James Cook University

Cairns & Townsville, AU

James Cook University

Cairns & Townsville, AU

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Science & Engineering

Science & Engineering Profile

Study Science in Tropical Australia

Study at the university ranked #1 in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and #2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation.  

Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world we provide world-class facilities, career-focussed courses, and leading research excellence. 
• Scholarships and financial aid available to US citizens 
• Experience World Heritage listed research environments.  

James Cook University (JCU) is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Tropics, the dry savannahs of the Australian Outback, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. JCU’s unique position enables students to study in a location like no other.  

With campuses located in the tropical cities of Townsville and Cairns in the state of Queensland in northeastern Australia, the region provides an ideal base to experience the best Australia has to offer. Enjoy a safe and supportive community atmosphere, a lower cost of living compared to larger cities, and a relaxed lifestyle.  

Approximately 12,200 students study at JCU Townsville’s campus and 4,000 students in Cairns.

International students makeup 11% of the student cohort and contribute to a vibrant community culture that provides students with a welcoming, supportive environment. 

Students can specialise in their major from year one, and some bachelor's degrees can be completed within three years. James Cook University offers a comprehensive range of world-class, career-relevant degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  

A practical focus 
A practical approach to learning is central to study at JCU, being awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment by the Good Universities Guide for ten years in a row. Students gain hands-on experience through internships, placements, and projects with industry, business, and government organisations. The University’s tropical location also offers unparalleled opportunities to experience unique field work, research stations, and state-of-the-art facilities. 

A supportive environment 
James Cook University strives to create an educational environment where students are supported to take full advantage of their university experience. The accessible teaching staff, friendly campuses, and support services (including student mentor and study skills programs) all ensure students have the environment to succeed. The dedicated International Student Support team provide a range of services, from social activities, referrals, and arrival services to academic and personal support.  

With more than 60 clubs and student societies, JCU offers plenty of opportunities to make friends, stay active, and have fun on campus. Clubs and societies range from the JCU International Student Association to various sporting and special-interest clubs, including the Dive Club, Townsville Ultimate Disc, Rugby Union, and Water Polo Clubs. 
Student accommodation 
For those who want to experience campus life to its fullest, there are extensive on-campus accommodation options, with and without meal plans included. While there may be some shared facilities, all rooms are single occupancy. Private rental options, such as share housing with easy access to campus, are affordable and readily available in both cities. 
James Cook University is registered as a provider to certify and administer US Federal Aid loan applications for new and continuing students. The school code is G12206. JCU also has scholarships available for high-achieving students. 



Ranked #1 in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and #2 for Biodiversity Conservation | Center for World University Rankings


Ranked #2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation | Center for World University Rankings


Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world | Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2021

JCU At A Glance

• 20:1 student-faculty ratio (Good Universities Guide 2021) 
• JCU’s campuses are near the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of tropical Australia. 
• JCU has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment by the Good Universities Guide for ten years in a row 

Popular programs

James Cook University works closely with employers and industry leaders to ensure graduates meet the demands of the global workforce. Our diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Science and Engineering are united by a commitment to excellent teaching and experiential learning in our world-class infrastructure and natural laboratories.  

Science programs include:  
Bachelor of Science 
Tailor your degree to suit your passion. Learn the fundamentals of science in your first year, then select one or two specializations to continue to build knowledge and skills in your chosen discipline.   

Bachelor of Advanced Science 
Undertake advanced studies to develop analytical and modelling skills that are highly sought-after by employers while undertaking a science major of your choice. 

Bachelor of Marine Science 
Where better to study Marine Science than on the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef, and at a university ranked number one in the world for Freshwater Biology by the Centre for World University Rankings? 

Also available 
• Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
• Bachelor of Clinical Science (Honours) 
• Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) 

Master of Science 
Be prepared for a changing future with the JCU Master of Science. This highly flexible degree allows you to choose from seven majors and select elective subjects within the same major, or from another discipline, to enhance your learning. 

Master of Science (Professional) 
Take your undergraduate degree in science further and be prepared for leadership roles within public or private organizations. With the advanced knowledge gained throughout this two-year professional master’s program, you will be equipped to address many of the world’s current environmental issues. 

A wide range of science study areas are available via majors and minors, including:
Aquaculture Science and Technology, Chemistry, Data Science, Earth Science, Environmental Earth Science, Environmental Management, Fisheries Science and Management, Geology, Internet of Things, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics Tropical Biology and Conservation, Zoology and Ecology  

Engineering programs include: 
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 
Build a thorough understanding of engineering fundamentals. A combination of theoretical and practical learning will allow you to deepen your knowledge in a specific field through a specialized major. 

Master of Engineering (Professional)
Gain advanced skills and knowledge highly-valued within the engineering sector through this robust postgraduate program. With the advanced knowledge gained throughout this two-year professional master’s program, successful course completion will give you the expertise required to work and succeed as a professional engineer. 

Engineering majors and minors include:
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Data Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronical and Renewal Energy, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology and Management, Water Resource Management. 

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