Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) will enable you to capitalise on the huge growth in the Australian food and beverage sector, where a skilled and capable workforce is in great demand.

You will study both food science and business in this degree, a unique combination giving you a highly sought after set of skills and knowledge. Discover the scientific and business aspects of supplying affordable, nutritious food to an ever-growing global population, and learn about the production and management of food with a focus on sustainability in the face of environmental challenges and increasing demand.

Agribusiness covers food production, by-products of farming (including fuels derived from farm waste) and post-farmgate aspects of bringing food to consumers including food preservation and storage, food processing and manufacturing, business strategies and finance, food transport and logistics, sales and promotion.

In your first year you will study biology, chemistry and agricultural science, giving you a strong scientific foundation, alongside economics and/or business units. In second year you will continue your science studies with biochemistry, food science and agriculture, along with economics, business and/or commerce units. In third and fourth years you will major in food science and economics or business. Your fourth year will also involve a research project and a professional internship to give you practical industry experience and set you up for a rewarding career.

Throughout the four years of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you will complete a second major as well as studies from a range of disciplines in which you will undertake advanced coursework and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

Course outline

This degree combines studies in food science and business to provide you with the knowledge and skills to build a career in the growing Australian food and beverage sector. This course requires you to complete an embedded Food and Agribusiness Program, including the Food Science Major. Your second major must be chosen from a Table S Business or Economics major, as outlined under the Food and Agribusiness Stream in Table A. You will also complete mathematics degree core units (12 cp), Open Learning Environment Units (12 cp), and electives (12 cp – 24 cp). The fourth year provides ample access to research projects and professional development.

Year 1
  • Degree core: Statistical Methods 6cp
  • Food & Agribusiness core 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp
Year 2
  • Food & Agribusiness core 6cp
  • Food & Agribusiness core 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Minor 6cp
  • Minor 6cp
  • Open Learning Environment units 6cp
  • Open Learning Environment units 6cp
Year 3
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Food Science Major 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp
Year 4
  • Program core 6cp
  • Program core 6cp
  • Program core 6cp
  • Program core 6cp
  • Research Project 6cp
  • Research Project 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp
  • Business Major 6cp

Majors

What is a major?

Students undertake an embedded Food Science major.
Student must also complete a Table S major in Economics, Economic Policy, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Accounting, Banking, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Commercial Law, Finance, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, International Business, Management or Marketing.

Further course information

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The degree will open up many careers to you, including: agribusiness analyst, agricultural scientist, biosecurity researcher, commodities trader, policymaker, food marketer, food chemistry analyst, investment banker, journalist, plant geneticist, soil scientist.

Further study

Our flagship postgraduate coursework program in the Master of Agriculture and Environment offers you the opportunity to undertake specialised study in the fields of agribusiness, agricultural economics, agricultural technologies, natural resource management, resource economics, sustainable agriculture, forest systems or sustainable horticulture [http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/coursework_degrees/master_of_agriculture.shtml].

Our research facilities includes the Plant Breeding Institute, the Precision Agriculture Laboratory, the Pulsford Laboratory (specialising in nitrogen fixation) and the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food. We invite outstanding and suitably qualified graduates to join our current research projects in the degrees of Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met (where these are not demonstrated) by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule, the Coursework Policy, and Faculty Resolutions.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page. Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC. For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

2 Unit HSC Mathematics, Chemistry.

International students

How to apply

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