To embark on a successful career in the sciences, you need a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. You will draw from these throughout your studies and your career. Select from a range of subjects that are not already in your major to strengthen your knowledge base and enhance your understanding on how various elements of science interact.
Learn about the development of science in human history and the controversies that have always been a part of scientific advancement. Gain critical thinking skills and learn how to develop and apply them in a scientific context.
Whether you choose biochemistry, problem-solving and programming, mathematics, or ecology, your elective subjects will prepare you for a well-rounded career interacting with other professionals in related fields.
A Variety of Majors
Science is exciting because of how much promise it holds. Since science as a discipline entered its modern form, the range of specialisations and sub-specialisations continues to grow. Whatever your scientific interest, JCU's Bachelor of Science course has a major to suit. Here are just a few of the possible majors open to you in your BS degree at JCU:
If the world beneath the sea calls to you, a major in Marine Biology will equip you to understand the biodiversity of our waters. You'll see firsthand the effects of human life on the oceans and their environment and lead the way in ecosystem protection and restoration. You’ll benefit greatly from studying with the best in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology (CWUR 2017).
Perhaps you love using computers and can see the enormous potential of machine learning and big data analytics. With a major in data science, you'll learn how to develop algorithms and refine analytics and visualisations to make a difference for national defense, financial institutions, health, and every other key industry.
Molecular and Cell Biology
Every year our studies in DNA sequences lead to a new breakthrough. Through laboratory work and field projects, you'll develop the skills you need to make a difference in modern medicine and biotechnology as you come to understand how the world works, all the way down at the molecular level.
Physics is one of the most exciting branches of the sciences, committed to answering the greatest questions in the universe. Through your studies of relativity, quantum mechanics, and matter, you'll be prepared for careers in industry, health, education, aerospace, and more.
Zoology and Ecology
If animals are your calling, a major in zoology can equip you to work in wildlife management, as an ecologist, in biosecurity, or any other career working to better understand and manage wildlife and the environment. Through your studies, you'll gain a firm grasp of the biology of animal and plant life and how to protect that life from human threats.