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Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

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Campus Waite Campus

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324561

CRICOS 069204G

Want to join the booming agriculture industry? Our Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences degree ranks top 40 in the world and is the best Agricultural Science degree in South Australia.

In fact, there are five jobs available, on average, for every graduate from this degree.

You’ll study at the Waite and Roseworthy campuses, which are recognised as centres of excellence in agricultural science.

You’ll discover the physical, biological, technological and economic bases of modern agricultural systems, and learn to manage diverse agricultural systems and natural resources.

And because we’re co-located with government and industry partners, you’ll be able to use the latest research, innovation and technology.

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  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324561
    2017 CSP ATAR 65.2
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. 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.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed a Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324561

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 069204G
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines 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 Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000

    Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    This degree gives you the highest chance of full-time employment, compared to any other degree in South Australia.

    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
    • agronomy
    • banking and rural finance
    • managing commercial enterprises
    • journalism, communication and marketing
    • research and technical work
    • secondary, tertiary and vocational education.
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    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    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. 

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    Professional Accreditation

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    Potential careers

    Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Scientist, Forensic Science, Laboratory Technician, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Agronomist, Animal Breeding, Livestock Production, Animal Welfare, Manager / Business Management, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Parks Management, Pest Control, Plant Biotechnologist, Plant Breeding, Ecologist, Quarantine Officer, ...

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  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

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    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
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  • Degree Structure

    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 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.

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    Academic Program Rules

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    Areas of Specialisation

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    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1S1

    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells

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    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I

    STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
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    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
    or
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    or
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    AGRIC 1520WT Agricultural Systems IB
    Year 2S1 PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science II AGRIC 2500WT Animal and Plant 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 ANIML SC 2501WT Genes and Inheritance II
    Year 3S1 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 3510WT Agricultural Resource Management III AGRIC 3500WT Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III Approved Level III
    Elective 1 x 3 units
    Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units



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    Assessment

    • Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work
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  • Further Information

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    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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SATAC Introduction

The Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences trains students in the physical, biological, technological and economic bases of modern agricultural systems. The program is designed to demonstrate how scientific and economic principles are applied to manage agricultural systems and the natural resources on which these systems depend. The degree is primarily studied at the University’s Waite campus although education in livestock production and agronomy are based at the Roseworthy campus. Both Waite and Roseworthy campuses are recognised as centres of excellence in agricultural science.

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Degree Structure Content

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 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.

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Please direct enquiries to the Ask Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Graduates are highly sought after for positions in a range of rural industries including consulting in the cropping, horticultural and livestock industries, agribusiness and research as well as related areas in natural resource management.

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Subjects -- metadata

Agricultural, Animals, Conservation, Plants, Environmental, Soils, Vegetation, Horticulture, Science, Agriculture

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Careers -- metadata

Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Scientist, Forensic Science, Laboratory Technician, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Agronomist, Animal Breeding, Livestock Production, Animal Welfare, Manager / Business Management, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Parks Management, Pest Control, Plant Biotechnologist, Plant Breeding, Ecologist, Quarantine Officer, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Environmental Remediation Officer, Environmental Scientist, Revegetation, Farm Management, Field Technician, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Soil Conservation, Soil Scientist, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Grower Liaison Officer, Horticulturalist, Water Resources Engineer, Land Resources and Land Care

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Disciplines -- metadata

Sciences, Agriculture

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Last updated: Thursday, 19 Oct 2017