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Bachelor of Agriculture

Bachelor of Agriculture - TAFE articulated program [Wangaratta]

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Agriculture is one of the most invigorating and rapidly changing fields of study in the twenty first century. Never before has demand been so great for skilled professionals to produce food, fibre and fuel to support the world's population.

Since 2010, CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture has been providing education in the major disciplines that underpin modern agricultural industries. Though science-based, the degree focuses on practical issues facing modern agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the environment. Flexible study options allow you to study the Bachelor of Agriculture at your own pace, and gain credit if you already hold a relevant TAFE qualification.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience to be an asset to agricultural industries. The foundation you gain in science will be drawn on to build an understanding of management and integration of agricultural issues.

    CSU's reputation

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences has long been considered a world leader in agricultural education. Our dedicated teaching staff have strong research backgrounds and extensive experience.

    Industry consultation

    Developed in collaboration with industry to ensure that students gain the most contemporary agricultural education, the degree combines current knowledge with the best available technology.

    Practical experience

    During residential schools at the Wagga Wagga Campus, you will build your practical skills, forge connections with academic staff and fellow students, and benefit from CSU's relationships with industry.

    Extensive facilities

    CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is located in some of the most productive regions of south-eastern Australia. You'll have access to some of Australia's best agricultural teaching and research facilities, including:

    • extensive and diverse farming facilities on a 1400ha university farm incorporating precision agriculture technologies
    • the most sophisticated underground root growth laboratory (drainage lysimeter) in the Southern Hemisphere
    • mixed farms and agricultural research institutions
    • modern laboratories and glasshouse facilities
    • university sheep and cattle herds and animal handling facilities
    • extensive computer facilities
    • working models of a full range of irrigation systems
    • strong links with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, located on campus.

    Credit available for GOTAFE articulated programs

    CSU and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) have developed an articulated program that allows students who have successfully completed the GOTAFE Diploma of Agriculture or the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDEA) Diploma of Agriculture to enrol in CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture and receive credit for their previous study.

  • Career opportunities

    Agriculture is a different industry today from that of the past. It is our aim at CSU to produce empowered graduates who can meet the challenges currently faced and help feed the world with new agriculture.

    High demand

    A massive shortage of skilled professionals exists in a range of positions.

    Diverse roles

    Roles include agronomist, livestock/animal production specialist, farm manager, agricultural merchandise representative, Landcare coordinator/manager, advisory and technical consultant, irrigation specialist, rural financial supply officer, parks and recreation officer, and researcher.

    Further study

    CSU also offers a range of popular postgraduate programs in agriculture.

  • Professional recognition

    Students are eligible for undergraduate student membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (the Ag Institute). Graduates are eligible for full membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

  • Credit and pathways

    GOTAFE logo  NCDEA logo

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

    GOTAFE / NCDEA Diploma of Agriculture

    Students who have successfully completed the GOTAFE or NCDEA Diploma of Agriculture may apply for the Bachelor of Agriculture TAFE articulated program. These students will receive credit for the equivalent of four subjects (32 points) towards CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture and will graduate with the Bachelor of Agriculture in 5.5 years of part-time study.

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

    More about Credit

    No special arrangements apply

  • Subjects

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

    Course structure

    Common 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 Pests
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC415 Soil Management
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
    ASC350 Animal Health
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1

    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    PSC102 Botany

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

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

    Year 2

    Session 3
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics

    Session 4
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Year 3

    Session 5
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation

    Session 6
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture

    Year 4

    Session 7
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

    Session 8
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR 200 Principles of Irrigation

    Year 5

    Session 9
    PSC415 Soil Management

    Session 10
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    AGR220 Extension

    Year 6

    Session 11
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    ASC350 Animal Health

    Session 12
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

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


    GOTAFE & NCDEA Articulated Program
    For eligible candidates who are GOTAFE or NCDEA alumni holding the Diploma of Agriculture the completion of the artculation program requires successful completion of hte subjects listed below:

    Year 1

    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    PSC102 Botany

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

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

    Year 2

    Session 3
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics

    Session 4
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Year 3

    Session 5
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation

    Session 6
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture

    Year 4

    Session 7
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

    Session 8
    AGR220 Extension
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR 200 Principles of Irrigation

    Year 5

    Session 9
    PSC415 Soil Management

    Session 10
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

    Year 6

    Session 11
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    ASC350 Animal Health

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

  • Residential schools

    You may be required to attend residential school sessions on the Wagga Wagga Campus. The sessions provide intensive teaching on the practical aspects of the course. Generally, the sessions are of three to five days' duration per subject.


    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    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
    IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
    ASC350 Animal Health
    PSC202 Crop And Pasture Science
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

  • Admission information

    Applicants to the Bachelor of Agriculture - TAFE articulated program should submit supporting documentation as evidence of their prior study, along with their application.

    Completion of a minimum of one year of study in a relevant certificate 4 course or above as accredited against AQF, provided by TAFE or other accredited vocational education provider.

    For school leavers, assumed knowledge is NSW HSC or equivalent 2 unit Mathematics and 2 unit Chemistry.

    Q Fever immunisation

    Students entering this course must be immunised against Q Fever. You will be required to provide evidence of immunisation by 31 March in the first year of study.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSYNNETAG
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTAQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNETAQ

    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

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points,  including all core subjects in the course structure.

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  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The 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 comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following STUDY LINK subjects for this course:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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