Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

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

Science in Agriculture

Year 1

Year 1 will have the following 48 credit point structure:
GEOS1001
Earth, Environment and Society
6    N GEOS1901 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001
Semester 1
or
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced
6    A (ATAR 90 or above) or equivalent
N GEOS1001 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1006
Life and Evolution
6    A HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1996
Semester 1
or
BIOL1906
Life and Evolution (Advanced)
6    A 85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent.
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1996

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
or
BIOL1996
Life and Evolution (SSP)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1993 or BIOL1998

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CHEM1011
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A
6    A There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study but students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February).
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991


Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February, and online year-round, see https://sydney.edu.au/students/bridging-courses.html).
Semester 1
or
CHEM1111
Chemistry 1A
6    A Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) and HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry and Mathematics Bridging Courses (offered in February)
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991


Students who have not completed secondary school chemistry are strongly advised to instead complete Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A in the first semester of the calendar year (unless you require 12 credit points of Chemistry and are commencing in semester 2). You should also take the Chemistry Bridging Course in advance (offered in February, and online year-round https://sydney.edu.au/students/bridging-courses.html).
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
CHEM1911
Chemistry 1A (Advanced)
6    A 80 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
or
CHEM1991
Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
ENVX1002
Introduction to Statistical Methods
6    N ENVX1001 or MATH1005 or MATH1905 or MATH1015 or MATH1115 or DATA1001 or DATA1901 or BUSS1020 or STAT1021 or ECMT1010


Available as a degree core unit only in the Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, and Food and Agribusiness, and Taronga Wildlife Conservation streams
Semester 1
ENVI1003
Global Challenges: Food, Water, Climate
6    N AGEN1002
Semester 2
ECON1040
Principles of Economics
6    N AGEC1006 or ECON1001 or BUSS1040
Semester 1
BIOL1007
From Molecules to Ecosystems
6    A HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).
N BIOL1907 or BIOL1997
Semester 2
or
BIOL1907
From Molecules to Ecosystems (Advanced)
6    A 85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1007 or BIOL1997

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
or
BIOL1997
From Molecules to Ecosystems (SSP)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1007 or BIOL1907

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
CHEM1012
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1XX1
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
Semester 2
or
CHEM1112
Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1011 or CHEM1001)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
CHEM1912
Chemistry 1B (Advanced)
6    P CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1111 or CHEM1101) or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1992


Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Advanced units in the opposite order.
Semester 2
or
CHEM1992
Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)
6    P 75 or above in CHEM1991 or CHEM1903 or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912


Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study. Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Special Studies Program units in the opposite order.
Semester 2

Year 2

Year 2 will have the following 48 credit point structure:
ENVX2001
Applied Statistical Methods
6    P [6cp from (ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or BIOM1003 or MATH1011 or MATH1015 or DATA1001 or DATA1901)] OR [3cp from (MATH1XX1 or MATH1906 or MATH1XX3 or MATH1907) and an additional 3cp from (MATH1XX5)]


Available as a degree core unit only in the Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, Food and Agribusiness and Taronga Wildlife Conservation streams
Semester 2
MICR2031
Microbiology
6    A Fundamental concepts of microorganisms, biomolecules and ecosystems; CHEM1XX1
N MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024 or MICR2931
Semester 1
or
MICR2931
Microbiology (Advanced)
6    A Fundamental concepts of microorganisms, biomolecules and ecosystems; CHEM1XX1
P A mark of 70 or above in 6cp from (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX)
N MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024 or MICR2031
Semester 1
SOIL2005
Soil and Water: Earth's Life Support Systems
6    N SOIL2003 or LWSC2002
Semester 1
AVBS1002
Concepts of Animal Management
6    A AGEN1004 or BIOL1XXX or AVBS1003
N AGEN2006
Semester 2
BIOL2030
Botany
6    A Knowledge of concepts and skills in BIOL1XX6.
N BIOL2023 or BIOL2923 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901 or PLNT2002 or PLNT2902 or PLNT2003 or PLNT2903 or BIOL2930
Semester 1
BIOL2031
Plants and Environment
6    A Knowledge of concepts and skills in BIOL1XX6.
N AGEN2005 or BIOL3043 or BIOL3943 or BIOL2931
Semester 2
or
BIOL2931
Plants and Environment (Advanced)

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    A Knowledge of concepts and skills in BIOL1XX6.
P Annual average mark of at least 70 in previous year
N AGEN2005 or BIOL3043 or BIOL3943 or BIOL2031
Semester 2
BIOL2033
Entomology
6    N ENTO2001
Semester 2
GEGE2001
Genetics and Genomics
6    A Mendelian genetics; mechanisms of evolution; molecular and chromosomal bases of inheritance; and gene regulation and expression.
N GENE2002 or MBLG2972 or GEGE2901 or MBLG2072
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
GEGE2901
Genetics and Genomics (Advanced)
6    A Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of evolution, molecular and chromosomal bases of inheritance, and gene regulation and expression.
P Annual average mark of at least 70
N GENE2002 or MBLG2072 or GEGE2001 or MBLG2972
Semester 1
Semester 2
GEGE2X01 is intended to be taken in semester 2

