HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
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.
The honours year
Honours in agricultural chemistry aims to provide you with problem-solving and communication skills required by professional chemists in enterprises concerned with agricultural production and processing, foods and beverages, and environmental science.
You will learn to work independently in a laboratory environment; familiarise yourself with the research literature and methodology of biological chemistry; and acquire the necessary training for progression to postgraduate research.
You may engage in projects in areas of current research interest, such as carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism in plants, greenhouse gas production, environmental risk assessment, and residue analysis in foods.
If you are considering honours in this discipline, we recommend that you consult the department as soon as possible after you receive your results in your senior units of study.
Workload and assessment
In the honours year in agricultural chemistry you will complete four 6 credit point (cp) units of study and a 24cp independent research project. The research project component includes oral presentations and a research thesis.
Students who are interested in agricultural chemistry honours should contact the honours coordinator to make preliminary enquiries, and obtain information about potential projects and supervisors.
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