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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture


2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in table of units of study for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. The Dean may approve some variation in units of study required for the degree for exceptionally talented students.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, including:
150 credit points of core units of study; and
In addition, at least 12, and no more than 18 credit points from units designated as Year 4 specialisation units; and
The remaining units from units designated as Year 3 or Year 4 electives.
A maximum of 12 credit points from the year 3 electives (at 2000 level units or higher) may be taken from outside Table D
and 6 credit points from the year 4 electives (at 3000+ level units), may be taken from outside Table D, E and F.
To qualify for the award of international specialisation, a candidate must complete a minimum of 48 credit points in approved units of study for two semesters at an approved university. Once a student has applied for and been accepted for International Exchange, the student may then apply for the International Specialisation. For detailed information on the application procedure, requirements and approved universities, please see the Student Centre.

5 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture is awarded as either Pass or with Honours. Honours are awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class.

6 Weighted average mark (WAM)

The University has a formula for calculating a Weighted Average Mark and this is defined in the University Glossary. WAMs are used by the University as one indicator of performance. For example, WAMs can be used in assessing admission to and award of honours, eligibility for prizes and scholarships, or assessing progression through a course.
For the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment uses a Year 2/3 WAM that includes all 2000 level and 3000 level units of study, except those 3000 level units of study taken to fulfil part of the requirements for Year 4. For the BScAgr, the Year 4 WAM includes all 4000 level units of study as well as any 3000 level unit of study taken to fulfil part of the requirements for Year 4.
The WAM calculations use the following formula:
sum(Wc x Mc)  
where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. The mark used for units with a grade AF is zero. Pass/fail units and credited units from other institutions are not counted. All units carry a weighting of one, except the individual research components of undergraduate degrees, which carry a weighting of two.

7 Award of the degree of Bachelor with Honours

For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
To qualify for the award of honours a student must normally:
have a Year 2/3 WAM of at least 65; and
complete an independent research component as part of the final year of the program with an overall honours mark of at least 65.
The overall honours mark shall be the average of the Year 2/3 WAM and the Year 4 WAM.
Honours is awarded in the following classes:

Level of honours

Overall honours mark

Minimum WAM Years 2/3

First Class

mark >= 75


Second Class, Division 1

70 <= mark < 75


Second Class, Division 2

65 <= mark < 70


Honours not awarded

mark <65


8 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2013 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2013 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2013 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2018. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.