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Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of Science

  • ID:GU610085
  • Level:4-Year Double Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of Science will combine the specialised disciplines of biological, clinical, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences with the skills and capacity to communicate these within various professions, and to the broader public. Alongside scientific expertise, graduates will emerge with a suite of communication, writing and media production skills that will add a critical dimension to their employability. Graduates of this double degree will better navigate the contemporary context for science where global communication and media are pervasive and increasingly a concern for emergent and existing science professionals. Graduates employed in diverse sectors alongside those choosing to pursue specialised science communication careers (including science journalism) will be accommodated by this degree combination.

CRICOS CODE: 0100742

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Year 1

You must complete the following courses:

  • Introduction to Communication and Journalism - 1505LHS

  • Research and Writing for Journalism - 1507LHS

  • Communication: Theory and Scholarship - 1511LHS

  • Communication Performance - 1512LHS

  • Level 1 Science courses

  • Free-choice elective


  • Language and Communication for Sciences - 5903LHS

Note 1: Students required to undertake the English Language Enhancement course must complete it in place of a Free-choice elective.

Year 2

You must complete the following courses:

  • Empowering the Professional Communicator - 1509LHS

  • Ethical Communication - 2505LHS

  • Digital Media and Portfolio Production - 1513LHS

  • Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 2508LHS

  • Level 1 Science courses


  • Free-choice elective (see Note 1)


  • Physics major (see Note 2)

Note 1: Students intending to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clinical Sciences, Geography, Marine Biology, Microbiology or Wildlife Biology must complete an additional Level 1 Science course in place of the free-choice elective to ensure they have the requisite foundation courses for the major.

Note 2: Students intending to complete a Physics major must complete a Physics major course in place of the free-choice elective.

Year 3

You must complete the following courses:

  • Global Journalism, Media and Communication - 2506LHS


  • Environmental and Climate Change Communication - 2524LHS (offered in even years)


  • Health and Science Communication - 2525LHS

  • Media Relations - 2515LHS

  • Media Law - 2513LHS

  • Digital Audio Media Production - 2523LHS

  • Science or Physics major

Note 1: Students intending to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clinical Sciences, Marine Biology, Microbiology or Wildlife Biology must complete an additional Level 1 Science course in place of the free-choice elective to ensure they have the requisite foundation courses for the major.

Year 4

You must complete the following courses:

  • Advanced Digital Media Production - 3502LHS (see Note 1)

  • Communication for Social and Environmental Change Project - 3503LHS (see Note 1)

  • Science or Physics major

  • Science Capstone - 3992NSC_Y1


  • Science Capstone - 3992NSC_Y2


  • Environmental Capstone - 3892ENV


  • Industry Affiliates Program - 3001ENV


  • Work Integrated Learning Placement - 3900ESC

Note 1: These courses are designed as the capstone experience for the final year.

Level 1 Science courses

You must select 60 credit points from the following list:

  • Human Biology - 1001NSC

  • Introduction to Marine Science - 1007ENV (Gold Coast)

  • Biological Systems - 1041SCG

  • Chemistry 1A - 1021SCG (Nathan)


  • Chemistry I - 1023SCG (Gold Coast)

  • Linear Algebra - 1201SCG

  • Genetics and Evolutionary Biology - 1042SCG

  • Quantitative Reasoning - 1015SCG

  • Physics 1A - 1031SCG

  • Introduction to Environmental Sustainability - 1043SCG

  • Earth Systems - 1044SCG

  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry - 1014NSC

  • Chemistry 1B - 1022SCG (Nathan)


  • Chemistry II - 1024SCG (Gold Coast)

  • Physics 1B - 1032SCG (see Note 1)

  • Statistics - 1014SCG

  • Calculus I - 1202SCG

  • Global Environmental Challenges - 1444ENV (not offered in 2021)

  • Foundation Mathematics - 1017SCG

Note 1: Students undertaking 1032SCG must complete 1202SCG

Free-choice electives (Science)

You may select free-choice electives from the list below or any Undergraduate free-choice elective/s offered across the University provided prerequisites are met. If you require guidance, please liaise with your Program Director.

  • Human Physiology - 2002NSC

  • Molecular Genetics - 2000MSC

  • Metabolism - 2003NSC

  • Fundamentals of Microbiology - 2003MSC

  • Protein Science - 2005NSC

  • Microbiology - 2007MSC

  • Human Anatomy - 2007NSC

  • Structural Biochemistry - 2008MSC

  • General Microbiology - 2008NSC

  • Applied Microbiology - 2010NSC

  • Molecular Biology - 2012NSC

  • Biotechniques Laboratory - 2013NSC_Y1 (Nathan)


  • Biotechniques Laboratory - 2013NSC_Y2 (Nathan)


  • Biosciences Laboratory Skills - 2018NSC (Gold Coast)

