Bachelor of Agricultural Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Farm Manager | Agricultural Researcher | Agronomist | Livestock/Animal Production Specialist | Irrigation Specialist | View All

Course Rundown

Help develop innovative new technologies and processes that will shape the future of Australia’s agricultural industry. This Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Charles Sturt University gives you a solid scientific foundation that will help you become part of the wave of innovation changing agricultural practices in Australia around the world.

Current developments in agriculture have opened up new opportunities in the industry. New markets, emerging technologies, sustainability, climate change and globalisation of trade have all contributed to the need for passionate individuals ready to take on the challenges presented by the high global demand for agricultural food and fibre.

The expertise you’ll develop in this course let you apply for a wide variety of roles in the agricultural sector. You could find yourself working alongside farmers, pursuing opportunities in rural industries or consulting with government bodies. With high demand for qualified professionals with a strong grasp of agricultural science, there’s never been a better time to pursue your career goals.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR equivalent of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent; OR
  • A completed AQF Certificate IV or higher level qualification; OR
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; OR
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; OR
  • Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies; AND
  • Standard English Language Proficiency requirements. 

What You’ll Learn

In this agriculture course, subjects you may study include:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Food, Environment and Culture
  • Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
  • Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Agricultural Finance and Business Management
  • Soil Science
  • Extension
  • Production Analysis and Optimisation
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Weed and Pesticide Sciences
  • Chemical Fundamentals
  • Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
  • Botany
  • Invertebrate Pest Management
  • Crop and Pasture Science
  • Crop Agronomy
  • Pastures and Rangelands
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Management
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Integrated Agriculture
  • Agricultural Industry Practicum
  • Honours Research Methods
  • Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Science Honours Project/Dissertation

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Charles Sturt University.

You'll be eligible for membership to the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology as a student and as a graduate, in addition to other professional associations, allowing you to forge connections that will help foster your future career in agriculture.

Curious about where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Charles Sturt University offers upfront payment for this course. Students who meet citizenship and residency requirements may be eligible for Government support, allowing you to defer part or all of your course fees.

Enquire now to find out more about your options.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.