Year 3

Year 3 will have the following structure: a core (24 credit points) of
FOOD3002
Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods
6    A Equivalent to 1st-year Biology plus 2nd-year chemistry/biochemistry: -biology, chemistry, biochemistry -Carbohydrates, proteins (including enzymes), lipids -Principles of cellular metabolism
P Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
N AGCH3025 or AFNR5102 or AGCH3024
Semester 1
BIOL3019
Plant Protection
6    P 6cp of BIOL2X23 or BIOL2X30 or BIOL2X31 or AGEN2001 or AGEN2005
N PPAT3003
Semester 1
AGRI2001
Plant Management in Agroecosystems
6    A Understanding of experimental design and analysis including dependent and independent variables, random and representative sampling, t-tests a simple designs and interpretation of univariate analysis.
N AGRO3004
Semester 1
SOIL3888
Protecting the Soil Resource
6    P 12cp from (GEOS2X16 or SOIL2005 or ENSC2001 or BIOL2032 or BIOL2X31)
N SOIL2004
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
ANSC3102
Animal Reproduction
6    A A background in animal anatomy and physiology
P AVBS1002 and AVBS2XXX
Semester 1
AVBS2007
Animal Structure and Function
6    P 6cp from BIOL1XXX
N ANSC3103 or ANSC3104
Semester 1
AREC2005
Concepts in Enviro and Agricultural Economics
6    P (ECON1001 or BUSS1040 or ECON1040 or AGEC1006) and (ECON1002 or ECON1003 or ECON1005 or ECON1006 or ECMT1010 or BUSS1020 or GEOS1001 or AGEN1001 or ENVX1002)
N AREC2003 or RSEC2031
Semester 2
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002) and 6cp from (MBLG2X71 or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
Special Permission required for enrolment
or
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 or above in (GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X72 or GENE2002) and a mark of 75 or above in (MBLG2X71 or BIOL2XXX or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3018
Semester 1
Special Permission required for enrolment
ECMT2150
Intermediate Econometrics
6    P (ECMT1010 or MATH1905 or MATH1005 or MATH1015 or DATA1001 or DATA1901 or ENVX1002) and (ECMT1020 or MATH1002 or MATH1902 or DATA1002 or DATA1903) or (BUSS1020)
N ECMT2110 or ECMT2950
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVX3002
Statistics in the Natural Sciences
6    P ENVX2001 or STAT2X12 or BIOL2X22 or DATA2X02 or QBIO2001
Semester 1
HORT3005
Production Horticulture
6    P 72cp of 1000-3000 level units
Semester 1
ENSC2001
Environmental Monitoring
6    A Understanding of scientific principles and concepts including biodiversity, human impacts on the environment, properties of substances (e.g., acidity, alkalinity, solvents) and basic knowledge of statistics.
N AGCH3033
Semester 1
AVBS2004
Animal Nutrition
6    P BIOL1XX7 or AVBS1002
N ANSC3101


Access afterhours to IBM-PC compatible computers that have Microsoft Windows XP or later are advisable. Most of the diet formulation software are Windows Compatible only.
Semester 2
AREC3007
Benefit-Cost Analysis
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or AREC2005 or AREC2003
N (AREC2004 and RSEC4131)
Semester 2
AREC3006
Agricultural Production Economics
6    P AREC2005 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or AREC2003
N AREC2001 or AREC3001
Semester 1
ENVX3001
Environmental GIS
6    P 6cp from (ENVI1003 or AGEN1002) or 6cp from GEOS1XXX or 6cp from BIOL1XXX or GEOS2X11
Semester 2

Year 4^

Year 4 students will complete:
AFNR4101
Research Project A
12    P 144 credit points of level 1000-3000 units of study
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR4001
Professional Development
6    N AGRF4000

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
AFNR4102
Research Project B
12    P AFNR4101
Semester 1
Semester 2
Year 4 students will complete one specialisation comprising up to two 6cp units of study (from Table E) and up to two elective unit from Table D, E or F.
^ 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 Specialisations

Agricultural Chemistry

ENSC2001
Environmental Monitoring
6    A Understanding of scientific principles and concepts including biodiversity, human impacts on the environment, properties of substances (e.g., acidity, alkalinity, solvents) and basic knowledge of statistics.
N AGCH3033
Semester 1

Agricultural Economics

AREC3001
Production Modelling and Management

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3002
Agricultural Markets
6    P AREC2005 or AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3006
Agricultural Production Economics
6    P AREC2005 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or AREC2003
N AREC2001 or AREC3001
Semester 1

Agricultural Genetics

GENE4012
Plant Breeding
6    P GENE2001 or GENE2002 or GEGE2X01
Semester 2
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002) and 6cp from (MBLG2X71 or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 or above in (GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X72 or GENE2002) and a mark of 75 or above in (MBLG2X71 or BIOL2XXX or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3018
Semester 1

