Given its location, many students automatically think James Cook University (JCU) is the place to study marine biology. While their reputation in this field and the opportunity to do research on the Great Barrier Reef is outstanding, there is a lot more to JCU than marine biology. Geology, environmental and rainforest science, anthropology, indigenous studies, business and economics, biological sciences, tourism and regional development are just a few of the hundreds of subject areas you can take at JCU. There's even a College of Music and Visual Arts and a brand new medical school in Townsville.
JCU is consistently ranked in the world’s top three for research performance in the areas of ecology and environment, plant and animal sciences and geosciences and is ranked among the top 12 tourism education institutions in the world with its special focus on ecotourism.
You'll take four courses per semester at JCU and earn 16 semester hours of credit. A mix of international and Australian students in your classes will give you a world perspective on your studies, no matter what the subject.
Outside the classroom, you'll find that you can study at one of two campuses. The Townsville Campus is set in natural bushlands by the Ross River. With 11,000 students and seven residential colleges, the campus is not very different from that of a midsize U.S. university. You'll find student clubs and societies, sporting facilities, and cafes and restaurants spread throughout the campus.
With only 3,000 students, and a modern campus located at the foot of a rainforest, the Cairns Campus offers a close-knit academic community with courses that specialize in subjects related to tourism management, environmental science, education, business and archeology. Many courses in the sciences use the surrounding physical environment, including the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and inland arid areas, to conduct field research.
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