Bachelor of Agriculture - CV85
The Bachelor of Agriculture will equip you with the agriculture knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to play important professional roles in improving productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture.
On Campus, Online
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton, Online
No pre-requisites required
Biology and Mathematical Methods
The Bachelor of Agriculture will equip you with the agriculture knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to play important professional roles in improving productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture. The course has an applied focus that will provide you with industry relevant training on a firm scientific basis. A suite of eight core units will provide the strong foundation you will use to acquire understanding of increasingly complex concepts in the context of industry relevant problems. A series of eight discipline units starting in year 2 will help you build your systemic thinking and you will learn about emerging agricultural innovations and current technological advances, culminating in a capstone unit where you reinforce and apply the principles and thinking skills acquired throughout the course to address challenging case studies. Through the professional placement or research project, you will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your degree to an authentic professional work or research environment.
Eight extension units offer great choices to creatively combine your agriculture core knowledge with other disciplines to give you an additional edge as a professional. You will profit from the University's research excellence in agriculture and its focus on regional and industry engagement through the opportunities to learn from leading industry experts, interact with top researchers, hear from experienced practitioners and engagement activities such as summer research projects, conferences attendance, or international activities. The Bachelor of Agriculture course prepares you for the rigours of the real world and ensures you have the skills to make a difference in the context of the emerging opportunities that a highly technical agricultural industry provides.
|Core Units||16||Major Units||None|
Course structureYou are required to complete 16 core units and either an eight-unit major in agribusiness or choose two four-unit minors from either agribusiness, chemistry, environmental monitoring and management, food chemistry and nutrition, liberal studies, or sustainable landscapes.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Innovative course contentYou will experience innovative course content that combines broad agricultural knowledge of livestock and cropping, with relevant technologies and agribusiness. The applied focus of the course will provide you with industry-relevant training on a firm scientific basis.
Your core studies provide you with a well-rounded understanding of crucial agricultural facets including agricultural systems, scientific research, irrigation management, plant science and crop production, livestock production, plant and livestock breeding strategies, crop protection, food industries, agriculture technology and more.
Your core study provides you with a strong foundation to build on as you gain an understanding of increasingly complex concepts in the context of industry-relevant problems. You will learn about emerging agricultural innovations and current technological advances. You will have the flexibility to extend your studies with a major in agribusiness or two four-unit minors in agribusiness, chemistry, environmental monitoring and management, sustainable landscapes, or food chemistry and nutrition. The course is available to study on campus, and online with a combination of delivery approaches for unit content plus block practicums in one of our agriculture locations – Rockhampton, Emerald and Bundaberg.
Throughout your studies, you will complete a professional placement unit that allows you to apply the course content to real-world situations and enhances your understanding of agriculture from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
Local presenceYou will benefit from our local presence in regions that are home to a rich farming and agricultural landscape. Our courses are based in Central Queensland, where there is a diverse range of agricultural activities in livestock and crops such as cattle and sheep, cotton, grains such as wheat and sorghum, sugarcane, nuts, fruits and vegetable produce. Our local connections and reach provide you with practical and relevant experience and a solid understanding of Australia's diverse agricultural sector.
This course offers you the flexibility to study on-campus or online and no matter your choice, you will gain relevant knowledge and a diverse range of practical and modern skills. If you choose to study online, you will be required to attend compulsory residential schools and depending on the unit, these may be held in either Bundaberg, Rockhampton, or Emerald (or a combination of these locations). To help reduce the amount of travel required to attend these, if there are multiple course units with residential schools required in a term of study, your residential schools will be scheduled in a block (back-to-back) which means that you will travel to campus just once in that term. Your residential schools provide you with many opportunities to forge strong networks with your peers, and teaching teams, and make industry connections in regions that offer diverse agricultural settings.
World-class facilitiesAs a student, you will experience world-class facilities at our Central Queensland Innovation Research Precinct (CQIRP) and through the 3200-hectare Belmont Research Station.
Research excellenceYou will benefit from a University that strives for excellence in agricultural research. Our research and teaching in agriculture is recognised among the best in the world, contributing to CQUni being ranked 351-400 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Agriculture and Forestry.
CQUniversity is also rated as conducting world-class research in 22 different research categories, which includes a 'well above world standard' rating in Horticultural Production; and 'above world standard' ratings in Agriculture and Vet Sciences, and Agricultural, Land and Farm Management, as noted in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report.
