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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture)

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Overview

Whether you'd like to join the forefront of agricultural research or improve food security to make the planet a better place, a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture) will give you highly sought-after skills for a huge range of careers.

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture) bring you into the multidisciplinary world of agriculture, as you examine how living systems interact with their economic and social dimensions. In this degree, you'll gain knowledge in four key areas: soil science and hydrology; plant production; animal production; and agribusiness.

You'll graduate armed with the skills to embark on a huge range of careers from scientific research, managing production systems, through to agricultural policymaking and agribusiness.

Subject areas

You are required to complete a program in Agriculture including a major in Animal Production, Plant Production, Soil Science and Hydrology. You are also required to choose a second major either from your faculty options below or from our shared pool of majors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll study

In your Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture) you can complete an embedded major in either soil science and hydrology, plant production, or animal production.

You will also need to take a second major from those available in the Bachelor Science or from a shared pool of majors offered in areas across the University Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees. For example, if you have an interest in agribusiness you can complete a second major in business or economics.

In your first year you will gain a broad scientific and economic overview of agriculture in the context of global issues around food, water and climate. You'll also take some science units to give you the scientific foundation for the rest of your degree. Second year provides breadth, then you can specialise in the third year. In fourth year, you'll complete a research project, a professional development unit, and an advanced coursework unit in your chosen major discipline.

Degree sample: Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture)

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Life and Evolution* Earth, Environment and Society Introduction to Statistical Methods Major 2
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems* Global Challenges: Food, Water and Climate Elective Major 2
1 2 Plant Management in Agro-ecosystems* Soil & Water Applied Statistical Methods Major 2
  2 Plants and Environment* Animal Production Systems OLE Major 2
1 3 Plant Protection* Agroecosystems in Developing Countries, or Environmental GIS, or Production Horticulture* OLE Major 2
  2 Sustainable Plant Production * Applied Plant function, or Science Interdisciplinary Project* Elective Major 2
1 4 Research Project A Research Project A Adv CW Major 2
  2 Research Project B Research Project B PD Major 2

*Plant Production major units are represented in the above sample plan as an example only. Animal Production and Plant Production majors require different units.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Chemistry and Mathematics.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

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

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including: 

  • agricultural business manager
  • agronomist
  • biotechnologist
  • environment protection manager
  • financial manager
  • horticulturalist
  • marketer of agricultural products
  • plant breeder
  • scientific researcher
  • soil scientist
  • statistician
  • sustainable production manager.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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