Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) - integrated Honours
Bachelor of Agriculture - exit point

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Global demand for agricultural food and fibre is high and industry needs professionals who are ready to rise to the challenge. With developing opportunities – new markets, emerging technologies, globalisation of trade, climate change, sustainability and others – agriculture has become an increasingly sophisticated industry.

This is where you come in. Australia and the world need passionate people like you, equipped with a solid scientific foundation to develop new ideas and technologies, implement new agricultural practices and devise innovative ways to produce food and fibre. Are you ready to be part of a new wave of agriculture with CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science?

     
             

Key information

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Study mode

On Campus
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Campus locations

Wagga Wagga
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Duration

4 years full-time
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Session availability

Session 1 201730

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

On Campus
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science is science-based and has a focus on practical issues facing farmers, agribusiness and the environment. Choose to study a practical course, where you'll be trained across the major plant and animal disciplines that underpin modern agricultural industries.

Access Australia's best agricultural teaching and research facilities

CSU farms are located in one of Australia's most productive agricultural regions – the Riverina – and feature horticulture, livestock and cropping enterprises, both dryland and irrigated. You'll have access to extensive farming facilities including the most sophisticated underground root growth laboratory in the southern hemisphere. We also offer five state-of-the-art laboratories and modern glasshouse facilities, working models of a full range of irrigation systems for teaching and research, and a 1400 hectare university farm incorporating precision agriculture technologies.

Tailor your study to suit your needs

Study the particular area of agriculture that interests you and graduate with an industry-ready CV at the end of your course. Start the course with foundations in chemistry, botany, microbiology, soil science and animal science before you go on to study concepts in agricultural systems, data analysis, agricultural business and economics. Gain valuable hands-on experience through unique options for long-term placement with an industry partner in fourth year, which provides full immersion in a workplace of your choice.

Benefit from our strong industry connections

Our course was designed with significant input from major employers in the industry. To complement this, CSU undertakes leading research and development, working directly with industry. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and our staff have deep involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues.

Our experience is your success

CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School is made up of around 70 staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture.

Graduates are eligible for membership in a variety of related professional bodies, such as the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.

Students are eligible for the Ag Institute Undergraduate Student membership to the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Graduated students are eligible for membership to the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology as 1st year Graduate Member, then 2nd Year Graduate Member and subsequently as a Full Member

Additionally, students can become members of:

    The Australian Society of Agriculture
    The Australian Weed Society
    The Australian Soil Society

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

AGS400 Agricultural Industry Practicum

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

AGR220 Extension
PSC415 Soil Management
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
PSC271 Crop Agronomy
PSC102 Botany
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
PSC104 Soil Science
PSC371 Plant Pathology
PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
ASC350 Animal Health
PSC202 Crop And Pasture Science
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

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Career opportunities

Agricultural science offers a diverse range of career opportunities where you may work alongside farmers, rural industries or government. You may drive innovations to improve productivity and develop planning and policy to manage forestry.

Rural industry

Explore a range of careers including agronomist, livestock / animal production specialist, farm manager, agricultural merchandise representative, Landcare coordinator / manager, or irrigation specialist.

Government

Put your skills to work as a rural financial supply officer, parks and recreation officer, teacher or advisory and technical consultant.

Research and communication

Immerse yourself in the latest industry developments as an agricultural researcher, journalist, or marketing professional.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

Professional placement pathway

If you choose the professional placement pathway, you'll undertake a four-month industry practical placement, as well as complete coursework. Choose an agricultural company such as a bank, agribusiness company, agronomic consultancy, corporate farm or another agricultural service provider. You'll gain insight and experience into the day-to-day workings of the agricultural industry, which will assist you in making an easy transition from study to full-time employment.

Agricultural research (Honours) pathway

Undertaking the agricultural research (Honours) pathway involves you completing a research project on a topic of interest. Coursework also equips students with valuable research skills, such as experimental design, data interpretation and scientific communication.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science is only available to study online

You can study the Bachelor of Agricultural Science online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214024
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISBB
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSBB

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates

Campus locations listed for distance education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214024
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISBB
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSBB

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Jessica Kirkpatrick – Bachelor of Agricultural Science

“I was attracted to CSU due to its regional location. CSU at Wagga Wagga is in a prime agricultural area meaning we can gain first-hand experience with cropping and livestock enterprises and other agribusinesses.”

Jessica Kirkpatrick – Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Core Subjects
AGB110 Agricultural Economics
AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
PSC104 Soil Science

Additional Compulsory Subjects
AGR220 Extension
AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation
AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
PSC102 Botany
PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
PSC271 Crop Agronomy
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
PSC371 Plant Pathology
PSC415 Soil Management
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
ASC273 Animal Nutrition
ASC350 Animal Health
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

4th Year Pass Stream Compulsory Subjects
AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (16 points)
AGS400 Agricultural Industry Practicum (32 points)

4th Year Honours Stream Compulsory Subjects
One of:
HRS410 Honours Research Methods
STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
STA404 Statistical Reasoning
Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Research).
And
HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.
Session 8
HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

Restricted Electives
Restricted electives can be chosen from any level 2 or above subjects with codes AGB, AGR, AGS, ASC, PSC, IRR or HRT as well as SCI301 International Experience. Other codes may be allowed if appropriate rationale is provided and accepted by the Courses Director.

Pass stream
Full-time

Session 1
AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
AGB110 Agricultural Economics
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
PSC102 Botany

Session 2
AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
PSC104 Soil Science
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Summer Session
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities*

Session 3
AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation
AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

Session 4
AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
ASC273 Animal Nutrition

Session 5
AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
ASC350 Animal Health
PSC415 Soil Management
ASC261 Animal Reproduction

Session 6
AGR220 Extension
PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
PSC271 Crop Agronomy
PSC371 Plant Pathology

Session 7
AGS400 Agricultural Industry Practicum (commenced) (32 points)
AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (commenced)(16 points)
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 8
AGS400 Agricultural Industry Practicum (completed) (32 points)
AGS401 Integrated Agriculture (completed)(16points)

*Students should undertake IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities PRIOR to undertaking AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture.


Honours Stream - 4th Year
Session 7
One of:
HRS410 Honours Research Methods
STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
STA404 Statistical Reasoning
Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Research).
And
HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.
Session 8
HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

Note: The final class of Honours grade will be based on assessment in the Project/Dissertation subject/s only. The research methods and any elective coursework subjects will not contribute to the honours class.

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taken a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

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Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Apply through UAC if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Apply through VTAC if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Apply direct to CSU if you are a non-school leaver or want to study online.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

7th Jul 2017
2017 Session 3 Applications open

4th Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

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Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

CSU study centres

All applicants should apply direct to CSU study centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

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