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Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-ADAGS

Major
Agricultural Science Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 95
Credit
800

Outline

Do you want to lead the agricultural industry into the future? In this advanced science course you'll participate in research-led activities and explore global issues such as food security, sustainability and climate change.

Agricultural Science

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound. 

Work experience

Benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities from your first year.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Agricultural scientists are central to the world’s ability to sustainably feed its population. This course offers a flexible and personalised approach to studying the science that underpins agricultural production. It has a strong focus on field trips and practical agricultural experience, with opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects. 

This is a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course, designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship.

You’ll study broadacre cropping and livestock production systems through research-led activities, problem-solving and self-directed experiments using the Curtin field trial area and glasshouse facilities.

Your study will include advanced molecular biology and genetic experiments at Curtin’s new laboratories, and you’ll be introduced to satellite-based technologies used in precision agriculture for crop, pasture and livestock management systems. You’ll engage with leading researchers, such as those in the Curtin-based Centre for Crop Disease Management – Australia’s foremost research group for developing solutions to crop pathogens.

You’ll also work in multidisciplinary teams with students in other advanced science majors, to explore global issues such as food security, sustainability and climate change.

This course has a strong focus on practical agricultural experience and field trips. Throughout your second and third year you’ll have opportunities to source immersive work experience and internships, which can be used for course credit, and participate in field tours in third year in the Western Australian grain belt.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

Globally, skilled agricultural scientists are needed to develop new methods and technologies to produce food sustainably throughout developed and emerging economies. The skills you'll gain in this course are in high demand across agricultural food chain industries, particularly with the increasing demand for food security in a globally competitive environment.

Graduates are highly employable across diverse sectors, including government (for example, CSIRO and state departments of agriculture), farm consultancy, agronomy, research, education, and international agricultural development.

The majors in Curtin’s Advanced Science (Hons) are unique in Western Australia for their combination of discipline focus and options for specialisation. You'll graduate with a distinctive skill set and experience that lays the foundation for a career as a scientist able to work in roles ranging from pure research to translational and entrepreneurial science.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course has a strong focus on practical agricultural experience and field trips. Throughout your second and third year you’ll have opportunities to source immersive work experience and internships.

Graduates from this course will have an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology required for the productive and sustainable use of plants and animals in agricultural production systems.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Career information

Careers

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Consultant

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Food security
  • Government research and development

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, an advanced capacity to apply agricultural systems concepts in a range of theoretical and practical situations, and the ability to contribute new knowledge to the agricultural sciences through research.
  • Critically, logically and rationally analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in agricultural sciences, address them by applying practical and theoretical tools and critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge.
  • Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own findings.
  • Communicate effectively by demonstrating the capacity to listen and respond (using both written and spoken language) to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications.
  • Consider profitability, sustainability and impact on the environment, health and society when using new and established technologies in agribusiness related industries.
  • Engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in agricultural sciences.
  • Participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems in agriculture while understanding international ethical and professional standards in agricultural sciences.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact research in agricultural sciences or the broader profession; value professional and community partnerships through integrating socio cultural contexts and ethics with in agricultural sciences.
  • Be able to work professionally and ethically as an independent agricultural scientist and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of their area of study; comply with appropriate legislation in the field of agricultural science.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing7.0
Speaking7.0
Reading7.0
Listening7.0
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 95 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • Attained an ATAR of 95; or
  • Completed 200 credits over one year, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • Met the prerequisites.

Maths Methods prerequisites can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR or equivalent; or
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus
  • MATH1015 Linear Algebra 1 with a final mark of at least 70; or
  • MATH1016 Calculus 1 or
  • MATH1017 Accelerated Mathematics 1

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

This course is designed for high performing science students. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. If that standard is not reached students will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science) or the Bachelor of Agribusiness.

Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

To apply for this major directly through Curtin, rather than through TISC, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADAGS
  • Last updated on: August 3, 2021