As part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, the College of Science and Engineering promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Marine Biology, Environment, Geography and Sustainability, Aquaculture and Fisheries, and Terrestrial Ecosystems.
These study areas ensure that the school is a major contributor to James Cook University's reputation and listing in the top 4% of the world's universities, and an important factor in the university's success in producing informed, effective and skilled graduates.
Students have access to a range of environments around northern Queensland for field trips and practical study including the World Heritage rainforests of the Wet Tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park—plus outback, savanna, wetlands, agricultural and urban areas. Further facilities and expertise are made accessible through JCU’s association with partner organizations.
The major research and teaching disciplines within the school include
Marine Biology and Aquaculture
Marine science is the interdisciplinary study of the marine environment bringing together elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geoscience and environmental management. Marine scientists explore the make-up and dynamics of the world's oceans and use their skills to investigate and manage human impacts on the marine environment; understand and utilise ocean resources; and manage and protect marine reserves.
JCU's location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between JCU's research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.
Zoology and Ecology
The planet is facing a critical stage in its history, with growing populations and climate change leading to significant impacts on global biodiversity and unknown long-term consequences. By emphasizing such diverse intellectual disciplines as zoology, ecology, botany, behavior and evolutionary biology, within a diverse range of terrestrial and marine habitats, the program provides graduates with the skills required to observe, explore and understand the biological world in all it diversity.
Geoscience helps to understand the processes that link the physical world with the biological world, to model and forecast our future, and work towards solutions. JCU geoscience degrees will help you to tackle current and future global issues including mineral, energy and groundwater resources, environmental problems, climate change, seismic and volcanic hazards, landslides and flooding, and study of our palaeontological heritage.
Learn how natural environments function and change over time and how societies can use and modify these environments and the resources they provide. A degree in environmental management fields will prepare you to deal with environmental issues now and into the future, including climate change, natural disaster management, tourism, and land use.
JCU provides you with expertise in areas including physical and human geography, urban and regional planning, settlement and landscape design, natural resource management, and protected area management.
For more information about studying "Physical Sciences" like math, physics, and chemistry, please see OzTREKK's JCU Sciences page.
For more information about studying "Engineering," please see OzTREKK's JCU Engineering page.
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