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What will I learn?

Develop your passion for innovation and make a genuine difference to your community and the environment. Undertake real-world research in unrivalled locations including the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and dry savannahs.

Access state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, like JCU’s The Science Place. Experience a leading-edge education from the world’s best institution for marine and freshwater biology studies and biodiversity conservation*.

JCU students have the opportunity to tailor their degree to suit their passion. Learn the fundamentals of science in your first year, then select one or two specialisations to continue to build knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline.

Expand your knowledge by choosing to study a minor or include elective subjects in your degree. Throughout your degree, you will develop key employability skills in your chosen science discipline.

Graduate with valuable hands-on experience and distinguish yourself with your breadth of knowledge and skills.

Data Science

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

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

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

Career Opportunities

JCU Science graduates are broadly skilled and equipped to work across a variety of fields. They have the advanced analytical skills needed to enter the workforce and make a meaningful impact on the world.

Depending on your area of specialisation, you could work in a growing number of fields including aquaculture, fisheries management, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, mining, or biotechnology.

You could be employed in roles such as geologist, environmental scientist, oceanographer, mathematician, marine or molecular and cell biologist, physicist, ecologist, conservationist or rehabilitation scientist, environmental and policy consultant, wildlife consultant or chemist.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

076290A

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,840.00 (20,46,512) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022, 26 February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023

Venue

Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,

CAIRNS CITY,

Queensland,

4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,840.00 (20,46,512) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022, 26 February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023

Venue

Smithfield Campus

14-88 McGregor Road,

SMITHFIELD,

Queensland,

4878, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based): 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5); TOEFL (internet-based): 79 (minimum writing score of 19); Pearson (PTE Academic): 57; Occupational English Test (OET): Completion and an overall pass with minimum grades A or B only in each of the four components.

For international students

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

Course pre-requisites: Assumed Knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C); or equivalent; Recommended Study: Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent.

Additional Course requirements JCU Singapore applicants who have not completed high school Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science.

IELTS - 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 74 (no component less than 18); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • Rated world-class or better in 83 per cent of research areas
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills