Key information

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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

6 years part-time, 5.5 years part-time for TAFE articulated program
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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

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

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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.

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.

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.

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

More about Credit

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.

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

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

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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.

No special arrangements apply

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Agriculture is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Agriculture is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Agriculture online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTAQ
DirectOnlineWagga 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

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

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

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTAQ
DirectOnlineWagga 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

Brett Woods - Bachelor of Agriculture

"CSU has a great reputation for employment after graduation, and great resources for the more scientific subjects. I met with a few lecturers before I enrolled and their attitude towards teaching and agriculture was fantastic."

Brett Woods - Bachelor of Agriculture

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

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
 

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..

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.

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

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.

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 or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking 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.

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.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

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.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

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)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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