Why study the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable food production has never been more important - with the world population ever increasing, the environmental pressures on our planet have never been greater. The dual four-year program allows you to combine practical business skills with your interests in sustainable agriculture. You will study the scientific and managerial principles required to help commercial farmers sustainably increase their output of food and fibre to feed and clothe the world with the least environmental and social impact.

The Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture component of the dual provides you with the skills and knowledge to help industry tackle some of the big problems facing our planet. The Agribusiness component of the program will prepare you for business management positions in industries which demand graduates who are consumer focused, commercially aware, innovative, internationally orientated and technically competent.

You will learn about marketing, finance and managing people and technology along the agrifood value chain. You will study business courses in accounting, economics, and market research in an agribusiness context.

Students will complete courses at both the St Lucia (Brisbane) and Gatton campuses.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Program structure

The Bachelors of Agribusiness/Sustainable Agriculture is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Agribusiness/Sustainable Agriculture has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

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

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Sustainable Agriculture.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors 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.

More information about the Agronomy Major.

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.

More information about the Horticulture Major.

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.

More information about the Livestock and Poultry Science Major.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

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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