation may lead to provider number status in order that graduates may provide professional clinical exercise physiology services. Career opportunities JCU physiology graduates are sought after by a range of employers from biomedical research laboratories to sports academies.

Bachelor of Science (Physiology) Campus: Townsville Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC code: Townsville 316061

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for a Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Introductory Human Anatomy & Histology Introduction to Biochemistry & Microbiology or Biological Chemistry or Mathematical Foundations Plus six subjects from the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) Level 2 Comparative Mammalian Anatomy & Histology Medical Physiology 1 Medical Physiology 2 Plus one subject from the following: Quantitative Methods in Biochemistry Principles of Biochemistry Plus four subjects from the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) Level 3 Advanced & Integrated Physiology Nutritional Physiology & Metabolism Contemporary Research in Physiology Reproduction Biology & Endocrinology Plus four subjects from the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

“The physiology program has close links to local hospitals, ensuring a good range of facilities for physiology students.” Enquiries 1800 246 446 ~ www.jcu.edu.au

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Physics What is Physics? Physics is the study of the laws of nature – the how and why things behave as they do. Physics investigations range from the microscopic world of elementary particles to the cosmological scale of the universe, from the properties of material to the behaviour of living organisms. Physics is the fundamental discipline that provides the framework within which all other sciences and technologies are developed. Course overview Physics students at JCU have the opportunity to explore the applied fields of meteorology (the study of weather and climate) and oceanography (the study of the ocean and estuaries). Students benefit from JCU’s proximity to the dry and wet tropics, the Great Barrier Reef, and the tropical cyclone belt. Course highlights Physics at JCU provides high quality individual support for students in its undergraduate courses. The course includes small group practical and tutorial sessions, carefully designed computer based learning for individual students and regular and informal discussion sessions between staff and students. Students are exposed to real world projects and industry practice through the Australian Research

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Bachelor of Science (Physics) Campus: Townsville Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B, Physics (or Maths C in lieu of Physics) Mid-year entry: Not available QTAC codes: Townsville 316061

Council’s Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies (CAMS) research nodes based at JCU. The research conducted within CAMS spans a broad range of fields in both experiment and theory ranging from fundamental electron-positron scattering to biophysics and radiochemistry.

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics

Professional recognition

Level 2 Structure of Matter Atomic and Nuclear Physics Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics & Thermodynamics

Graduates can apply to join the Australian Institute of Physics.

Plus Mathematics for Scientists & Engineers

Career opportunities

Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823)

Physics graduates can pursue careers in a wide range of industrial, scientific and educational occupations in fields such as health, meteorology, environmental monitoring, energy production, telecommunications, and computing. Research physicists require postgraduate qualifications and specialise in areas such as molecular physics, astronomy, marine physics, electromagnetic remote sensing, and gaseous electronics.

Level 3 Select four subjects from the following: Quantum Physics Statistical Mechanics and Transport Oceanography & Meteorology Human Biomechanics 2 Electromagnetic Phenomena

“Physics at JCU provides high quality individual support .”

Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance and consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.


Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) What is Planning? Planners decide the future land use of Australia and the design and appearance of its cities and towns, as well as their services, facilities and communities. Nationwide there are many thousands of planners working for councils, planning companies (often in teams alongside engineers and architects), regional and state organisations and government departments, and in teaching and research. Course overview JCU’s Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning aims to produce planners who can address the planning needs of the growing northern economy. JCU’s location alongside the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and the fast-growing, northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns – both of which have large tourist industries – provides a living laboratory for the study of the natural environment and economic development. Course highlights The degree provides a strong emphasis on the tropical, regional and urban environments and as such is an excellent preparation for a career anywhere in Australia or overseas. Students are exposed to real world projects and industry practice through JCU’s Centre for Disaster Studies, which is the only one of its type in Queensland. The Centre has acted as the university’s face

to the public and the professionals in the Emergency Management and Meteorology fields, city councils and other researchers since its establishment in 1979. Professional recognition JCU’s Bachelor of Planning is accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia. Career opportunities With a nationwide shortage of planners, there are plentiful opportunities for graduates as planners, policy makers, consultants, researchers and impact assessors for government agencies at federal, state and local levels, environmental planning firms and assessment consultants, property development companies, regional development organisations and non-government agencies (eg. overseas aid organisations).

