Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Year 1

Year 1 will have the following 48 credit point structure:
AGEN1001
Shaping our Landscapes
6    N AFNR1001
Semester 1
BIOL1001
Concepts in Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1911, BIOL1991
Semester 1
Summer Main
or
BIOL1911
Concepts in Biology (Advanced)
6    P 80+ in HSC 2-unit Biology (or equivalent) or Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit, or an ATAR of 95 or greater
N BIOL1001, BIOL1991.
Semester 1
CHEM1001
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A
6    A There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study, but students who have not undertaken an HSC chemistry course are strongly advised to complete a chemistry bridging course before lectures commence.
N CHEM1101, CHEM1109, CHEM1901, CHEM1903
Semester 1
or
CHEM1101
Chemistry 1A
6    A HSC Chemistry and Mathematics
C Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics
N CHEM1001, CHEM1109, CHEM1901, CHEM1903
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Main
or
CHEM1901
Chemistry 1A (Advanced)
6    P ATAR of at least 95 and HSC Chemistry result in band 5 or 6, or by invitation.
C Recommended concurrent unit of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics
N CHEM1001, CHEM1101, CHEM1109, CHEM1903

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
ENVX1001
Introductory Statistical Methods
6    A 70 or more in HSC Mathematics
N MATH1111, MATH1011, MATH1001, MATH1901, MATH1906, MATH1015, MATH1005, MATH1905, BIOM1003, ECMT1010, BUSS1020, STAT1021, STAT1022
Semester 1
AGEN1002
Sustaining our Landscapes
6    A School Year 12 level knowledge of mathematics, some biology and chemistry.
Semester 2
AGEC1006
Economic Environment of Agriculture
6    A HSC Mathematics
N AGEC1003, AGEC1004
Semester 2
AGEN1004
Applied Biology for Ag and Environment
6    P BIOL1001, CHEM1001
C AGEN1006
N BIOL1002
Semester 2
AGEN1006
Biological Chemistry
6    P CHEM1001 or equivalent content
N CHEM1002
Semester 2

Year 2

Year 2 will have the following 48 credit point structure:
ENVX2001
Applied Statistical Methods
6    P ENVX1001 or BIOM1003 or MATH1011 and MATH1015
Semester 1
GENE2001
Agricultural Genetics 2
6    P At least one of (BIOL1001, BIOL1002, BIOL1101, BIOL1901, BIOL1911)
Semester 1
AGEN2001
Plant Function
6    A Junior level biology and chemistry
P BIOL1001, CHEM1001, CHEM1002 or Units of Study with equivalent content
Semester 1
SOIL2003
Soil Properties and Processes
6      Semester 1
AVBS1002
Concepts of Animal Management
6    P 6 credit points of junior Biology
Semester 2
ENTO2001
Introductory Entomology
6    P 12 credit points of first year biology
N BIOL2017, BIOL2917
Semester 2
MICR2024
Microbes in the Environment
6    P 12 credit points of first year Biology
N MICR2001, MICR2901, MICR2003, MICR2007, MICR2011, MICR2021, MICR2921, MICR2909
Semester 2
AGEN2005
Plant Systems Biology
6    A Junior chemistry and intermediate level biology
P BIOL1001, CHEM1001
Semester 2

Year 3*

Year 3 will have the following structure: a core (24 credit points) of
AGCH3025
Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods
6    P AGCH2004 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971 or BCHM2072 or BCHM2972 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901 or 6 credit points of Intermediate units in Chemistry
Semester 1
PPAT3003
Plant Disease
6    P MICR2024
Semester 1
AGRO3004
Managing Agro-Ecosystems
6    P AFNR1001, AFNR1002, PLNT2003, SOIL2003 and (BIOM2001 or ENVX2001)
Semester 2
SOIL2004
The Soil Resource
6      Semester 2
And 24 credit points from Table D.

