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Bachelor of Agriculture

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Bachelor of Agriculture, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points as specified in the course structure.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture provides graduates with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills in agriculture required to operate in our modern agricultural industries.

CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture is science-based, but focuses on the practical issues facing agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the environment. It provides training in the major disciplines that underpin our modern agricultural industries.

The course reflects the University's commitment to new agriculture, providing students with a variety of study options that maximise their potential and career.

The foundation in science gained will be drawn upon to build an understanding of management and integration of agricultural issues and allows you to gain a strong foundation in agricultural science and related disciplines.

CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences has long been considered a world leader in agricultural education and is located in one of the most productive regions in south-eastern Australia.

What will I learn?

Years one and two provide a strong foundation in the basic sciences and their importance in agriculture with all students studying chemistry, botany, microbiology, soil science and animal physiology. Students are also introduced to basic concepts in agricultural systems, data analysis, agricultural business and economics.

Years three and four extend your studies in the agricultural sciences with even more agricultural application of the knowledge gained. Topics studied include crop and pasture science, pasture agronomy, animal nutrition and agribusiness. Students also learn essential skills in communication, in various forms, essential for all professions regardless of career path.

Years five and six studies take on a management focus within agricultural disciplines. Management of plant pests and diseases, crop production, soil fertility and grazing animals are key focuses.

Your course is recognised by industry

CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure that students are gaining the relevant knowledge and skills required by industry.

CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus is co-located with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute and the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. The Bachelor of Agriculture benefits from these close associations with industry incorporating the latest industry knowledge and cutting edge technology.
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.

Credit

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.

Residential Schools

Students may be required to attend residential school sessions on 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.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Agriculture is facing many new challenges and demands. The agricultural industry is a very different industry from that of the past. The industry needs skilled professionals with new ideas, new ways of learning and new ways of producing. Graduates need to be well trained, skilled, knowledgeable, dynamic thinkers, who are confident and job ready.

It is our aim at CSU to produce graduates with these qualities - graduates who can meet the challenges faced, who can make a difference in the industry and who can help feed the world with new agriculture. 

Career prospects in this new agricultural industry are excellent. There is a massive shortage of skilled professionals in a wide range of positions. Graduates take on careers as:

  • agronomists
  • livestock/animal production specialists
  • farm managers
  • agricultural merchandise representatives
  • agricultural researchers
  • Landcare coordinators/managers
  • advisory and technical consultants
  • teachers
  • journalists
  • irrigation specialists
  • marketing professionals
  • rural financial supply officers
  • parks and recreation officers

Using the degree as a general qualification, students can find employment in many areas outside science and agriculture.

Course structure

Course Structure

The course consists of 24 subjects, 21 core and three restricted elective choices in the final year completed by Distance Education Mode.

Core subjects

AGB110 Agricultural Economics
PSC102 Botany
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
AHT101 Professional Experience in Agriculture and Horticulture
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Scienceand Data Visualisation
PSC104 Soil Science
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
STA201 Statistics
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
AGB233 Agribusiness Management
PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
ASC273 Animal Nutrition
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
AGS200 Agricultural Genetics
AGR220 Extension
PSC415 Soil Management
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
PSC371 Plant Pathology
PSC271 Crop Agronomy

Restricted Electives

ASC370 Ruminant Production or PSC420 Water Policy and Management
PSC201 Invertebrate Pests or AGB450 Agricultural Decision Analysis
AGB310 Agricultural Marketing or IRR200 Principles of Irrigation

Enrolment pattern

Year 1 Session 1

AHT101 Professional Experience in Agriculture and Horticulture
PSC102 Botany

Session 2

MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Year 2 Session 1

CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
AGB110 Agricultural Economics

Session 2

PSC104 Soil Science
ASC171 nimal Anatomy and Physiology

Year 3 Session 1

STA201 Scientific Statistics
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

Session 2

ASC273 Animal Nutrition
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

Year 4 Session 1

AGB233 Agribusiness Management
PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

Session 2

AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
AGR220 Extension

Year 5 Session 1

PSC415 Soil Management or ASC350 Animal Health
ASC261 Animal Reproduction

Session 2

PSC371 Plant Pathology
PSC271 Crop Agronomy

Year 6 Session 1

AGB310 Agribusiness Marketing or IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation or IRR200 Critical Factors in Irrigation.
AGS200 Agricultural Genetics

Session 2

ASC370 Ruminant Production or PSC420 Water Policy and Management
PSC201 Invertebrate Pests or AGB450 Agribusiness Decision Analysis

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for relevant membership of either the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, the Agribusiness Association of Australia or the Australian Institute of Horticulture.

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

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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