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.



  • 4 positions available for every graduate***
  • 46% of people working in agribusiness live and work in the city^
  • By 2030, 1 in 3 new jobs in agriculture will be technology related^^

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject 2021
**Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (QILT Outcome Results by Program 2018)
***ABC News, 2021
^Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 2017
^^Delivering Ag2030, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Entry Requirements

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.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324561
2021 CSP ATAR 65.6
2021 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 56.35
Median ATAR to receive an offer 81.18
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.6
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 86.25
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
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.
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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324561

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 9.5%
(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)
8 9.5%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
51 60.7%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students 7 8.3%
All students 84 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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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.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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. 

Potential careers

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, ...

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(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.

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences https://calendar.adelaide.edu.au/faculty/sciences

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Year 1 S1

BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
or
BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I

STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
or
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
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

Assessment

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

Testimonial

The University has provided me with a high quality academic experience and a fantastic student experience. I have had access to world-class facilities on all three campuses, spent a semester in Canada and have made lifelong friends.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021