Table D - Year 3 Electives

AFNR3001
Agro-ecosystems in Developing Countries
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Agricultural Chemistry
AGCH3033
Environmental Chemistry
6    A SOIL2003, LWSC2002
N CHEM2404
Semester 2
AGCH3400
Agricultural Plant-Microbe Interactions
6    A General microbiology, chemistry, agricultural chemistry or biochemistry
P MICR2024, PLNT2001
Semester 2
Agricultural Economics
AGEC2102
Agribusiness Marketing
6    P AGEC1006 or AGEC1102 or RSEC1031
Semester 1
AGEC2103
Production Economics
6    P ECON1001 or AGEC1006 or (AGEC1003 and AGEC1004) or RESEC1031
N AGEC2003
Semester 1
AGEC2105
Applied Econometric Modelling 1
6    P (ECMT1010 or MATH1905 or MATH1005 or MATH1015) and ECMT1020
N ECMT2110
Semester 1
Department Permission required for enrolment
AGEC3101
Agribusiness Management
6    P AGEC2103 or AGEC2003 or AGEC1006
N AGEC3103, AGEC3001
Semester 2
AGEC3103
Applied Optimisation
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
N AGEC3101
Semester 1
Department Permission required for enrolment
AGEC2101
Market and Price Analysis
6    P AGEC1006 or (AGEC1003 and AGEC1004) or AGEC1002 or AGEC1102 or RSEC1031 or AGEC1031
N AGEC2001
Semester 2
AGEC3102
Agricultural and Resource Policy
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
N AGEC3002
Semester 1
Department Permission required for enrolment
Animal Science
ANSC3102
Animal Reproduction
6    A ANSC3104
Semester 1
ANSC3103
Animal Structure and Function A
6    A AVBS1002
P 12 credit points of junior Biology
Semester 1
ANSC3101
Animal Nutrition 3
6    A Fundamentals of Biochemistry
P AVBS1002, (VETS1032 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901)
C AVBS2001 or MICR2024
Semester 2
ANSC3104
Animal Structure and Function B
6    A AVBS1002
P ANSC3103
Semester 2
Biotechnology
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
Department Permission required for enrolment
or
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics Advanced
6    P Distinction average across (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972) and 6cp from either (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971) or Intermediate BIOL.
N BIOL3018
Semester 1
Department Permission required for enrolment
Hydrology
LWSC2002
Introductory Hydrology
6    A SOIL2003 and [(AFNR1001 and AFNR1002) or ENSY1001 or (AGEN1001 and AGEN1002)] and (BIOM1001 or ENVX1001).
Semester 2
Environmetrics
ENVX3001
Environmental GIS
6    A least 48 credit points in second year agriculture/science units.
Semester 2
ENVX3002
Statistics in the Natural Sciences
6    P ENVX2001 or STAT2012 or STAT2912 or BIOL2022 or BIOL2922
Semester 1
Horticulture
HORT3005
Production Horticulture
6    A AFNR1001 and AFNR1002
P Two of PLNT2001, PLNT2901, PLNT2002, PLNT2902, PLNT2003, PLNT2903
Semester 1
Microbiology
MICR3125
Microbial Ecology
6    A Fundamentals of molecular biology
P MICR2022 or MICR2024
Semester 1
Plant Science
PLNT3001
Plant, Cell and Environment
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology, Plant Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics
N PLNT3901
Semester 2
or
PLNT3901
Plant, Cell and Environment (Advanced)
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology, Plant Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics
N PLNT3001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2

Year 4*^

In semester one Year 4 students will complete:
AFNR4101
Research Project A
12    P 144 credit points of level 1000-3000 units of study
Semester 1
AFNR4001
Professional Development
6    N AGRF4000

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
One core unit from Table E
AFNR4102
Research Project B
12    P AFNR4101
Semester 2
And one core or elective unit from Table D, E or F.
In semester two Year 4 students will complete one specialisation from Table E, including one, two or three core units
And up to two elective unit from Table D, E or F
* Maximum of 2 core units in Year 4 depending on specialisation (see Table E)
^ A student may apply to the degree coordinator for permission to enrol in up to one (6 cp) elective University of Sydney unit of study in year 3 and up to one (6 cp) University of Sydney unit of study in year 4 which is not listed in Tables D or E. The application must (1) be made prior to enrolment in the unit (2) be submitted with a written academic justification for enrolment by the student and (3) be submitted with written approval of the relevant unit of study coordinator.

