Australia's agricultural industry is a key part of the world's food supply system. Agricultural Science provides the technology and research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food production worldwide.

Introduction

Meeting the global demand for food, fibre and fuel is a key challenge for agriculture in the twenty-first century. By 2050 the world will have to feed and clothe 32% more people than we do now, without irreparable damage to ecosystems. The rapidly growing population, changing climate, and limited land and fresh water resources will impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the demand. Science-based solutions are required to achieve these world-wide goals, and for industry and community development. Agricultural scientists are a profession in high-demand and with high mobility.

A UWA Agricultural Science graduate is armed with the fundamental concepts and skills required for a successful career in agriculture:

  • Cropping and pasture sciences
  • Livestock production
  • Plant nutrition
  • Soil Science
  • Agricultural economics
  • Science communication
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Land management

$5,000 p.a. scholarships (for the duration of the degree) are available for students entering their first year of our Agricultural Science degree - see the Horizon Scholarship web page for details.

Why study Agriculture at UWA?

  • A major in Agricultural Science will provide you with the tools for diverse career options, based on development of your knowledge and skills related to complex demands of agricultural production systems.
  • UWA is ranked first in Australia for Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Our staff are passionate about agriculture, leading research scientists and student-focused lecturers, and have strong links with industry representatives
  • The Institute of Agriculture provides forums that are great platforms for you to network
  • You can join 'Students of Natural and Agricultural Sciences’ or ‘SNAGS’, a Student Society

Our strengths

Agricultural Scientists have a broad range of skills they can adapt to solve local, national and international challenges. UWA has a proud history in:

  • Dryland agriculture
  • Animal science and production
  • Developing stress-tolerant crops and pastures
  • Improving crop water-use efficiency
  • Plant nutrition
  • Understanding and mitigating soil constraints
  • Modelling and statistics
  • Weed and pest science
  • Environmental and economically sustainable practices
  • Plant and animal genetics and breeding

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Course description, features and facilities


Agricultural Science contain a series of units including compulsory (core), optional (complimentary) or elective units to cater for your preferences. Your first year will provide a foundation in biology, data analysis, science and its communication. In your second and third years you will pursue your interests in a range of topics in agricultural science in more detail.

Agricultural Science comprises of a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical and laboratory classes, and independent study. This major also includes field work. You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbook.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in agricultural science, with a field station at Shenton Park and a farm near Pingelly, which aims to be self-supporting, sustainable, carbon-neutral, clean, green and ethical – a best practice farm. On campus we have teaching and research laboratories and fully equipped glasshouse and fully controlled environment facilities.

Teaching in agricultural science is supported by the outstanding research and outreach activities of the Institute of Agriculture (IOA), the Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding (PGB) and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).

Visit the Faculty of Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Sophie Hooper

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have combined Agricultural Science with Accounting to allow for a comprehensive understanding of two vital components in agricultural production. Coming from a farming background in the WA wheat belt caused my interest in the area, in which has further stimulated over my three years at UWA.

Studies in agriculture have enabled me to acquire extensive knowledge of various components, inclusive of soils; plant physiology; and animal production, for a range of farming systems. Over the period of my degree I have attained work experience within UWA grounds through the Australian Herbicide Resistance Institute (AHRI), in which has provided additional education from another perspective within the industry.

The social aspects of the university were also thoroughly enjoyed, with my involvement in the Faculty society of SNAGS (Students of Natural and Agricultural Sciences) as a committee member.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Graduates with a major in Agricultural Science are eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST).

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Career opportunities

Exciting opportunities await

There is a shortage of agricultural science graduates! Career opportunities are expansive and the skills you learn are transferable to many other fields and areas of study.

Pathways include: agribusiness, agronomy, banking, biotechnology, consultancy, finance, food industry, farmer groups, international development, journalism, landcare, market analysis, market development, teaching, science communication and extension, research, and politics.

Graduates are employed by agrichemical companies, breeding companies, businesses, consulting firms, farmer groups and other community groups, food industries, fertiliser companies, government agencies, international agencies, research organisations, TAFE, colleges and universities.

"Career Harvest" is a website launched by the Australian Council of Deans Of Agriculture to assist with finding professional careers in agriculture.

The Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation offers 16 Horizon Scholarships each year for students passionate about Agriculture ($5000 per year for the duration of your degree). Please note entries close at the end of January.

What a past student is doing

David Cameron - Agronomist

"The units I studied at UWA confirmed to me that I was more interested in plant sciences and extension, as these were the ones I enjoyed the most.

I also recognised that I did not want to pursue a research career after completing my honours project.

Plant Science was my favourite unit, while the Biochemistry and Plant Breeding and Genetics units have proven useful in the field, as they have provided me with the basic understanding and knowledge to work with cultivar developments, especially where GM is concerned.

My job as an agronomist involves specialist skills that are developed through communication and importantly, observation over time - that is, the seasons. There is a great mix of fieldwork when extending information to clients, as well as networking and researching information from researchers and industry. Travelling to other parts of Australia to learn about agricultural practices and technology there is an important part of my professional development.

Agricultural extension is a fulfilling career, as what I do delivers benefits directly to individuals and helps feed the world.

To someone considering taking up a degree in Science at UWA, I would say that before focusing in on a particular field of interest it is best to explore other disciplines."

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Further study opportunities

After completing an Agricultural Science major, you can pursue further studies at Honours level and/or at masters level.

A Master's can be studied either:

  • by Coursework (for example Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Systems, Genetics and Breeding, or Soil Science and Plant Nutrition) or
  • by Research (Thesis and Coursework in, for example, Agricultural Economics or Agricultural Science).

Find out more about the Master of Agricultural Science

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Agricultural Science: the details

Status
Available 2016
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information