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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) - integrated Honours
Bachelor of Agriculture - exit point

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CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science aims to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience they require to be assets in the agricultural industries.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science is science-based, but focuses on the practical issues facing agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the environment. It provides training in the major disciplines that underpin our modern agricultural industries.

    The course reflects the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences' emphasis and commitment to new agriculture, providing students with a variety of study options that maximise their potential and career.

    The foundation in science gained will be drawn upon to build an understanding of management and integration of agricultural issues and allows you to develop a strong foundation in agricultural science and related disciplines.

    The course offers flexible pathway options. At the end of third year, students can choose to graduate with a Bachelor of Agriculture or go on to fourth year to complete the Bachelor of Agricultural Science, choosing either a professional placement pathway or agricultural research (Honours) pathway.

    What will I learn?

    Year one provides a strong foundation in the basic sciences and their importance in agriculture with all students studying chemistry, botany, microbiology, soil science and animal physiology. Students are also introduced to basic concepts in agricultural systems, data analysis, agricultural business and economics.

    Year two extends your studies in the agricultural sciences with even more agricultural application of the knowledge gained. Topics studied include crop and pasture science, pasture agronomy, animal nutrition and agribusiness. Students also learn essential skills in communication, in various forms, essential for all professions regardless of career path.

    Year three studies take on a management focus within agricultural disciplines. Management of plant pests and diseases, crop production, soil fertility and grazing animals are key focuses.

    In year four, students choose between the professional placement pathway or agricultural research (Honours) pathway. and has been designed for those wishing to undertake a career as a professional agriculturalist whilst the agricultural research (Honours) pathway is for those wishing to pursue a career in agricultural research.

    Professional placement pathway

    If you choose the professional placement pathway you will undertake a four-month industry practicum as well as complete coursework. You may choose an agricultural company such as a bank, agribusiness company, agronomic consultancy, corporate farm or other agricultural service provider. During this year you will gain insight and experience into the day to day workings of agricultural industry, which will assist you in making an easy transition from study to full-time employment. You will also have the advantage of being highly sought after by employers who will be looking for graduates with the practical experience to allow them to hit the ground running.

    Agricultural research (Honours) pathway

    Undertaking the agricultural research (Honours) pathway involves completion of a research project on a topic of interest to the student. Coursework conducted also equips students with valuable research skills such as experimental design and data interpretation, scientific communication, and literature inquiry and review.

    Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science has been developed in consultation with many of Australia's major agricultural companies to ensure that students  gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to fill professional vacancies in the industry.

    CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus is co-located with the NSW government's Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute and the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science benefits from this close association with industry incorporating the latest industry knowledge and cutting edge technology.

    Graduates are eligible for membership in a variety of related professional bodies, such as the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.

    Learning facilities

    CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is located in the heart of agriculture in some of the most productive regions of south-eastern Australia. As well as the rich resources in the region, students undertaking this course have access to some of Australia's best agricultural teaching and research facilities for practical experience, including:

    • extensive and diverse farming facilities on a 1300ha university farm incorporating precision agriculture technologies
    • the most sophisticated underground root growth laboratory (drainage lysimeter) in the southern hemisphere
    • access to a range of mixed farms and agricultural research institutions
    • five state-of-the-art laboratories and modern glasshouse facilities
    • access to the university sheep and cattle herds and animal handling facilities.
    • extensive computer facilities
    • working models of a full range of irrigation systems for teaching and research (linear move, overhead sprinklers, drip irrigation systems, furrows, beds, flood and paddy)
    • strong links with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute located on campus.

  • Career opportunities

    Agriculture is facing many new challenges and demands. The agricultural industry is now a very different industry from that of the past. The industry needs skilled professionals with new ideas, new ways of learning and new ways of producing. Graduates need to be well trained, skilled, knowledgeable, dynamic thinkers, who are confident and job ready. It is our aim at CSU to produce graduates with these qualities - graduates who can meet the challenges faced, who can make a difference in the industry and who can help feed the world with new agriculture. 

    Career prospects in this new agricultural industry are excellent. There is a massive shortage of skilled professionals in a wide range of positions. You will possess the qualifications and skills most desired by industry and as a graduate of CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science, you will be in high demand with a good range of job prospects available to you.

    Graduates find careers as:

    • agronomists
    • livestock/animal production specialists
    • farm managers
    • agricultural merchandise representatives
    • agricultural researchers
    • Landcare coordinatorss/managers
    • advisory and technical consultants
    • teachers
    • journalists
    • irrigation specialists
    • marketing professionals
    • rural financial supply officers
    • parks and recreation officers

    You also have the choice of using the degree as a general qualification finding employment in many areas outside science and agriculture.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Common Subjects

    AGB110 Agricultural Economics
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Addtional Compulsory Subjects

    AGR220 Extension
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    PSC102 Botany
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC415 Soil Management
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC370 Ruminant Production
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    SCI301 International Experience

    4th Year Pass Stream Compulsory Subjects

    AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (16 points)
    AGS400 Practicum (32 points)

    4th Year Honours Stream Compulsory Subjects

    AGR402 Readings in Science and Agriculture
    AGR501 Special Topics
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    HRS408 Science/Honours Project Dissertation
    HRS424 Science/Honours Project Dissertation (24 points)
    STA404 Statistical Reasoning

    Restricted Electives

    Restricted electives can be chosen from any level 2 or above subjects with codes AGB, AGR, AGS, ASC, PSC, IRR or HRT as well as SCI301 International Experience. Other codes may be allowed if appropriate rationale is provided and accepted by the Courses Director.
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Common stream

    Full-time

    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    PSC102 Botany

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    PSC104 Soil Science
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Session 3
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

    Session 4
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition

    Session 5
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    AGR220 Extension
    PSC415 Soil Management
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction

    Session 6
    ASC370 Ruminant Production
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC371 Plant Pathology

    Pass Stream - 4th Yr

    Session 7
    AGS400 Practicum (commenced) (32 points)
    AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (commenced)(16 points)

    Session 8
    AGS400 Practicum (completed) (32 points)
    AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (completed)(16points)
    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Honours Stream - 4th Yr

    Session 7
    STA404 Statistical Reasoning
    HRS408 Science/Honours Project Dissertation
    AGR402 Readings in Science and Agriculture
    AGR501 Special Topics

    Session 8
    HRS424 Science/Honours Project Dissertation (24 points)
    AGR502 Special Topics 2

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    AGR220 Extension
    PSC415 Soil Management
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    PSC102 Botany
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    PSC202 Crop And Pasture Science
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Q Fever immunisation

    Students entering this course must be immunised against Q Fever. You will be required to provide evidence of immunisation by 31 March in the first year of study.

    Assumed knowledge is NSW HSC or equivalent 2 unit Mathematics and 2 unit Chemistry.

    Whilst there are no HSC subjects specified as prerequisites for admission to the course, confidence and proficiency in an HSC mathematics subject is important, and previous study of chemistry is advantageous.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8952*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3550*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISBB
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214024
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSBB

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    068869G (Wagga Wagga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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