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Agricultural Chemistry

Study in the discipline of Agricultural Chemistry is offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. Units of study in this major are available at standard level.

Programme structure and content

Units of study in Agricultural Chemistry for Science students cover aspects of chemistry and biochemistry which are relevant in basic and applied biological sciences including agriculture, the environment and food science. Senior units of study include Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods A and B (AGCH3025 and AGCH3026). These senior units of study introduce students to the applied aspects of food chemistry science or to applied environmental chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the chemistry of both naturally occurring molecules of biological, agricultural and environmental significance (eg in foods and natural fibres), and chemically synthesised (eg insecticides and herbicides).

First year planning for an Agricultural Chemistry major

Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Agricultural Chemistry:
(i) (AGCH3025 and AGCH3026), AND either
(ii) (BCHM3072/3972 and BCHM3082/3982) OR
(iii) 12 credit points of senior Chemistry


BSc students (all streams and combined degrees) are able to undertake an Honours course through the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment in disciplines such as Agricultural Chemistry or Soil Science. To qualify for enrolment in an Honours course, students shall have qualified, or been awarded a Pass degree, from the Faculty of Science or an equivalent degree from another institution. Students from the Faculty of Science wishing to enrol in either of these Honours courses require permission from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment's BSc Honours coordinator.

The Honours year in most degrees is an optional, additional one-year full-time course. Generally, the Honours year consists of coursework (specified units of study), a research project; experimental design and technical instruction, however there may be variations to this, depending on the discipline you choose.

Honours contact

Associate Professor Stephen Cattle
Phone: +61 2 8627 1142

Contact and further information


Phone: + 61 2 8627 1000
Suite 401, Biomedical Building
1 Central Avenue
Australian Technology Park
Eveleigh NSW 2015