Gain the practical and theoretical skills to help commercial farmers sustainably increase their output through innovative solutions and better use of resources.

  • This program will introduce you to the scientific and practical aspects of the sustainable agriculture industry. You will gain the knowledge and skill to help develop agricultural solutions to some of the issues facing our changing planet.
  • Choose one major from three different options: Agronomy, Horticulture, or Livestock and Poultry Science. Each major is designed to give you insight into how specific agricultural practices and environmental impacts can be better balanced.
  • Apply your knowledge and develop professional skills during an optional 120-hour placement in your third year with a host organisation in either Australia or overseas that has direct links with your chosen plan of study.
  • Learn in world-class facilities at Gatton campus, which is home to a 1054-hectare farm, research greenhouses, nursery and tissue culture facilities, research laboratories, and the Queensland Animal Science Precinct.

Sustainable agriculture enables farmers to increase food and fibre production to feed and clothe our growing planet, while protecting our environment and finding better ways to use resources.

  • Fast Facts

    Join a growing profession

    Deloitte identified agribusiness as one of the "fantastic five" sectors tipped to take over from mining as the key drivers of growth and opportunity within the Australian economy.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant student culture

    Student organisations like the Agribusiness Association, the UQ Plant Science Society, and the Gatton Students' Association provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • Research

    QAAFI links

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

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is one of the top ranked agricultural universities in the world. We ranked #1 in Australia and #19 in the world for agriculture in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.  

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

The agriculture sector contributes billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy. You will find employment in industries such as:

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

  • Students
    "Studying sustainable agriculture at UQ has given me a deeper knowledge and understanding of the different types of systems and technology used in today's farming industry, and how they are constantly changing and evolving." Angus Dalgliesh, Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (current student)
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  • Program code
  • 787409
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


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

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture 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 Sustainable Agriculture. 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 Sustainable Agriculture:

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 Sustainable Agriculture have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture.

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 best managed across the entire plant growth and crop production cycle. As an agronomist you'll use science to enhance the production of food, create healthier food, investigate plants as future energy sources, and manage the environmental effects of agriculture. In the Agronomy major, you'll combine the study of genetics, and biological, chemical, ecological and earth sciences to better understand crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification and fertility, and how to control weeds, insects and other pests. During your studies you will be also mindful of how to sustainably manage these systems.


Horticulturalists work to improve plant yield, quality, nutritional value and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses through their knowledge of plant breeding, biochemistry, physiology and propagation. As a student in the Horticulture major, you'll study diverse areas including the intensive and sustainable production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floricultural crops; turf; and the use of plants for recreational and therapeutic purposes, or to enhance and beautify the urban landscape.

Livestock and Poultry Science

As a student in the Livestock and Poultry Science major, you'll study a range of fields including animal behaviour, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, health, genetics and reproduction. These fields underpin the effective and humane production of animals for food, fibre and pharmaceuticals. You'll also use the latest technologies in disease control, welfare management, animal-environment interactions, and product quality. Throughout, the major emphasises concepts and practices that are used in the sustainable management of animal enterprises in Australia.

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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