Bachelor of Agriculture
- CRICOS Code: 037228G
- VTAC Code: 3800446061
- International VTAC Code: 3800446063
What will I study?
Develop a solid foundation in agricultural science by studying a common curriculum, designed in consultation with industry and employers. You’ll complete eight core subjects to gain a broad understanding of agricultural science with studies in biology, natural environments, agricultural production and life sciences.
- Learn about sustainable agriculture and how we can use it to adapt to a changing climate
- Find out how science is applied in the real world and its applications in the agricultural industry
- Understand Australia’s agricultural context locally and globally.
In your second year, you’ll choose a major – a sequence of subjects you complete throughout your degree that indicates you are a specialist in that discipline.
- Agricultural Economics: learn how to analyse and advise on the business management and financial sustainability of agricultural enterprise
- Plant and Soil Science: understand the science of using plants for food, fuel, fibre and land reclamation and to address issues in plant health and sustainable agriculture
- Production Animal Science: prepare for a career in animal health and production, animal welfare or biosecurity. Learn about animal production industries, animal behaviour and disease, and how management strategies can optimise growth and welfare.
You can choose to spend Semester 2 of your second year living and studying at the Dookie campus, where you’ll practice your new skills in a hands-on environment. Get the opportunity to observe a wide variety of farming activities first hand, including cropping, livestock and dairy management, horticulture and viticulture, as well as support industries such as irrigation management, logistics and food processing operations.
Scholarships are available to facilitate the move to Dookie and accommodation costs are low compared to a similar standard of accommodation in the city.
You’ll focus on further developing your specialised major knowledge and work with your peers from other specialisations to prepare for your career. You can choose to spend part of this year based at the Dookie campus.
- Work individually and in small groups with your peers from other majors to apply your range of knowledge in value chain analysis, animal health and nutrition, plant growth or water management, and make improvements relevant to the industry
- Develop your skills in gathering and interpreting evidence, teamwork, and oral and written communication
- Learn how to apply a ‘systems thinking’ approach to problems – considering the complete context of an agricultural enterprise, including relevant scientific, environmental, economic, social and political factors.
Your course plan is based around compulsory core subjects, major subjects that let you specialise in the field that interests you, and elective subjects that supplement your skills, interests and experience.
This degree requires the successful completion of 300 points – with subjects usually worth 12.5 points each. You will complete eight subjects, or 100 points of study, in each year of full-time study
Honours is an optional fourth year of study that gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research. Honours can further prepare you for employment, or a research higher degree.
As a student who stayed away from scientific subjects in school, the subjects in the first year of my Bachelor of Agriculture were ones I never believed I could’ve completed, but the environment at the University of Melbourne encouraged a level of learning I didn’t know I was capable of. The support of teachers and students pushed me to not only pass the subjects but complete them at a higher level.
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