Why study the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours)

The Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours) provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent research project within the Agronomy, Horticulture or Livestock and Poultry Science fields under the supervision of an Agronomy, Horticulture or Livestock and Poultry focussed academic staff member. In addition, students will acquire skills in research methodologies, research communication and entrepreneurship which will enable them to continue into a research higher degree or move into a diverse range of employment opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    2418
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    Gatton
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture or Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5; and satisfied any additional requirements set by the Head of School; or

Satisfied the Executive Dean and Head of School that the applicant is qualified to undertake honours based on the applicant's academic records; and subject to completion of additional work if set.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (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 Sustainable Agriculture (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

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.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Agronomy

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.

Horticulture

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.

Livestock and Poultry Science

You will study a range of sciences including animal behaviour, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, health, genetics and reproduction that underpin the effective and humane production of animals for food, fibre and pharmaceuticals.

You will use the latest technologies in disease control, welfare management, animal environment interactions and product quality.

You will also study business principles and gain practical skills in applying these through industry placements to ensure the profitable and sustainable management of livestock & poultry.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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