Agronomy

AGRO4003
Crop and Pasture Agronomy
6      Semester 1
AGRO4004
Sustainable Farming Systems
6      Semester 1

Animal Production

AVBS3010
Livestock Production Systems
6    A Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling.
P 12 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or ANSC3101 or BIOL2XXX or FOOD2000 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2001 or GENE2002 or ITLS2000)
N AGRO4005


This unit requires three days of practicals at the Camden campus and field trip to commercial farms .
Semester 1
AGRO4006
New and Emerging Tech in Animal Science
6    P 6cp from BIOL1XXX
Semester 2

Entomology

BIOL3033
Applied Entomology
6    P 6cp of BIOL2XXX or ENTO2001 or MEDS200X or ANAT2XXX or PHSI2XXX or BMED240X or MIMI2X02 or IMMU2101
N ENTO4003
Semester 2

Environmetrics

ENVX3002
Statistics in the Natural Sciences
6    P ENVX2001 or STAT2X12 or BIOL2X22 or DATA2X02 or QBIO2001
Semester 1
ENVX3001
Environmental GIS
6    P 6cp from (ENVI1003 or AGEN1002) or 6cp from GEOS1XXX or 6cp from BIOL1XXX or GEOS2X11
Semester 2

Food Science

FOOD3001
Food Processing and Value Adding
6    A 6cp of (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6cp of CHEM1XXX
P Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
N AGEN3004


This unit needs to be available as a non-award course so that students seeking admission to the MND have an option to fulfil the 6 cp Food Science prerequisite, if their previous study does not fulfil this requirement already.
Semester 1

Forest Science

BIOL3020
Applied Plant Function
6    A Knowledge of concepts and skills in BIOL1XX6
P BIOL2X23 or BIOL2X30 or BIOL2X31 or AGEN2001 or AGEN2005 or BIOL2X09
N BIOL3043, BIOL3943, AGEN2005, PLNT3001, PLNT3901, PLNT3002, PLNT3902, ENSY3001
Semester 1
BIOL3004
Terrestrial Plant Ecology
6    A Students should have a basic understanding of plant biology, plant ecology and/or plant physiology. Some background knowledge in mathematics and chemistry would be beneficial.
P 6cp of BIOL2X23 or BIOL2X30 or AGEN2001 or GEOS2X21 or AGEN2005 or BIOL2X09
N ENSY3003 or ENSY3002
Semester 2

Horticulture

HORT3005
Production Horticulture
6    P 72cp of 1000-3000 level units
Semester 1

Hydrology

ENVX3003
Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling
6    A SOIL2005 or GEOS2116 or ENVI1003 or GEOS1001 or ENSC2001
P Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
N LWSC3007
Semester 2
ENVX3001
Environmental GIS
6    P 6cp from (ENVI1003 or AGEN1002) or 6cp from GEOS1XXX or 6cp from BIOL1XXX or GEOS2X11
Semester 2

Soil Science

SOIL3009
Contemporary Field and Lab Soil Science
6    P SOIL2003 or SOIL2004 or SOIL2005
Semester 1
SOIL3010
The Soil at Work
6    P SOIL2003 or SOIL2004 or SOIL2005
Semester 2

Table F - Other Year 4 electives

AVBS3009
Aquaculture
6    A Fundamentals of animal husbandry and management; aquatic animal biology.
P 6 credit points from (AVBS1002 or BIOL1XXX or GEOS1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX)
N AVBS4009
Semester 2
AVBS4012
Extensive Animal Industries
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3 or {144 credit points of units of study including a minimum of 12 credit points from [ANSC3106 and (ANSC3888 or AVBS3888 or SCPU3001)]}
Semester 1
VIRO3001
Virology
6    A Fundamental concepts of microorganisms, biomolecules and ecosystems
P [6cp from (BIOL1XX7 or MBLGXXXX) and 6cp from (BCHM2XXX or BCMB2X01 or BIOL2XXX or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002 or IMMU2101 or MEDS2004 or MICR2XXX or MIMI2X02 or PCOL2X0X or PHSI2X0X)] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404]
N VIRO3901


Students are strongly advised to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 or VIRO3902.
Semester 1
AGEN3008
Indigenous Land and Food Knowledge
6   

Students must attend pre-trip briefing session (one day in S1 exam period), field trip (approximately two weeks in mid-year break) and post-trip workshop (one day in S2).
Semester 2
GEGE3004
Applied Genomics
6    A Genetics at 2000 level, Biology at 1000 level, algebra
P 6cp of (GEGE2X01 or QBIO2XXX or DATA2X01 or GENE2XXX or MBLG2X72 or ENVX2001 or DATA2X02)
N ANSC3107


This unit must be taken by all students in the Genetics and Genomics major.
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 48cp of 2000-level or 3000-level units
Semester 2
AVBS3008
Intensive Animal Industries
6    A Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling.
P 12 credit points from (ANSC3101 or AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX or FOOD2000 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2001 or GENE2002 or ITLS2000)
N AVBS4008
Semester 2