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Agricultural Science

Agriculture Science

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-AGSCI

Major
Agriculture Science Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

Agricultural Science

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Agriculture is the science and practice of food and fibre production. Australia has the potential to be a leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainable, economical and ethical food production, across domestic and international markets.

The Agricultural Science major is designed to give students an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology required for the production of plants and animals for food and fibre.

The study of agricultural science is multi-disciplinary. It builds from the basics of biology, chemistry and statistics, to the components of agricultural systems – including soil science, crop science, animal science and molecular genetics.

Topics range from overarching issues such as food security, sustainability and climate change, to specifics of crop and animal production and soil health.

During your studies you’ll have opportunities to engage with Curtin-based research centres, which could lead to career options in those areas.

With food production and security being important issues for both developed and emerging economies, careers in agricultural production and development are available throughout the world.

There are also career options in research, extension and service provision to agriculture and horticulture industries.

Why study

  • With food production and security being important issues for both developed and emerging economies, careers in agricultural production and development are available throughout the world
  • Australia has the potential to be a leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainable, economical and ethical food production, across domestic and international markets.

How this course will make you industry ready

The Agricultural Science major is designed to give students an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology required for the production of plants and animals for food and fibre.

During your studies you’ll have opportunities to engage with Curtin-based research centres, which could lead to career options in those areas.

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 management/consultant
  • Agricultural and resource economist
  • Agricultural scientist/technologist
  • Agronomist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Climate scientist
  • Plant breeding
  • Soil scientist

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture and grain marketing
  • Agricultural supply chain logistics
  • Biosecurity
  • Chemical industry
  • Farmer grower groups
  • Food security
  • International agricultural aid
  • Private farming
  • Plant and animal breeding
  • Government agriculture departments

What you'll learn

  • Integrate discipline knowledge and apply the principles of biological and physical sciences to agricultural systems concepts in a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application.
  • Access, evaluate and synthesize relevant information from a range of sources appropriate to the agricultural science discipline, process and make critical judgements on the value of available knowledge to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to agricultural problems.
  • Communicate information concisely, accurately and 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 addressing global problems in agriculture, while understanding international ethical and professional standards and practices in agricultural science.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with professionals from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact the broader profession; value professional and community partnerships through integrating socio-cultural contexts and ethics within agricultural science.
  • Be able to work professionally and ethically as an independent agricultural scientist and collaboratively within teams using effective industry-ready problem solving and decision making skills complying 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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.0

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 : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

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 : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

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 : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

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

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

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-AGSCI
  • Last updated on: October 19, 2021