This course in zoology and ecology complements the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Sustainability undergraduate degrees offered on the Cairns campus. Students have access to new and unique research facilities including the Tropical Sustainable Futures Complex (TSFC) on the Cairns campus and the Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRO) at the site of the Canopy Crane at Cape Tribulation. The two new field-based facilities provide direct and ready access to field locations and are designed for students to engage in practical field activities and long-term monitoring projects. Both facilities present exciting teaching opportunities that will provide students with much greater real-world experience and engagement with field biology. These are flexible courses allowing students to specialise in the animals and ecology of rainforests, savannas, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion, graduates will be able to: *Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific knowledge from with their chosen major *Critically analyse scientific theory, models, concepts and techniques from within their chosen major *Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings from within their chosen major *Apply analytic tools and methodologies to define and describe scientific problems from within their chosen major *Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc)
Entry requirements (Additional)
English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are: *Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR *TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR *TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR *Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer. JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
James Cook University is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics. *Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences *Dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma *More tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world *Teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.
*1st February for commencement in semester one (February) *1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)