“The degree is an excellent preparation for a career anywhere in Australia or overseas.”

Bachelor of Planning Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville, Cairns on campus; full-time or part-time 4 years full-time English yes Townsville 316271; Cairns 326271

Course structure* Level 1 Environmental Processes & Global Change Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment & Resources Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding Plus one subject from the following: Statistics & Data Analysis Qualitative Research Social Survey Design & Analysis Plus four subjects from the Bachelor of Planning. Selection from the following is recommended: Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective Introduction to Plant Science Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Information Technology Introduction to Multimedia Effective Writing World History since 1900 Legal Institutions & Processes Law, Society & Change Legal Concepts Preparatory Mathematics Drawing for Digital Media The Political World: An introduction to Political Science Modelling & Data Visualisation Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology Effective Drawing Level 2 Introduction to Environmental Economics Urban Geography & Design Cradle to Grave: Population Economy & Environment Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Environmental Law & Policy Level 3 Environmental & Regional Planning Environmental Impact Assessment Indigenous Environmental Management Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management Disasters: Vulnerability, Mitigation & Planning Level 4 Planning Legislation & Professional Practice Professional Planning Work Experience Minor Project (Part One) Minor Project (Part Two) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry into a higher research degree.

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Sustainability What is Sustainability? As humanity moves into the 21st century it is encountering its greatest challenges. Habitat destruction, biodiversity decline, degradation of natural resources, widespread poverty and disease, energy, climate change (to name just a few) are all serious challenges in the current age. Sustainability and sustainable development offers the best prospect for moving humanity towards the creation of a more just and eco-friendly civil society. Course overview The degree is in an innovative and creative interdisciplinary degree utilising subjects in environmental science, marine and tropical biology, ecology, social science, business, law, anthropology and tourism, broadly grouped into three sustainability core themes (ecological, social and economic). Students will also complete a disciplinary major. Course highlights This degree produces graduates with the cross-disciplinary skills required to join the rapidly expanding green jobs sector. Students will gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues combined with disciplinary competence that will enable them to influence policies, programs and corporate direction. The Bachelor of Sustainability is cross-faculty, incorporating conservation, ecology, planning, resource management, tourism, agriculture, ecology, environmental science, social sciences and

business. Subjects also take full advantage of the exceptional fieldwork facilities at JCU – from reef to rainforest – and students are also able to access a range of field courses at other universities to accelerate degree completion and gain exposure to other natural environments. Career opportunities The Bachelor of Sustainability at James Cook University is one of only a few undergraduate degree programs sufficiently innovative and multidisciplinary as to provide students with the opportunity to become sustainability practitioners. Graduates will have the opportunity to take on strategic and policy roles in both government and private industry. Prospective employers include all tiers of government, commerce and industry including: • government planning and environmental departments • cultural and natural heritage management • environmental conservation and protection agencies • land and water management • natural resource management • community development agencies • commercial and resource industries including mining • environmental consultancies • research organisations such as CSIRO, universities.

“Subjects also take full advantage of the exceptional fieldwork facilities at JCU – from reef to rainforest...”

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Course structure* Level 1 Fundamentals of Biology Environmental Processes and Global Change Human Geography Introduction to Sustainability Science, Nature and Understanding Human Rights and Social Issues Plus one subject from the following: Preparatory Mathematics Introduction to Plant Science The Diversity of animal Life Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences Plus one subject from the following: Systems Modelling and Visualisation Economics for Business Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place Level 2 Culture, Knowledge and Environment Introduction to Environment Economics Cradle to Grave: Population, Economy & Environment The Case for Sustainability Plus one subject from the following: Project Management Environmental Law & Policy Plus one subject from the following: Ecology and Conservation Ecology and Australian Indigenous Cultures Level 3 Foundations of Natural Resource Management Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment Sustainability in Practice Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

SCIENCE MAJOR

Level 2 Quantitative Methods in Biology Plus one subject from the following: From Icehouse to Greenhouse Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Level 3 Select four subjects from the following: Environmental & Regional Planning Environmental Impact Assessment Conserving Tropical Rainforests Indigenous Environmental Management Earth & Environmental Geochemistry Disasters Professional Vacation Placement Conservation Biology Agroecology Tropical Agroforestry Biodiversity & Climate Change


