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Bachelor of Agricultural Science

University of Tasmania
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
35,950 AUD
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35,950 AUD
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35,950 AUD
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Program description

Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science is a future-focussed degree that equips graduates to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, and improve practices using scientific research knowledge and skills. Taught by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), a specialist research and teaching institute at the University of Tasmania, your education is at the cutting-edge of agriculture, applying food systems concepts and ideas from around the world.

We offer a true science based agricultural education, delivered by academics who lead Australia and the world in agricultural research and development. This means you graduate with genuine evidence-based investigation and solution focused knowledge and skills that set you apart.

You will study topics that are locally relevant, and globally significant, including natural resource management, agricultural production, supply and value chain analysis, and policy development. Our strong connections to other research, development, extension and education institutions in Australia and around the world, provides unmatched opportunities for you to become globally connected and engage directly with industry.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science provides a sound basis in the physical and biological sciences before you specialise in a broad range of agricultural science disciplines, giving you comprehensive multi-disciplinary knowledge suitable for careers all over the world.

Your studies, assessment tasks and learning experiences will also help to develop additional workplace skills such as evidence-based problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making, effective communication and time management. These skills are in high demand by all employers and will serve you well no matter what industry you join.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory major - Agriculture

  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market
  • Lower Life Forms: Insects and Plant Diseases
  • Soil Formation, Function and Fertility
  • Agricultural Landscape Systems
  • Crop Protection
  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Insect Ecology and Behaviour
  • Plant Pathology

Compulsory reverse major - Agricultural Science

  • Biology of Animals
  • Biology of Plants
  • Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution
  • Data Handling and Statistics 1
  • Crop Production
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Pasture and Animal Science
  • Experimental Design and Analysis for Agri-Food Research
  • Animal Science
  • Horticultural Science

Compulsory minor - Physical and Biological Science

  • Chemistry 1A Hobart
  • Chemistry 1B Hobart
  • Microbiology
  • Crop Physiology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the role and relevance of agriculture and its related sciences in society.
  2. Explain the major drivers that underpin agricultural practice and how they contribute to practice change.
  3. Critically analyse dynamic complex issues in agriculture through integrating well-developed knowledge of:

    1. The core sciences and agricultural disciplines
    2. Relevant agricultural production systems and their value chains

  4. Formulate solutions for complex problems in agriculture by:

    1. Identifying contemporary issues and opportunities in agriculture
    2. Gathering, critically evaluating and synthesising information from a range of relevant sources and disciplines
    3. Selecting and applying appropriate theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation
    4. Collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting data
    5. Working ethically, effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual and team context
    6. Communicating effectively with a range of audiences using a variety of modes

  5. Disseminate a series of research conclusions for a scholarly audience as a practitioner or learner informed by:

    1. Analysis, synthesis and evaluation of data using appropriate methods;
    2. Production of a thesis conforming with discipline research and communication standards

Career opportunities

There is growing demand for skilled Agricultural Science graduates, and the skills and knowledge you graduate with can see you working all over the globe, in both government and private sectors, indoors, outdoors, in the lab and in the field. The degree gives you the opportunity to travel, work and provide innovative solutions to the problems facing agriculture.

Our University allows you to choose specialist studies that can focus your career or prepare you for various roles in this dynamic and global industry, including:


Sustainable farming relies on primary producers receiving the most up to date information possible to enable sustainable and profitable decisions. As an agronomist you would be actively working with industry to ensure Australia’s farming systems remain both economically and environmentally sustainable for future generations.

Agricultural Scientist

Sustainably feeding more people with fewer resources is the enormous challenge facing the world. A career in any area of the agricultural research sector, including soils, pest and disease management, plant and animal genetics, and much more, will place you on the front line of meeting this ongoing challenge.

Food Safety Consultant

It has been estimated that we waste approximately one third of the food we create. Much of this waste is from bacteria or inappropriate storage. A career in the food safety sector will provide you with the skills you need to reduce food waste and the impact of food pathogens.

About this institute

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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