Bachelor of Advanced Science

Learn from world-renowned lecturers and engage with experts in your chosen field with an Advanced Science degree from JCU. Develop strong research and communication skills as you investigate the role of science in creating sustainable futures within the Tropics. Model solutions to case studies from an array of biophysical contexts and extend your hands-on learning by completing a research internship or practical placement.

5 Stars

for full-time employment 2024 Good Universities Guide

Top 100 in the world

for earth and marine sciences 2023 QS World Ƶ Rankings

5 Stars

for learner engagement 2024 Good Universities Guide, UG Science & Maths


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


3 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements


Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

Recommended Knowledge

English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C)

QTAC Codes

  • 316361
  • 326361

Course detail

Real stories

  • Bachelor of Advanced Science student Casey Bowden


    Casey Bowden

    Bachelor of Advance Science, majoring in Marine Biology, minor in Chemistry

    Here, the opportunities are endless. It’s absolutely amazing to study and the facilities are incredible. The fieldwork options are amazing as well, with the Great Barrier Reef at our doorstep.

  • JCU Advanced Science Student Mikala Wright


    Mikala Wright

    Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Physics, minor in Chemistry and Advanced Mathematics

    I love the challenge of science — there is so much to learn and many new things to come. I chose Advanced Science at JCU because I wanted to push myself and the program focused on building work-ready skills. Doing placements taught me so much about not only applying theory but what the career truly entails.

  • Studied Graduate, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Zoology, Ecology and Earth Science)


    Hannah Green

    Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Zoology, Ecology and Earth Science

    The best part of the degree was the seminars where we met with the coordinator and other professional scientists who showed us a wide range of pathways and careers in industry, government and academia. The cohort was small so their advice and support was very personal which helped me develop confidence and direction.

  • Associate Professor Eric Roberts Head of Earth and Environmental Science


    Associate Professor Eric Roberts

    Head of Earth and Environmental Science

    It is nice to be part of a smaller university where staff and students actually get to know each other, and where there is opportunity to be involved in research. A highlight of our degree is the opportunity for field-based learning, bringing students into the field, and providing real hands-on learning.

  • Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn, Australian Institute of Marine Science


    Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn

    Australian Institute of Marine Science

    JCU students are of a like mind to us. They want to make the world a better place and they bring that desire into their work with us. They are practical, passionate and willing to tackle challenging problems through science.