Bachelor of Sustainability † Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes: †

Cairns on campus; full-time or part-time 3 years full-time English Yes To be announced

course is subject to final approval

Course structure* continued BUSINESS MAJOR

Level 2 Select two subjects from the following: Entrepreneurship Organisational Behaviour Tourism Management Tourist and Leisure Behaviour Management Sustainability in Business Level 3 Select four subjects from the following: Cross-Cultural Management Managing Small & Medium Enterprises Tourism and the Environment Tourism Policy & Planning Destination Management Strategic Management Economic Growth & Regional Development

SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJOR

Level 2 Select two subjects from the following: Ecology & Australian Indigenous Cultures Qualitative Research Social Survey Design & Analysis Globalisation – Historical Perspectives Environmental History Policy Analysis & Management Level 3 Select two subjects from the following: Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation Indigenous Family Wellbeing and Community Development Policy Analysis and Management Plus two subjects from any Level-3 AN, IA and PL subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 4 This is an optional Honours year, which will follow the Honours program of the student’s chosen discipline (24 credits) i.e. Science, Business or Social Science. *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

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Zoology

Bachelor of Science (Zoology) Campus: Townsville; Cairns Mode: on campus; full-time or part-time Duration: 3 years full-time Prerequisites: English, Chemistry, Maths B Please note, if you do not have these prerequisites, an entry option is to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (General) major and transfer after completing the appropriate core subjects. Mid-year entry: Yes QTAC codes: Townsville 316061; Cairns 326061

What is Zoology?

Course highlights

Zoology is the study of the animal world: the ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology and behaviour of everything from protozoans to whales. It takes you from the laboratory to wide ranging field studies. We investigate what animals are, where and how they adapt to their environments, how they react to environmental changes, and how they interact with plants and other animals. Where better to study Zoology than the richly biodiverse northern tropics of Queensland?

JCU is a remarkable place to study Zoology. It is well equipped to make the most of its ready access to the superb richness of the tropical fauna and diverse environments – reef to rainforest, mangrove to mulga, and wetlands to savanna. We have modern laboratories and field stations in a variety of habitats.

Course overview Introductory subjects outline what makes animals work and how they function within the environment. Subjects in later years build on this, covering invertebrate animals as well as the great range of vertebrates with whom we share the planet. More specialised options cover particular groups of animals and how they behave, or about life in particular habitats, such as rainforests. Wildlife and its conservation is a popular field, as are herpetology and conservation genetics.

JCU houses many national research organisations, including the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, the Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecology, and the Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility. This opens up fantastic opportunities for Zoology students. Professional recognition Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Entomological Society, the Australian Society for Fish Biology or the Australian Mammal Society, depending on their specialisation. Career opportunities Zoologists work in ecological, educational and conservation related fields including national park management, faunal assessment and species conservation, pest and disease control, university teaching and research, museum collecting, research in zoos and as self-employed consultants.

Course structure* Level 1 Compulsory subjects for the Bachelor of Science (see page 6) plus: Fundamentals of Biology The Diversity of Animal Life Plus one Level-1 Science subject (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 2 Quantitative Methods in Biology Ecology & Conservation Plus at least two subjects from the following: Genetics for Biology Marine and Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology Animal Adaptation to Environmental Change Plus four Level-2 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) Level 3 Select three subjects from the following: Tropical Wetlands Ecology & Management Conservation Biology Rainforest Populations & Communities Population & Community Ecology Ecological & Conservation Genetics Animal Behaviour The Australian Vertebrate Fauna Wildlife Ecology & Management Plus one subject from the following: Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo Herpetology Ornithology Tropical Entomology Venomous Australian Animals Plus four Level-3 Science subjects (contact Faculty for advice – (07) 4781 6823) *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

Honours An Honours program is available for students who demonstrate high academic performance. Honours consists of an additional year of study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is recommended for entry into a higher research degree. Science Advanced option This major is also available in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This option is designed for high-achieving students who wish to explore Science more deeply and gain experience with research groups and organisations. For more information see page 7. Joint degrees Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in a reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU this degree can be combined with: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws.