  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship - 2043IBA

  • Ecology - 2051ENV

  • Soils and Geomorphology - 2071ENV

  • Inorganic Chemistry - 2101NSC (Nathan)


  • Inorganic Chemistry - 2208ENV (Gold Coast)

  • Spectroscopic and Molecular Analysis - 2102NSC

  • Organic Chemistry - 2103NSC (Nathan)


  • Organic Chemistry - 2014MSC (Gold Coast)

  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry - 2106NSC

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - 2107ENV

  • Linear Algebra and Differential Equations - 2201NSC

  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry - 2202ENV

  • Numerical Methods - 2202NSC

  • Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring - 2203ENV (Gold Coast)


  • Environmental Chemistry - 2209ENV (Nathan)

  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling - 2204NSC

  • Calculus II - 2205NSC

  • Environmental Politics and Policy - 2221ENV (not offered in 2020)


  • Government-Business Relations - 2004GIR

  • Animal Diversity - 2251ENV (Nathan) (not offered from 2021)


  • Zoology - 2303ENV

  • Plant Diversity - 2261ENV (Nathan) (not offered from 2021)


  • Botany - 2702ENV

  • Economics and the Environment - 2281ENV

  • Applied Data Science - 2291ENV

  • Electromagnetism and Optics - 2301NSC

  • Modern Physics Laboratory - 2302NSC

  • Rivers and Catchments - 2304ENV

  • Statistical and Solid State II - 2304NSC (not offered from 2021)

  • Analytical and Statistical Mechanics - 2307ESC

  • Marine Megafauna: Sentinels of the Sea - 2305ENV

  • Quantum Mechanics, Relativity and Elementary Particles - 2305NSC

  • Environmental Anthropology - 2416ENV

  • Coastal Environments - 2804ENV

  • Marine Chemical Ecology and Biotechnology - 2803ENV

  • Ecotox and Impact Assessment - 2212ENV (offered online)

  • Molecular Cell Biology - 3001NSC (Nathan)


  • Macromolecular and Cellular Biochemistry - 3016MSC (Gold Coast)

  • Immunology - 3004MSC

  • Clinical Biochemistry - 3012MSC (offered at Gold Coast)

  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratory - 3009NSC (offered at Nathan)

  • Clinical Microbiology - 3006MSC

  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratory - 3009NSC

  • Clinical Biochemistry - 3012MSC


  • Infectious Disease - 3013MSC

  • Advanced Physiology - 3014NSC

  • Microbiology Laboratory - 3018NSC

  • Techniques in Molecular Microbiology - 3020NSC

  • Molecular Medicine - 3022MSC

  • Griffith Innovation Challenge - 2034IBA

  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3102NSC (Nathan)


  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3202ENV (Gold Coast)

  • NMR and Structural Chemistry - 3103NSC (Nathan) (not offered from 2021)

  • Natural Products and NMR - 3225ENV

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry - 3105NSC

  • Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment - 3119MED

  • Aquatic Chemistry and Pollution - 3201ENV (Gold Coast)


  • Water Pollution Chemistry - 3431ENV (Nathan)

  • Advanced Differential Equations and Modelling - 3201NSC

  • Biological Mathematics - 3202NSC

  • Complex Analysis and Applications - 3203NSC

  • Advanced Numerical Methods - 3204NSC

  • Quantitative Ecology - 3241ENV (not offered from 2021)

  • Quantum Physics III - 3301NSC

  • Physics of Solids and Nanoscale Structures - 3303NSC

  • Physics Laboratory III - 3304NSC

  • Environmental Management - 3306ENV

  • Environmental and Social Futures - 3307ENV

  • Emerging Topics in Conservation - 3308ENV

  • Marine Conservation and Resource Management - 3332ENV

  • Land Degradation and Catchment Management - 3441ENV

  • Conservation Biology - 3606ENV

  • Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry - 3701ENV (Not offered from 2021)

  • Estuarine Ecology - 3801ENV

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With combined qualifications in arts and science, you will find broad employment opportunities across the science and technology, commercial and public sectors.

Communication and Journalism: Employment opportunities include social media coordinator, community and stakeholder engagement officer, digital marketing specialist, communications officer, events manager, social media manager, public relations consultant, public relations professional, strategic communications specialist, media liaison officer, campaign manager, media analyst, promotions officer, copywriter, journalist, reporter, producer, researcher, editor freelance writer, corporate promotions and communications.

Science: Depending on your Science major, you will be prepared for work in environment-related jobs, for example as an environment consultant, environmental scientist or mine environment officer; in biological, chemical and clinical sciences as a microbiologist, pharmaceutical scientist, biochemist, chemist or biotechnologist; in physics and maths as a mathematician or physicist; or, with further study, in a broader role, for example as a patents officer or science teacher. You may also choose to undertake a fourth-year research Honours degree that can lead to a PhD and a career in research.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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