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 James Cook University.
Postgraduate students are supported by state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, with world-class research groups in both Townsville and Cairns.
The College of Science and Engineering collaborates with government, industry, overseas aid organisations, and its local community. JCU research students benefit from the university's close ties with these Research Centres:
The major research and teaching disciplines within the school include
For more information about studying Marine Biology and Aquaculture, Zoology and Ecology, Geoscience, and Environmental Management, please see OzTREKK's JCU Environmental Sciences page.
For more information about studying "Engineering," please see OzTREKK's JCU Engineering page.
Physical Sciences at James Cook University encompasses the fundamental science disciplines of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. JCU's teaching and research programs are multi- and inter-disciplinary, enabling graduates to build careers in many areas of science and technology within Australia and overseas.
In 2017, elements of Physical Sciences moved into the new “The Science Place” building at JCU which will be equipped with new state-of-the art laboratories and learning spaces.
Mathematics - Studying will give you strong theoretical underpinnings and ways of working quantitatively that can be applied in almost any discipline. Students of mathematics and statistics at JCU benefit from having to study high-level subjects in cognate disciplines which provides an opportunity to apply skills learned in those disciplines. All lecturers in mathematics and statistics at JCU are learning and teaching experts having been recognised and funded nationally for their efforts.
Physics - Students who study physics at JCU will come out with an accredited degree from the Australian Institute of Physics. They will receive attentive individual support from staff who are recognised nationally through teaching awards and who are actively engaged in world leading research funded through the Australian Research Council. They will have the opportunity to be involved in diverse real world research projects (from atomic and molecular physics, molecular and organic electronics, plasma physics, oceanography, meteorology, geophysics and spectroscopy) as well as in industry practice including medical physics, agriculture, fisheries and general consulting. Students will have the opportunities to observe and practice physics in a tropical environment, including field trips in meteorology (studying weather and climate in the varied dry and wet tropics and the cyclone belt) and oceanography (ocean, tropical estuaries and the Great Barrier Reef).
Chemistry - The chemistry major at JCU is accredited with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and is taught by staff actively engaged in world-leading research funded by the Australian Research Council. Chemistry can be taken as a double major with virtually all other science disciplines. With small class sizes in second and third years, there is strong close staff-student interactions. Students studying chemistry have the unique opportunity for field-based work in tropical marine and environmental chemistry as well as laboratory work. There is a strong solar chemistry feel at JCU and the location of Townsville with 300 days of sun annually is ideal for developing these green technologies. Inorganic Chemistry is a well-funded and regionally connected strength at JCU with research encompassing the rare earth and transition metals and structural chemistry.
James Cook University Graduate Science DegreesMaster of Science (Environmental Earth Science)
James Cook University also offers many research degree options for students. These include research studies in the areas of aquaculture, biomedical sciences, botany and tropical plant sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, ecology and tropical ecology, environmental science, immunology and microbiology, marine biology, physics, science, and zoology.
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