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Agriculture Science
MJRU-AGRSC

Agriculture Science

Undergraduate major

Get an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology of agriculture.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Agricultural Science Major (BSc Science)
  • Credit
    200
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Why study Agriculture Science at Curtin?

Professional recognition

As a graduate, you’re eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Get the Curtin edge

Engage with Curtin research centres like the Centre for Crop and Disease Management for unique learning and career opportunities.

Outline

Outline

Agriculture is the science and practice of food and fibre production. Australia has the potential to be a leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainable, economical and ethical food production, across domestic and international markets.

The Agriculture Science major is designed to give students an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology required for the production of plants and animals for food and fibre.

The study of agricultural science is multi-disciplinary. It builds from the basics of biology, chemistry and statistics, to 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.

During your studies you’ll have opportunities to engage with Curtin-based research centres, which could lead to career options in those areas.

With food production and security being important issues for both developed and emerging economies, careers in agricultural production and development are available throughout the world.

There are also career options in research, extension and service provision to agriculture and horticulture industries.

How this course will make you industry ready

The Agriculture Science major is designed to give students an industry-ready understanding of the science and technology required for the production of plants and animals for food and fibre.

During your studies you’ll have opportunities to engage with Curtin-based research centres, which could lead to career options in those areas.

Career information

Careers

  • Agricultural management/consultant
  • Agricultural and resource economist
  • Agricultural scientist/technologist
  • Agronomist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Climate scientist
  • Plant breeding
  • Soil scientist

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture and grain marketing
  • Agricultural supply chain logistics
  • Biosecurity
  • Chemical industry
  • Farmer grower groups
  • Food security
  • International agricultural aid
  • Private farming
  • Plant and animal breeding
  • Government agriculture departments

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

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least one of the following: Animal Production System ATAR, Aviation ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, Psychology ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Food Science and Technology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

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