Agricultural chemistry is the study of both chemistry and biochemistry which are important in agricultural production, the processing of raw products into foods and beverages, and in environmental monitoring and remediation. These studies emphasise the relationships between plants, animals and bacteria and their environment.
You have the opportunity to study agricultural and environmental chemistry as part of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment website
What do Agricultural Chemists do?
Agricultural chemists are often employed to analyse agricultural and food products to ensure product quality and safety. They 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.
Students who complete the sequence of courses in agricultural chemistry in the Bachelor of Science degree are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
What will you study?
You start your agricultural chemistry studies in second year, after studying first year chemistry. In second year, you will study aspects of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry. You will also be introduced to the basic instrumentation widely used in the environmental and biological sciences. In third year, you will study more specialised material including separate units on rural environmental chemistry and/or food chemistry and biochemistry.
By studying agricultural chemistry at Sydney, you’ll have the advantage of small classes with good contact between staff and students. Another advantage is the wide range of research being undertaken in the discipline.
An Honours year is available and requires a fourth year of study and research. If you are interested in undertaking further research into agricultural chemistry you can undertake a Masters or PhD.