Table E - Year 4 Core

Agricultural Chemistry
AFNR5107
Principles of Biochemical Analysis
6    N AGCH4007
Semester 1
AGCH3400
Agricultural Plant-Microbe Interactions
6    A General microbiology, chemistry, agricultural chemistry or biochemistry
P MICR2024, PLNT2001
Semester 2
Agricultural Economics
AGEC4104
Industrial Organization of Agribusiness
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
Semester 1
AGEC3102
Agricultural and Resource Policy
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
N AGEC3002
Semester 1
The following unit is NOT offered in 2015, but will be in 2014
AGEC4103
International Agricultural Trade
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
N AGEC4003
Semester 1
Agricultural Genetics
GENE4015
Cytogenetics
6    P (BIOM2001 or ENVX2001) and GENE2001
Semester 2
GENE4012
Plant Breeding
6    P GENE2001, GENE4013
Semester 2
Agronomy
AGRO4003
Crop and Pasture Agronomy
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
AGRO4004
Sustainable Farming Systems
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
Entomology
ENTO4004
Insect Taxonomy and Systematics
6    P ENTO2001 or ENTO2002 or BIOL2017 or BIOL2917 (Note: BIOL2017/BIOL2917 are only for the BSc students who elect to take this unit of study)
Semester 1
ENTO4003
Integrated Pest Management
6    P ENTO2001 or ENTO2002 or BIOL2017 or BIOL2917 (Note: BIOL2017/BIOL2917 are only for BSc students who elect to take this UoS)
Semester 2
Environmetrics
Two of the following four units:
BIOM4003
Matrix Algebra and Linear Models
6    P ENVX3002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOM4004
Advanced Statistical Methods
6    P BIOM4003

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
BIOM4005
Biometrical Methods
6    P ENVX3002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
ENVX4001
GIS, Remote Sensing and Land Management
6    A Recommended units include GEOS2111/GEOS2911 (Natural Hazards: a GIS approach), ENVX3001 (Environmental GIS), SOIL3004 (The Soil Resource), GEOS3014/GEOS3914 (GIS in Coastal Management)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Consent of the unit coordinator required.
Semester 2
Farming Systems
AGEC4104
Industrial Organization of Agribusiness
6    P (AGEC2001 or AGEC2101) and (AGEC2003 or AGEC2103)
Semester 1
AGRO4004
Sustainable Farming Systems
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
Food Science
AFNR5107
Principles of Biochemical Analysis
6    N AGCH4007
Semester 1
AGCH3026
Food Biotechnology
6    P AGCH2004 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971 or BCHM2072 or BCHM2972 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901 or 6 credit points of Intermediate units in Chemistry
Semester 1
Horticulture
HORT4004
Issues in Horticultural Science 4A
6    P HORT3001 or HORT3004
Semester 1
HORT4005
Research and Practice in Hort Science
6    P HORT3005
Semester 2
Livestock Production
AGRO4003
Crop and Pasture Agronomy
6    P AGRO3004
Semester 1
AGRO4005
Livestock Production Systems
6    A ANSC3101
P AGRO3004

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Plant Pathology
PPAT4004
Advanced Mycology and Plant Pathology
6    P PPAT3003
Semester 1
PPAT4005
Soil Biology
6    P MICR2024 or 6cp intermediate microbiology
Semester 1
Soil Science
SOIL3009
Contemporary Field and Lab Soil Science
6    P SOIL2003
Semester 1
SOIL3010
The Soil at Work
6    P SOIL2003 or SOIL2004
Semester 2

Table F - Year 4 electives (not including year 3 electives and year 4 core)

Agricultural Genetics
GENE4013
Molecular Genetics and Breeding
6    P BIOM2001, GENE2001
Semester 1
Animal Science
ANSC3107
Animal Genetics 3
6    P GENE2001 or MBLG2072 or MBLG2972
Semester 2
AVBS4002
Dairy Production and Technology
6    A Enrolled students are expected to have some understanding of key components of the dairy production system, including basic knowledge of animal physiology and nutrition.
P ANSC3101, (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3)
Semester 2
AVBS4008
Intensive Animal Industries
6    P (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3) OR (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3)
Semester 2
AVBS4009
Aquaculture
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3
Semester 1
AVBS4012
Extensive Animal Industries
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3
Semester 1
Plant Pathology/Microbiology
VIRO3001
Virology
6    A MICR2021/2921 or MICR2022/2922
P At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and at least 6 credit points in Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI or PLNT units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807).
N VIRO3901


Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001/3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002/3902 Medical and Applied Virology in Session 2.
Semester 1