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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

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

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Global demand for agricultural food and fibre is high. The demand for professionals to make the most of this opportunity is significant. With major challenges and opportunities: new markets, emerging technologies, globalisation of trade, climate change, sustainability and others, agriculture has become an increasingly sophisticated industry.

This is where you come in. The way ahead is not the way of the past. Australia and the world need people like you with a solid scientific background to develop new ideas and technologies, implement new agricultural practices and come up with new ways of producing food and fibre. We need a ‘new agriculture’ that will take us into the 21st century.

So, are you the type of person who can make the most of the opportunities and meet the challenges? Make a difference to the industry and help feed the world?

Are you looking for the best training to become a skilled, knowledgeable and dynamic thinker who is confident and job ready? CSU is ready for you.

  • Why study this course?

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

    Consider these reasons for choosing this very applied and practical course at CSU:

    • The course was designed with significant input from major employers in the industry. To complement this, CSU does leading research and development working directly with industry.
    • The CSU farms are located in one of Australia’s most productive agricultural regions – the Riverina – and features horticulture, livestock and cropping enterprises, both dryland and irrigated.
    • The course offers the unique option for long-term placement with an industry partner in its fourth year, which provides full immersion in a workplace of your choice.
    • Study the particular area of agriculture that interests you and end up with an industry-ready CV at the end of your course.
    • 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 basic sciences and their importance in agriculture. You will study chemistry, botany, microbiology, soil science and animal science. You are also introduced to basic concepts in agricultural systems, data analysis, agricultural business and economics.

    Year two extends your studies in the sciences with further application of your knowledge to agriculture. Topics studied include crop and pasture science, pasture agronomy, animal nutrition and farm financial management. Students also learn essential skills in communication.

    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, you can choose between the professional placement pathway and agricultural research (Honours) pathway. Professional placement will suit if you want a career as a professional agriculturalist whilst the agricultural research (Honours) pathway suits the inquisitive student wanting to have a deeper look at a specific issue through a year long, self-managed project.

    The 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.

    Professional placement pathway

    If you choose the professional placement pathway, you will undertake a four-month industry practicum as well as complete coursework. 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 the 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 you completing a research project on a topic of interest. Coursework also equips students with valuable research skills, such as experimental design and data interpretation, scientific communication and literature inquiry and review.

    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 1400ha 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
    A diverse range of career opportunities await you. You could work in roles including:

    • agronomist
    • livestock/animal production specialist
    • farm manager
    • agricultural merchandise representative
    • agricultural researcher
    • Landcare coordinators/manager
    • advisory and technical consultant
    • teacher
    • journalist
    • irrigation specialist
    • marketing professional
    • rural financial supply officer
    • parks and recreation officer.
  • Professional recognition
    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.
  • 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 - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • 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

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    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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