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James Cook University

Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology)

Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology) Regular Class
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Course overview

Breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants is the main objective of Aquaculture. This is an increasingly important area for developing a sustainable, food secure, future. Ensuring a consistent supply of food and associated products for human consumption, while also helping in the preservation of species in the wild, is key to solving real world problems. Throughout this major, students will explore the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. You will understand the biodiversity of species and how they are farmed, the design of aquaculture systems, and the basics of nutrition.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science at James Cook University
will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, within the domain of data science
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods,techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgment
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others
Start dates
March, July, November
2 years full time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year

Study Program

Students need to complete 24 subjects as per following:

Core Subjects

  • Science, Technology and Truth
  • Modelling Natural System
  • or Modelling Natural Systems - Advanced
  • Quantitative Methods in Science
  • or Quantitative Methods in Science – Advanced
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Professional Placement
  • Sensors and Sensing for Scientist

+ 2 Subjects from the following

  • Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Environmental Processes and Global Change
  • Evolution of the Earth

+ Major Subjects

  • Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition
  • Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Evolution
  • Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture: Propagation
  • or Aquaculture: Stock Improvement
  • Introduction to Biological Processes
  • or Diversity of Life
  • Introduction to Biodiversity
  • or Introductory Ecology

+ 8 additional electives

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entry requirements differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the James Cook University Foundation Program will also satisfy the entry requirement


  • Assumed knowledge in English and Maths B
  • English Language subject or any language rich subject deemed comparable to Australian standards on a case-by-case basis which includes GCE A level Grade D or higher in English or any language rich subject, GCE AS level Grade C or higher in English or any language rich subject, or GCE O level Grade C or higher in English subject
  • Mathematics B subject equivalent to Grade D or higher in A level Mathematics, or Grade C or higher in AS level Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Pure Mathematics with Mechanics
  • Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level (or equivalent) Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science

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English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Advanced Standing

Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure. Maximum advanced standing up to 48 credit points

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below  90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

Possible careers graduates in the Bachelor of Science majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology can look forward to include the following:

  • Hatcheries management
  • Stock nutrition programs and management
  • Fresh water and marine farming
  • Aquaculture research and development

Tuition Fees


*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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