Bachelor of  Agricultural Science

Program code: 2448
QTAC code: 762019
CRICOS code: 0100492




3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Use your scientific, technological and practical expertise to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agricultural practices beyond traditional cropping and animal production.

  • The three-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science program offers a broad range of courses covering biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, land use and the environment, agri-economics, and international agricultural development.
  • Customise your study to suit your goals with a major in Agronomy, Horticulture or Animal Science. Each major provides insight into how to increase output in specific agricultural practices while minimising environmental and social impacts.
  • Learn from world-class academics who have an active research focus and strong industry connections. They’ll teach you how to apply the scientific, technological, managerial, economic and social principles of agriculture to create improved outcomes.
  • Enhance your skills in communication, entrepreneurship and research methodologies to build a strong career foundation. Graduate with a respected qualification or undertake an additional year of independent honours research.

As the world’s population continues to expand, demand is high for agricultural scientists who can find sustainable solutions to the complex challenges of food security, nutritive value and climate change.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Embark on your career with the best skill set available. UQ is consistently Australia’s top institution for agricultural research and is ranked 17th in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Research

    Industry innovators

    UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has close links with QAAFI – a joint initiative between the University and the Queensland Government. QAAFI is an internationally recognised agriculture and food research development institute.

  • Careers

    Double your opportunities

    Improve your employment prospects and broaden your skills and knowledge by combining your Bachelor of Agriculture with an Agribusiness program. See the ‘Program details’ tab.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International field experience

    Gain valuable hands-on experience through industry placements, case studies and fieldwork. You’ll conduct market research and connect with industry professionals, exposing you to workplace practice.

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

The agriculture sector contributes billions of dollars annually to the Australian and international economies.

You’ll find employment in organisations such as:

  • government departments
  • research institutions, including universities and CSIRO
  • agribusinesses, such as agricultural service companies, banks, seed companies, food producers and agricultural consultancies
  • biosecurity, extension and animal production enterprises
  • small- or large-scale organisations involved in production, post-harvest and marketing of horticultural products
  • feed mills, stock equipment manufacturers, and livestock and poultry health companies within allied industries.

Alternatively, you can further your research ambitions by applying for a 12-month honours program.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative facilities

    Learn in world-class facilities at UQ Gatton. The specialist rural campus is home to research greenhouses, a nursery, tissue culture facilities, research laboratories, the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and more than 1000 hectares of farmlands.

  • Employability

    Prepare for your career

    Build your employability while you study and gain insight into possible career paths. Employability and work-integrated learning opportunities tailored to your studies can develop your professional skills and enhance your career prospects.

  • Campus Life

    Laid-back living

    Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Gatton campus community. UQ Gatton’s expansive rural backdrop and close-knit cohort makes for a unique student lifestyle. Get involved with social events and interest groups, or relax at the end of the day at on-campus facilities.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

    Find out more


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Agricultural Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Agricultural Science:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


Agronomy is the study of how the environment and agricultural practices can be managed to control the whole plant growth and crop production cycle. As an agronomist you will utilise a number of scientific disciplines to enhance the production of food, create healthier food, investigate plants as a future energy source and manage the environmental impacts of agriculture. You will combine the study of biological, chemical, ecological and earth sciences or genetics to examine variables such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification and fertility and the control of weeds, insects and other pests to manage the whole plant and crop production cycle.

Animal Science

Animal production is concerned with the science and management of beef and dairy cattle production, poultry, sheep, goats and pig production. In choosing animal science, you will study nutrition and reproduction (of both grazing animals and intensively housed animals), animal health and genetics, animal behaviour, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry and pasture science. Your practical classes will be conducted in some of the best animal teaching and research amenities in the Southern Hemisphere, located on the UQ Gatton campus.


You will study diverse areas including the intensive production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floricultural crops; turf; and the use of plants for recreational and therapeutic benefit, or to enhance the urban landscape. As a horticulturist, you will work to improve plant yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses through the use of scientific techniques in plant breeding, biochemistry, physiology and propagation.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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