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CU18 - Bachelor of Science

About Science

Scientists study natural phenomena of every imaginable sort - from the physical to the biological to the social. Science studies at CQU include biological sciences, chemical sciences, biotechnology, marine ecology, mathematics and physics.

If you're interested in the fundamental questions of life, and in using your knowledge to make sure the quality of our environment is improved and our lives safe and healthy, a degree in science may be for you. 

The Bachelor of Science is a flexible program which allows students the choice of specialising in one of the following five plans: Aquatic Resource Management, Biological Sciences, Marine Ecology, Biotechnology or Chemical Sciences. Students first complete a foundation year appropriate to their area of specialisation, followed by second and third year study in the selected plan (one of Aquatic Resources Management, Marine Ecology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, or Chemical Sciences), plus a complementary co-plan.

A wide range of co-plans are available, including Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, Biomedical Sciences, Information Technology and Occupational Health and Safety. High achieving graduates can undertake one further year of full-time study to complete an honours degree in their chosen area of specialisation.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science specialise in the areas of Aquatic Resource Management, Biological Sciences, Marine Ecology, Biotechnology and Chemical Sciences.  Science graduates can consider a career as aquaculture technicians, laboratory technicians, conservation managers, biological or aquatic scientists or chemists in all specialised areas.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full time, 6 years part time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG(Year 1 only at this location. ); MKY(Year 1 only at this location. Students at BDG/MKY should note that selected courses may only be available externally.); ROK; External
International - ROK
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation this is related to the area of specialisation and co-plan
Residential School Most courses taken in distance mode have compulsory residential components. Students should only enrol in courses where there is no clash in residential school dates (see Residential School Timetable).
Practicum/Work placement see specific programs described below
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BSc 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 040203B - QLD

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Science is a flexible program with considerable applied content. It allows students the choice of specialising in one of the following five plans: Aquatic Resource Management, Biological Sciences, Marine Ecology, Biotechnology or Chemical Sciences. Students first complete a foundation year appropriate to their area of specialisation, followed by second and third year study in the selected plan (one of Aquatic Resource Management, Marine Ecology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, or Chemical Sciences), plus a complementary co-plan. A wide range of co-plans are available, including Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, Biomedical Sciences, Information Technology and Occupational Health and Safety. High achieving graduates can undertake one further year of full-time study to complete an honours degree in their chosen area of specialisation.

Aquatic Resource Management Plan

This plan is designed to provide graduates with the background and training necessary to become aquatic resource managers. Students initially develop an appreciation of the structure and function of freshwater and marine ecosystems, including man made systems. A range of specialist courses then deal with topics including water quality control, pollution monitoring, experimental design and aquaculture. An industrial placement provides practical experience.

Exit point: Students who do not wish to proceed beyond the second year of the program but who have completed the six foundation courses plus the six level 2 courses stipulated in the Aquatic Resource Management plan specified below, together with electives to give a total of 96 units of credit, can exit with an Advanced Diploma of Aquatic Resource Management.

Biological Sciences Plan

This plan is designed to prepare graduates who can work as professional biologists, either individually or as members of a team. Biology is the scientific study of all living organisms, including human beings. It includes botany, zoology, microbiology, marine science, biochemistry and ecology. It is increasingly important for modern biologists to have a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts of biology, together with a scientific approach to problem solving, experimental design and the interpretation of results. This plan helps develop these skills with a combination of theoretical and practical work, including applied problems, small research projects and teamwork. Biologists are employed in fields such as medicine, public health, universities, national parks, agriculture, conservation and environmental management.

Exit point: Students who do not wish to proceed beyond the second year of this program, but who have completed the level 1 foundation courses plus 36 units of credit of advanced level courses in this plan, together with additional courses to give a total of 96 units of credit can exit with an Advanced Diploma of Biological Laboratory Techniques.

Biotechnology Plan

By studying the Biotechnology plan (major) graduates are prepared to work as professional biotechnicians. Problem solving, interpretation of information and communication skills are learnt through a combination of theoretical, practical and industrial work experiences. After an introductory year studying concepts in biology, chemistry and genetics, students progress to advanced level studies in cell culture, food and plant biotechnology, genomes, proteomics and commercialisation. A range of co-plans can be selected from to focus interests and broaden career options. Central Queensland with its natural aquatic systems, cattle husbandry and tropical agriculture, mining and heavy industries is an ideal place to study and gain field and practical experiences.

Biotechnology is the way of the future. It is one of Queensland's fastest growing economies providing many new jobs each year. Advances in genetic engineering, molecular biology, cell culture, cloning and breeding for new agricultural products are paving the way for a variety of job opportunities. Graduates will find jobs in the food and pharmaceutical industries, specialist companies, government departments and a range of research laboratories involved in product Research and Development.

Chemical Sciences Plan

This program aims to provide graduates with a broadly based knowledge of modern chemical principles, who are also aware of the need for environmentally responsible and sustainable practices within chemical industries. Graduates are qualified for employment in areas as diverse as agriculture, medicine, mining, power industry, environmental science, materials production, ecology, food technology, as well as careers in research and development in the private and public sector. Royal Australian Chemical Institute accreditation for this plan is currently being re-confirmed.

