Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (BAgricSci)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program will provide students with skills and knowledge in the physical, biological, technological and economic bases of modern agricultural systems. This program is designed to demonstrate how scientific and economic principles are applied to manage agricultural systems and the natural resources on which these systems depend. The first year develops basic skills in chemistry, biology and statistics as well as offering core courses in soils and agriculture. In the second and third year students study crop science, livestock science, soil science and agribusiness. Some specialisation is possible in the third year. Field trips and excursions are incorporated to expose students to best practice in the industry while practical skills are developed through a professional experience. While the majority of the degree is based at the Waite campus, education in livestock production and the practical component of agronomy is based at the Roseworthy campus.
This program requires a total of twelve weeks (approximately 450 hours) of professional work experience and this should be undertaken during the University vacations and completed by the start of Semester 2 of the third year of the program. Students with relevant professional experience may be exempted.

The Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding agriculture by: 1.1 explaining the role and relevance of agriculture and its related sciences, and agribusiness in society 1.2 understanding the major biophysical, economic, social and policy drivers that underpin agricultural practice and how they contribute to practice change 1.3 understanding how information is adopted and the context within which producers, processors and consumers make decisions.
  2. Knowledge of agriculture by: 2.1 demonstrating knowledge of the core sciences in the context of agriculture 2.2 demonstrating broad generalist knowledge of relevant agricultural production systems and their value chains, with specialist knowledge in at least one area 2.3 demonstrating an appreciation of economics, business and social science as they apply to agriculture.
  3. Critically analyse and address dynamic complex problems in agriculture by: 3.1 identifying contemporary issues and opportunities in agriculture 3.2 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of relevant sources and disciplines 3.3 selecting and applying appropriate and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting data.
  4. Be effective communicators by: 4.1 understanding methods of effective two-way written and verbal communication with different audiences 4.2 communicating with a range of audiences in an agricultural context using a variety of modes.
  5. Be accountable for their own learning and professional work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their specialist area in agriculture 5.4 personally practising ethical conduct.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.


Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

There shall be a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 57 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 15 units
  3. Work based training / extra mural studies

Core Courses