Why study the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)

Go beyond the traditional growing of crops and animal production to take on a diverse and challenging career in Agricultural Science where you will use scientific, technological, management, economic, environmental and social principles to meet the world's need for food and fibres. UQ's Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) offers you a broad range of courses covering topics from economics, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, land use and the environment, and agricultural development in Asia.

During this four year program you will gain an international experience through a 3 week placement in either Indonesia or Thailand where you will focus on the biophysical, economic and social aspects of small scale tropical production systems.

In the final two years you will undertake an independent research project where you will extend your specialization in either animal or plant science and build a successful career in the agricultural industries in research and development, production and management or service industries such as rural finance.


  • Program code
  • 762019
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


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

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

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:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs


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

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

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.

Animal science graduates can find employment as: advisors and managers of animal production enterprises, and allied industries such as feed milling and stock equipment manufacturers and animal health companies; Extension and animal welfare officers; Research scientists with universities, government departments and CSIRO; Biosecurity officers with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service; International advisors and researchers for international development and aid programs.

More information about the Animal Science Major.

Plant Science

When you choose a major in Plant Science you will learn the essential components of crop production systems including plant molecular genetics and breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant soil interactions. The courses are designed for you to develop a broad knowledge of subtropical and tropical agriculture and gain important scientific research skills to allow you to contribute to developing more efficient and less resource-intensive crop production systems.

More information about the Plant Science Major.

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

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