Bachelor of Science - CU18

Discover how science can solve current and future medical, environmental, industrial and technological problems and launch your dynamic career in this field, with CQUni's Bachelor of Science. Develop practical, industry-relevant skills desired by industry and government through field and laboratory learning experiences, and choose between completing a professional placement or project to enhance your skills and experience. With the option to major in applied biology or applied chemistry, and choice of minors to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals, this course offers the perfect environment to pursue a rewarding career in science.


On Campus, Online


SR:69 ATAR:69




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Rockhampton, Online


English (Units 3 and 4, C)


Mathematical Methods, Biology, Chemistry



The Bachelor of Science at CQUniversity has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing you to major in an area of your choice and pursue a rewarding career in science. You will benefit from hands-on, practical learning experiences both on-campus and in the field.

The first year of the course will provide you with a foundation for a career in the biological, analytical and agricultural sciences and prepare you to major in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry.

Further tailor your science degree to your interests and career goals by choosing two minors. Choose from:

  • Animal biology
  • Chemistry analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Liberal studies
  • Plant and crop systems
  • Plant biology

You will benefit from field trips to a variety of destinations, including coral reefs, intertidal and terrestrial ecosystems, mainland vegetation communities, agricultural enterprises, mine and other land degradation sites and freshwater and estuarine environments. You will also have the option to undertake a work placement as part of your studies, allowing you to network professionally while completing your studies. Alternatively, you may opt to complete a project to contextualise your knowledge. 

At CQUniversity, you will also benefit from the research strengths of our staff and gain an insight into unique scientific issues in the Central Queensland region.

Core Units 8 Major Units 8
Electives None Minor Units 4

Course structure

You are required to complete 24 units, comprising of eight core units, eight major units, and two four-unit minors. 


Applied Biology Major

This major includes advanced units in Australian vertebrate biology, ecology, microbiology and management of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, which enable students to pursue a wide range of career options in the fields of ecosystem management and rehabilitation, environmental monitoring and conservation of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Applied Chemistry Major

This major includes advanced units in environmental chemistry, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and biomaterials, which enable students to pursue a wide range of career options in the fields of applied chemistry, including analytical science and biotechnology.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Career focussed

In the Bachelor of Science, you will study a range of scientific units that equip you with skills and knowledge to apply science to help solve current and future medical, environmental, industrial and technology problems. You will also gain strong transferrable skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.

Your first year of study incorporates skills-focused units that develop your field and laboratory abilities that are useful for research, and valuable for your future career. The units you study provide you with a solid foundation in scientific skills and knowledge. 

Your major allows you to gain deep skills and knowledge in your chosen discipline and the flexibility to focus on a specific scientific area. Both majors incorporate aspects of environmental studies. In the applied chemistry major, you will explore the emerging fields of nanotechnology, organic chemistry and biomaterials centred around an analytical chemistry focus. You will study units such as environmental chemistry, non-carbon chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical science, physical chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, biomaterials, and nanotechnology.

In the applied biology major you will focus on the study of botany and zoology. You still study units such as Australian botany, environmental microbiology, plants and the environment, environmental management, animal and plant physiology, and Australian vertebrate biology.  

Strong career opportunities

The Bachelor of Science prepares you for a range of careers and further research study options. As a graduate, your employment opportunities may include laboratory work (in food production and industrial settings), research within universities, CSIRO, industry and government, technical or sales roles in scientific sectors, environmental fieldwork, and plant breeding.

Real-world skills

You will have the opportunity to complete an industry placement or a short research project.

This experience allows you to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout your studies to the professional work environment. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through this professional practice experience enhances your work readiness and the career opportunities you explore when you graduate

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2024Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2023Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2024Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Applied Biology8
Applied Chemistry8
Animal and Plant Biology in Depth8
Chemistry Analytics 4


Environmental Management4
Liberal Studies4

Plant and Crop Systems4

Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Placement or ProjectBIOL12050BIOL12050 - This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment. Students will undertake either a) an industry placement, or b) a short research project for 120 hours. They will report on their experience in an appropriate format, identifying the nature of the work and activities undertaken. They will also reflect on how the knowledge gained and the skills developed during placement relate to their course of study and their future career.
Students studying via mixed mode will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.

Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 69 | ATAR 69.0

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an international student, visit our international student information for more details.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Biology, Chemistry & Maths B.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:

  • chemical and material production
  • agriculture
  • medical sciences
  • mining and metals
  • power industries
  • environmental science and ecology
  • food technology
  • forensic analysis
  • research and development.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$7,774.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

TasmaniaONL: 150411
Northern TerritoryONL: 150411
New South WalesONL: 160411
VictoriaONL: 150411
South AustraliaONL: 150411
Western AustraliaONL: 150411
QueenslandROK: 850611; ONL: 850615

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If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

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What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
All other states Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
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