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 ranks top 40 in the world and is the only Agricultural Science degree in South Australia*.
What will you do?
We give you the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in all areas of agriculture. You will:
- discover the physical, biological, technological and economic bases of modern agricultural systems
- go on field trips and excursions from first year
- take classes in agribusiness, crop, livestock and soil sciences
- learn to manage diverse systems and natural resources
- access the latest research, innovation and technology through government and industry partners
- build practical skills through at least 450 hours of internships.
Where could it take you?
Within just a few months of finishing, 91% of our graduates find full time employment**. In fact, on average there are five 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 2017
**Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (QILT Outcome Results by Program 2014-2016)
***Pratley, JE 2012, Professional Agriculture – A Case of Supply and Demand, Australian Farm Institute Occasional Paper
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324561 2018 CSP ATAR 66.9 2018 CSP IB 24 2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 324561
- Higher Education applicants
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.
- 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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
CRICOS 069204G 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 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 Selection Rank (International) 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 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% 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 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 Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70 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
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $9,325
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessThis 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
- 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
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- 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.
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, ...
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe 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.
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
Indicative 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
CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
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, 6 Dec 2018