Agricultural Chemistry


Agricultural chemistry is the study of both chemistry and biochemistry, which are important in environmental production, the processing of raw products into foods, fibre and fuel, and environmental monitoring and remediation. These studies emphasise the relationships between plants, animals and bacteria and their environment. A major in agricultural chemistry will see you studying chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.

For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

Major outline

Students planning a major in agricultural chemistry must complete 12 credit points of junior chemistry.

Students are introduced to basic instrumentation used in the biological and environmental sciences and undertake units of study in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental chemistry.

More specialised study is undertaken at a senior level in biochemistry and/or food chemistry, and rural environmental chemistry.

Land and Water Ecochemistry
The Soil at Work
Medical and Metabolic Biochemistry
Protein Biochemistry
Human Biochemistry
Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Course accreditation

Graduates who hold a major in agricultural chemistry are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Graduate opportunities

After completing a major in agricultural chemistry, you could find employment analysing agricultural and food products to ensure product quality and safety. You may also work in environmental monitoring and remediation. Developing new technologies for the specification and processing of raw products and the protection of our environment is often part of the job.

A background in agricultural and environmental chemistry will allow you to pursue a career in environmental remediation, protection, environmental consultancy, pollution control and bioremediation in both rural and urban environments. You may also be employed in the wine and brewing industries and in cereal chemistry.

Further study for major

Eligible students may apply for admission to an honours year in agricultural chemistry, or postgraduate coursework study in the sciences. Honours graduates are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in one of three active research groups: agricultural and resource economics; agroecosystems; and crop and food systems. University research centres, like the Plant Breeding Institute with campuses at Cobbitty and Narrabri, the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture, the Sydney University Nitrogen Fixation Centre, and the EJ Holtsbaum Agricultural Research Institute, are complemented by Sydney's major involvement in the Grains and Research Development Corporation and several cooperative research centres, all providing excellent opportunities for postgraduate research.

Related subject areas

Agricultural Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Molecular Biology
Soil Science

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