Agriculture is the science and practice of food and fibre production. With food production and security being major issues for both developed and emerging economies, the demand for expertise in agricultural production and development is increasing worldwide. Adding to career opportunities in agriculture is Australia's potential to be a leader in developing innovations for sustainable, economical and ethical food production.
In this course you will gain the knowledge and skills of the science and technology required for the production of plants and animals for food and fibre. Because agricultural science is a multidisciplinary field, the course includes the basics of biology, chemistry, statistics, as well as the components of agricultural systems – including soil science, crop science, animal science and molecular genetics.
Topics range from overarching issues such as food security, sustainability and climate change, to specifics of crop and animal production and soil health. You'll be introduced to satellite-based technologies used in precision agriculture for crop, pasture and livestock management systems.
You’ll be also able to engage with Curtin-based research centres, which could lead to research career options.
What jobs can the Agricultural Science lead to?
- Agricultural manager/consultant
- Agricultural and resource economist
- Agricultural scientist/technologist
- Climate scientist
- Plant breeder
- Soil scientist
- Agriculture and precision agriculture
- Agriculture and grain marketing
- Agricultural supply-chain logistics
- Farmer grower groups
- Food security
- International agricultural aid
- Plant and animal breeding
- Chemical industry
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in agricultural science that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of agricultural science, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to agricultural science, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within agricultural science, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in agricultural science using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within agricultural science to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with agricultural science, and how these impact upon the practice of agricultural science, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of agricultural science, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6