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Joint degrees Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Science Why combine Science and Arts? Broaden your career horizons by combining Science with an Arts major. For example, studying a language could lead to work with scientists from different countries and cultures; Journalism can lead to a career in science writing or editing; Psychology could open up a whole world of research possibilities. The options are almost limitless.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)-Bachelor of Science Why combine Science and Education? Secondary science teachers are in great demand. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard about the skill shortages in education and teaching in general; the shortages are even greater for science teachers. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you combine your in-depth science knowledge with the ability to teach and inspire the next generation of budding scientists.

Bachelor of Engineering -Bachelor of Science Why combine Science and Engineering? If you combine Science and Engineering, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn how to design and apply practical solutions to solve the big issues facing our planet. Depending on your Science and Engineering majors, your enhanced skills and perspectives will prepare you for high-level careers in communication technologies, natural resource management and manufacturing and construction industries.

Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Laws Why combine Science and Law? Ever wondered about the ethical implications of genetic engineering, who owns the rights to a new scientific discovery or who is legally responsible for environmental issues? Combining Science with Law can open up many and varied career paths including, but not limited to: private legal practice, intellectual property and patent law, environmental law, forensic law, genetics, climate change policy, biotechnology research and industries, and actuarial and insurance industries.

Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (depending on major) full-time or part-time 4 years full-time English plus requirements for Science major Yes (depending on science major) Townsville 311031; Cairns 321031

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)-Bachelor of Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (depending on major) full-time or part-time 4.5 years full-time English plus requirements for Science major Yes (depending on science major) Townsville 313111; Cairns 323111

Bachelor of Engineering-Bachelor of Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (first year only) full-time or part-time 5 years full-time English; Maths B plus requirements for Science major Yes (commencing in mid-June) Townsville 314051; Cairns 324051 (first year only)

Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (depending on Science major) full-time or part-time 5 years full-time English plus requirements for Science major Yes (depending on science major) Townsville 311061; Cairns 321061

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Alternative entry pathways James Cook University is committed to making university education accessible and achievable for a wider range of people in our region. If it has been a while since you finished school, or if you do not have the academic entry requirements for the course you want to study, there are other entry options available to you. Below is a brief overview of some of the alternative entry pathways available at JCU â&#x20AC;&#x201C; please contact our Student Enquiry Centre for further information. Bridging subjects Bridging subjects can help you gain prerequisite subjects required for entry into specific courses. For Science, bridging subjects equivalent to Senior Maths B and Chemistry are available on both Townsville and Cairns Campus as intensive short courses before the semester begins. Contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering (07) 4781 6823 or <facultyse.tsv@jcu.edu.au> or (07) 4042 1000 or <facultyse.cns@jcu.edu.au> for more details.

Diploma of Science This is a flexible, one-year introductory course available to those who would like to enter science degrees at JCU but may not have the required academic prerequisites. On successful completion of the diploma, students will be eligible to apply for entry into many Bachelor of Science courses at JCU and may receive advanced standing for some subjects successfully

completed. Subjects are available from JCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide range of Science study areas. Students should speak with the Faculty Registrar or Associate Faculty Registrar to devise a suitable study program to meet their goals. Contact the Student Enquiry Centre, Freecall (from within Australia) 1800 246 446.

Six-month Tertiary Access Course (TAC) This preparatory course is for students who have not completed high school or who do not have the academic entry requirements to enrol in some undergraduate courses at JCU. Alternative entry with QTAC The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offers Alternative Entry options, to show that non-school leaver applicants can have reasonable prospects of success in a course. Visit the QTAC website for further information on Alternative Entry: www.qtac.edu.au/Applying-NonYear12/ AlternativeEntry.html Diploma courses Diploma courses are one-year study programs (or longer if taken part-time) designed for students who may not meet the academic entry requirements for their preferred degree.

