Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
Be part of the boom
Agriculture is about understanding the land, animals, crops and community.
For those seeking a career in the industry, our Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is the degree of choice. It is ranked 42nd in the world and is the only Agricultural Science degree in South Australia*.
What will you do?
Our hands-on approach to teaching will set you up to join this booming industry. You will:
- learn how to respond to global food shortages and a changing climate with sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, modern agribusiness and new technology
- practice the latest methods, from adapting genes and cells for new crops to the business of livestock, and explore emerging trends, like vertical farming
- build practical skills through at least 450 hours of internships and real-world learning at our working farm at Roseworthy
- learn about industry-transforming technology, like drones, GPS and crop sensors
- go on field trips across Australia, exploring everything from dryland farming to glasshouse systems
- develop skills in agribusiness that will allow you to work in the business of farming
- access the latest research, innovation and technology through government and industry partners.
Where could it take you?
Within just a few months of finishing, almost 90% of our graduates find full-time employment**. In fact, on average there are four jobs available for every graduate***. You’ll be set to improve primary production outputs in both rural and city locations. You could work as a consultant, conduct sustainability research, advise on government policy or innovate in urban and vertical farming. You might get a job in ag media, connecting farmers to their customers. Perhaps you’ll come up with ways to increase farming efficiency using modern drone technology.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject 2021
**Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (QILT Outcome Results by Program 2018)
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2019 CSP ATAR||68.15|
|2019 CSP IB||24|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||75|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||24|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||62.7|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||82.7|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||97.75|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||68.15|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||85.6|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.65|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Assumed Knowledge||SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)|
|Higher Education Study||You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2019|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||<5||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||70|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||25|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||17|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||25|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||6|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||65%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||4.6|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||74|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1120|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.2|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.67|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||70|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||70|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||339|
|ANU Foundation Studies||64|
|Monash Foundation Year||67.5|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||70|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6.5|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.5|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||56|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||70|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||60%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
|Assumed Knowledge||Chemistry and Mathematics desirable|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,525
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $38,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The proportion of agricultural graduates in full-time employment is 12-15% higher than graduates from other degrees.
In fact, 91% of our Bachelor of Agricultural Science graduates find full-time employment within just a few months of graduation.
You will be highly sought after for positions such as consulting in the livestock and cropping industries, banking and research as well as natural resource management.
You’ll be well-positioned for employment in industries such as:
- advisory and regulatory services
- agricultural and business consulting
- agricultural production
- banking and rural finance
- managing commercial enterprises
- journalism, communication and marketing
- research and technical work
- secondary, tertiary and vocational education.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Unlike many other universities, we offer industry work experience: a total of 12 weeks, or 450 hours. This is done during university vacations.
In your first and third year, you’ll go on numerous field trips and excursions.
You’ll also have the opportunity for field trips to South-East South Australia and Queensland; and even international trips such as China and India.
Vineyard Management, Vineyard Operator, Vineyard Supervisor, Viticulturalist, Viticulture Officer, Livestock Scientist, Merchant Banker, Biosecurity Officer, Farmer, Geospatial Scientist, Agricultural Scientist, Animal Scientist, Microbiologist, Entomologist, Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Agronomist, Animal Breeding, Livestock Production, Animal Welfare, ...
The course is designed to provide broad training in science and agriculture. In the first year students develop basic skills in chemistry, biology and statistics and study core courses in soils and agriculture. In the second and third years students enrol in crop science, livestock science, soil science and agribusiness courses. Some specialisation is possible in the third year.
Field trips and excursions are incorporated into the first and third year of the program to expose students to best-practice in industry. Practical skills are developed through a professional internship(12 weeks or 450 hours) during the second half of the program. Study in the first year of the program is mainly at North Terrace and the second and third years of the program are based at the Waite and Roseworthy campuses.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
|Year 1||S1||STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I||CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
|AGRIC 1510WT Agricultural Systems IA|
|S2||BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms||SOIL&WAT 1000WT Soils and Landscapes I||CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
|AGRIC 1520WT Agricultural Systems IB|
|Year 2||S1||PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science II||AGRIC 2500WT Agricultural Biochemistry II||PLANT SC 2500WT Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II||SOIL&WAT 2500WT Soil and Water Resources II|
|S2||AGRIBUS 2520WT Agribusiness II||AGRIC 2505RW Crop & Pasture Production II||ANIML SC 2503RW Livestock Production Sciences II||AGRIC 2510WT Agricultural Genetics II|
|Year 3||S1||AGRIBUS 3500WT Agricultural Economics & Policy III||AGRIC 3515WT Research Methodology in Agricultural Science III||Approved Level III Elective
1 x 3 units
|Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units|
|S2||AGRIC 3500WT Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III||Approved Level III
Elective 1 x 3 units
|Approved Level III
Elective 1 x 3 units
|Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units|
- Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work
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Last updated: Thursday, 9 Sep 2021