Our strong focus on research means that you will learn from leading industry experts and experienced practitioners ensuring you graduate with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills.
Home to the Institute of Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity offers an agricultural research program that is a world leader in delivering practical solutions which are bolstering the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the livestock and horticulture sectors.
|Term 1 - 2023||Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2022||Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2023||Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
Online students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools, and depending on the unit, these may be held in either Bundaberg, Rockhampton, or Emerald (or a combination of these locations). To help reduce the amount of travel required to attend these, when multiple course units require a residential school in a term of study, your residential schools will be scheduled as a block (back-to-back), which means that you will travel to campus just once in that term.
|Agribusiness in Depth||8|
|Animal and Plant Biology in Depth||8|
|Food Chemistry and Nutrition||4|
In this minor you will gain knowledge of fundamental management concepts, covering topics in organisational strategy as well as entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups to prepare you for a career in the world of agribusiness. You will also have the option to choose units in fundamental business disciplines such as economics, marketing and quality management.
The study of chemistry will enhance your science based knowledge and professional practice across all aspects of agricultural production. In this minor you will explore fundamental chemistry principles that are central to all sciences from healthcare, biology, environmental science and agriculture. Modern agriculture is highly dependent on scientific techniques and in this minor you will develop skills in analytical science and be introduced to biomaterials. Discover the theoretical concepts of food science, from systems and sustainability and food chemistry to food quality and safety, preservation, additives, fermentation, microorganisms, biotechnology, food packaging, food regulation and labelling.
|Environmental Monitoring and Management Minor|
This minor will develop your skills in readiness for a career in any agricultural or environmental industry such as managing livestock or cropping operations, water systems or mining operations. Gain essential knowledge of natural and impacted landscape features and their management. Discover how erosion control, vegetation surveys, modern techniques of rehabilitation, productive use of degraded land and rehabilitation success criteria are used to return disturbed landscapes into sustainable or productive ecosystems. You will develop an understanding of geographic information systems and skills in making electronic maps and analysing geographic data.
|Food Chemistry and Nutrition Minor|
Agriculture is central to improving food security and nutrition of our communities locally and globally. In this minor you will learn fundamental chemical principles and discover the theoretical concepts of food science, from systems and sustainability and food chemistry to food quality and safety, preservation, additives, fermentation, microorganisms, biotechnology, food packaging, food regulation and labelling. You will also take a look at human nutrition and the role of nutrition in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease across the life span.
|Liberal Studies Minor|
Benefit from the flexibility to choose four units from across all minors offered in the Bachelor of Agriculture. The Course Advice Team will assist you in building your study plan with units at the appropriate AQF level.
|Sustainable Landscapes Minor|
The environment plays a significant role in agriculture from droughts to flooding and in this minor you will become equipped you with the knowledge and skills to influence sustainable practices and find sustainable agricultural solutions.
Build your knowledge and skills to launch your career in the globalised agriculture market and gain crucial business knowledge that will prepare you for the future of agricultural industries. The Agribusiness major will provide a broad range of skills across business disciplines including economics, law, marketing, business finance, and organisational strategy. You will also explore entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups, and gain exposure to investment portfolios.
|Professional Placement or Project||BIOL12050||This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment. Students will undertake either a) an industry placement, or b) a short research project for 120 hours. They will report on their experience in an appropriate format, identifying the nature of the work and activities undertaken. They will also reflect on how the knowledge gained and the skills developed during placement relate to their course of study and their future career.|
The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 66 | ATAR 66.0
Student profileIf you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.
Institute ProfileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
If you are an international student, visit our international student information for more details.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Security RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Health RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Biology and Mathematical Methods
Completion of the Bachelor of Agriculture will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in areas such as:
- agribusiness support sectors such as banking, consultancy, marketing, trading and logistics
- government policy development
- industry analysis
- landcare coordination / management
- production enterprise
Employment opportunities exist within public and private sectors for example in management, consulting and research in cropping, agribusiness, horticulture, landcare, sustainability and livestock management.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$5,496.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?|| You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees. The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1, 3 and/or 4.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
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|Queensland||ONL: 855532; BDG: 819632; EMD: 829632; ROK: 859632|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160721|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150721|
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- Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
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|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
Apply via VTAC
|South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
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- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
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