Diploma of Science Campus: Mode: Duration: Prerequisites: Mid-year entry: QTAC codes:

Townsville; Cairns (first and second years only) on campus; full-time or part-time 1 year full-time None Yes 316191 Townsville; 326191 Cairns

Course structure* Core Subjects Preparatory Chemistry Preparatory Mathematics Options Select six subjects from the following: Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology Fundamentals of Biology Introduction to Plant Science The Diversity of Animal Life Chemistry: A Central Science Chemistry for the Natural Sciences Molecular Chemistry Effective Writing Evolution of the Earth Engineering 1 Computing for Engineers Engineering Dynamics Electric Circuits Environmental Processes and Global Change Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment, and Resources Epidemiology Mathematical Foundations Mathematical Techniques Statistics and Data Analysis 1 Introductory Marine Science (Townsville) Preparatory Physics Astronomy: Evolution of the Universe Advanced Stream Physics Fundamental Physics Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding Systems Modelling and Visualisation *Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

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Science courses summary BACHELOR DEGREE Majors

Prerequisites

Campuses and QTAC codes

Years (full- time)

TSV

CNS

BIOTECHNOLOGY

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316221

BUSINESS & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316341

GEOLOGY

English (Chemistry and Maths B desirable)

3

316311

326311*

Others

Mid-Year entry

OP/RANK

no

17/65

Page 10

yes

17/66

11

yes

17/65

21

MARINE SCIENCE

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316251

326251*

yes

10/81

27

PLANNING

English

4

316271

326271

yes

17/65

33

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316061

326061

yes

16/67

14 16 20 36

Science Ecology and Conservation Environmental and Marine Geosciences Geography Zoology

6

General

English

3

316371

326371

yes

16/67

18

Environmental Science

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316391

326391

yes

16/67

13

Aquaculture

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316381

326381*

yes

16/67

8

Geology Marine Biology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316061

326061*

yes

16/67

22 24

Mathematics

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316061

326061*

TSV only

16/67

28

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Chemistry Genetics and Genomics Pharmacology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316061

326061*

no

16/67

9 12 17 30

Microbiology Physiology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316061

yes

16/67

29 31

Physics

English; Maths B; Chemistry; Physics (or Maths C in lieu of Physics)

3

316061

no

16/67

32

Marine Biology (Advanced)

English; Maths B; Chemistry

316231

no

6/90

26

Science (Advanced)

7

Ecology and Conservation Environmental and Marine Geosciences Zoology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316361

326361

no

6/90

7 7

Geography

English; Maths B; Chemistry (Geography desirable)

3

316361

326361

no

6/90

7

Environmental Science

English; Maths B; Chemistry

316411

326411

no

6/90

7

Aquaculture

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316401

326401*

no

6/90

7

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Chemistry Genetics and Genomics Geology Mathematics Pharmacology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316361

326361*

no

6/90

7 7 7 7 7 7

Microbiology Physiology

English; Maths B; Chemistry

3

316361

no

6/90

7 7

Physics

English; Maths B; Chemistry; Physics (or Maths C in lieu of Physics)

3

316611

no

6/90

7

SUSTAINABILITY# Business Science Social Science

English

3

tba

yes

tba

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Pre-requisite information

SCIENCE-ARTS

English^

SCIENCE-EDUCATION (SECONDARY)

English

SCIENCE-ENGINEERING SCIENCE-LAWS

Campuses and QTAC codes TSV

CNS

Mid -year entry

OP/RANK

4

311031

321031

yes†

19/62

37

4.5

313111

323111

yes†

16/67

37

English; Maths B^

5

314051

324051*

yes†

12/76

37

English^

5

311061

321061

yes†

15/69

37

^

Years (full-time)

tba

Page

Please note, campus availability of joint degrees with majors depends on the major chosen. All Bachelor of Science majors are available as a joint degree except for the General program.

Diploma

Pre-requisite information

Science

English

Campuses and QTAC codes

Years (full-time)

TSV

CNS

1

316191

326191

Key * first year only ** first two years only † depending on science major chosen ^ plus requirements for science major chosen # course is subject to final approval TSV - Townsville campus CNS - Cairns campus tba - to be announced

Others

Mid -year entry

OP/RANK

yes

20/61

Page

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Disclaimer: This publication is intended as a general guide and does not bind James Cook University (‘the University’) or any state or federal government department. Information is correct at the time of printing and the University reserves the right to alter, amend or delete any course or admission requirement, mode of delivery, fee or other arrangement without prior notice. Scholarships and grants are subject to change and are awarded in accordance with conditions imposed by the University from time to time. All costs quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage a person suffers because that person has relied on any information within this guide.