In the second and third years, strong emphasis is placed on analytical/forensic chemistry and modern instrumentation techniques. In the third year an applied practical project is undertaken, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a problem solving situation. This combination of hands on experience and practical training leads to excellent employment prospects.

Exit point: Students who do not wish to proceed beyond the second year of this program, but who have completed the level 1 foundation courses plus 36 units of credit of advanced level courses in this plan, together with additional courses to give a total of 96 units of credit can exit with an Advanced Diploma of Chemical Sciences.

Marine Ecology Plan

The marine ecology plan prepares graduates to work in the marine environment with an emphasis on environmental management and tropical ecosystems. After an introductory year studying concepts in biology and chemistry students select from advanced level courses in aquatic botany, zoology, aquatic systems, aquatic phyisiology, marine resources and environmental impacts. A range of co-plans is available for selection of an option to complement the plan and broaden student expertise in a career orientated specialist field.

The Central Queensland environment provides ideal natural aquatic habitats and systems to gain field and practical experiences.

Career options

aquaculture technician/laboratory technician/conservation manager/biological or aquatic scientist/chemist in all specialised areas

Program Structure

To fulfil the requirements for the awarding of a Bachelor of Science degree, a student must complete the following:

  • six foundation courses or 36 units of credit applicable to your chosen plan field of study;
  • a plan, comprising 10 courses (60 units of credit) at advanced level. At least 4 of these must be third level courses (24 units of credit) from one of the plan disciplines of aquatic resource management, biological sciences or chemical sciences (See science plans below);
  • a co-plan, comprising 6 courses (36 units of credit) made up of two courses at Level 1 and four at Advanced Level from one of the following discipline areas (details of which are given in science plans below). Students must undertake a plan in a different discipline area to their plan.
  • biological sciences;
  • biotechnology;
  • chemical sciences;
  • marine ecology;
  • psychology;
  • geography;
  • environmental science;
  • biomedical science;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • information technology;
  • mathematical modelling;
  • statistical modelling;
  • electives chosen from any degree level offerings within the University to give a total of 144 units of credit.

Students are required to have at least six courses (36 units of credit) of third level courses in their program.

Science Plans
  • Plan 1: Aquatic Resource Management
  • Plan 2: Biological Sciences
  • Plan 3: Biotechnology
  • Plan 4: Chemical Sciences
  • Plan 5: Marine Ecology

Courses Offered

Plan 1: Aquatic Resource Management
Foundation courses
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOL11007 Principles of Animal and Plant Culture
ENVR11011 Environmental Science A
ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology
Term 2
BIOL11008 Introduction to Field Biology
BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology
ENVR11012 Environmental Science B
*Plus 1 elective each term
Advanced courses
Level 2 - The following 36 units of credit
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AQUA12003 Aquaculture A
CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
MBIO19003 Introductory Microbiology
Term 2
AQUA12004 Aquaculture B
BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments
EVST12013 Water Quality Management
*Plus 1 elective each term
Level 3 - 24 units of credit selected from the following
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
EVST13014 Aquatic Systems
ZOOL11001 Invertebrate Zoology
Term 2
BIOL12050 Industrial Placement
MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources
ZOOL13014 Aquatic Physiology
*Plus 1 elective in Term 1
Recommended electives
Course Code Course Name
BIOL13031 Ecology A
BIOL12105 Biological Experimentation

Notes:

  1. Students intending to do honours must do Biological Experimentation.
  2. Students with an interest in environmental issues should select an Environmental Sciences co-plan.
  3. Students with business management interests should select electives from the Faculty of Business and Law.
Plan 2: Biological Sciences
Foundation courses
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
MATH11160 Technology Mathematics
ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology
CHEM11008 Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences
Term 2
BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology

*Plus:

  • 1 elective in Term 2
  • 1 co-plan or elective in Term 1 and Term 2

MATH11160 may be replaced with MATH11163 Mathematics 1A

Advanced courses
Level 2 - The following 36 units of credit
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BOTN19001 Terrestrial Botany
MBIO19003 Introductory Microbiology
ZOOL11001 Invertebrate Zoology
Term 2
BIOL12105 Biological Experimentation
BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments
ZOOL19002 Chordate Zoology
*Plus 1 co-plan or elective in Term 1 and Term 2
Level 3 - 24 units of credit selected from the following
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOT13001 Genome Biotechnology
BOTN13002 Plants and the Environment
ZOOL13012 Mammalian Physiology
ZOOL19004 Insect Biology
Term 2
BIOL13031 Ecology A
MBIO13007 Microbial Ecology
ZOOL13003 Comparative Physiology
*Plus 1 co-plan elective in Term 1 and Term 2
Recommended electives
Course Code Course Name
NUTR19001 Nutrition
MBIO19004 Humans, Microbes and Disease

Plan 3: Biotechnology
Foundation courses

Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BMED11001 Introduction to Biomedical Science
CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology
Term 2
BIOL12107 Genomes, Genetics & Evolution
BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology
CHEM11008 Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences

*Plus 1 co-plan elective in Term 1 and Term 2

Advanced courses

Level 2 courses

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Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology & Cell Culture
BMED19010 Macromolecules and Cell Function
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