James Cook University Campuses

Singapore Thursday Island Mount Isa

Cairns Townsville Mackay Brisbane

JCU’s main campuses are in Townsville and Cairns. We also have campuses in Brisbane and Singapore for international students, and study centres for some courses in Mackay, Thursday Island and Mt Isa.

Townsville Townsville is Queensland’s second largest city with a population nearing 180,000 people. A thriving industrial city on Queensland’s northern coastline, Townsville is also an administrative and important service centre for north-eastern Australia. It is uniquely located within easy reach of two World Heritage listed natural wonders – the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics region. To the west are the savannas and gulf country of the outback.

Cairns Townsville campus Located on 386 hectares of natural parkland in the suburb of Douglas, the Townsville campus supports approximately 12,000 students. On-campus colleges and halls of residence provide accommodation for around 1,250 students and there are excellent fitness and sporting facilities.

Cairns’ idyllic location has seen it evolve from a small seaport, servicing busy industries inland, to a popular tropical destination for visitors from around the world. Cairns lies 350km north of Townsville, and its population of more than 150,000 people enjoy life in a cosmopolitan coastal city, uniquely positioned between two World Heritage listed natural icons – the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics region. So accessible are these regions from Cairns, visitors can enjoy both in one day.

JCU Townsville Campus

Cairns campus The Cairns campus is located at the foot of rainforest-covered mountains, 15 kilometres north of the city centre and adjacent to Cairns’ northern beaches. Officially opened in 1995, this growing campus of some 4,000 students has modern and innovative teaching facilities, and specialist research hubs. New developments include a $30 million, state-of-theart teaching facility for dentistry. For more information about JCU campuses and Study Centres visit: www.jcu.edu.au/about/locations

JCU Cairns Campus

Support services for students Learn more about the many support services available to JCU students at: www.jcu.edu.au/student Accommodation service Apply for on-campus accommodation in Townsville, or search our online accommodation database: www.jcu.edu.au/accommodation

Careers and employment service

Indigenous students at JCU

Disability support

Search for casual work at our online jobs database and get careers advice from trained employment officers: www.jcu.edu.au/careers

Find out about study support and scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: www.jcu.edu.au/study/ indigenous-students

Student mentor program

Language and learning services

AccessAbility is a confidential service for all students with a temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. Contact the service if you have study-support needs: www.jcu.edu.au/disability

Team up with a student mentor who is in the same course as you: www.jcu.edu.au/ learningskills/mentor

Learning advisers offer free short courses, on campus and online, to help you manage your time and study better: www.jcu.edu.au/learningskills


Further Information Course and admission enquiries

JCU publications

JCU Student Enquiry Centre Freecall (from within Australia) 1800 246 446

Undergraduate courses 2012 Business & IT Creative Arts Education Engineering Humanities & Social Sciences Journalism, Communications & Languages Law Medicine & Health Science

EnquiriesTownsville@jcu.edu.au EnquiriesCairns@jcu.edu.au www.jcu.edu.au/future Course information www.jcu.edu.au/courses International students James Cook University International Townsville campus (07) 4781 5601 international@jcu.edu.au Cairns campus (07) 4042 1558 isccairns@jcu.edu.au www.jcu.edu.au/international QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) PO Box 1331 Level 2, 33 Park Road Milton QLD 4072 1300 467 822 or (07) 3858 1222 www.qtac.edu.au Scholarships Search for scholarships, bursaries and grants online: www.jcu.edu.au/scholarships

Courses & Careers: JCU Undergraduate Study Guide 2012 Postgraduate Study Guide 2012 Key dates JCU Open Day Cairns Sunday 21 August 2011 JCU Open Day Townsville Sunday 28 August 2011 Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) 16-17 July 2011 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane QTAC closing date (for on-time applications) Late September 2011 Teaching Period 1, 2012 Classes commence Monday, 20 February 2012 For JCU events and career market information visit: www.jcu.edu.au/events

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