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About the stream and embedded program

Agriculture is by nature multi-disciplinary and requires breadth of knowledge in four main areas; plant production, animal production, soil science and hydrology, integrated with agribusiness.

The growing demand for efficient food production and the development of new methodologies and technologies, including sensors, robotics and big data analytics, means that the agriculture of the 21st century requires graduates who have the expertise to fully exploit these new and exciting approaches.

In this program students will develop knowledge and skills to explain the role and relevance of agriculture and understand the major scientific, technological and economic drivers that support changes in agricultural practice. Students will develop an understanding of agricultural practice and innovation, strengthened by the ability to generate, manage and analyse agriculturally-derived experimental, temporal and spatial data.

Requirements for completion

The Agriculture stream and program requirements are listed in the Agriculture unit of study table.

Contact and further information


Associate Professor Tina Bell

Example pathways

Students must take a major in either Animal Production, Plant Production, or Soil Science and Hydrology.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Agriculture will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge in agriculture and its related sciences and explain the role and relevance of agriculture and agribusiness in society.
  2. Exhibit a deep and integrated understanding of core scientific concepts and principles within the context of agriculture practice.
  3. Assess the context within which producers, processors and consumers make decisions and the role that current agricultural knowledge plays in these decisions.
  4. Integrate scientific knowledge from agricultural subdisciplines and apply to agricultural practice.
  5. Communicate concepts and findings in agriculture through a range of modes for a variety of purposes and audiences, using evidence-based arguments that are robust to critique.
  6. Evaluate how major biophysical, economic, social and policy drivers underpin agricultural practice and how they can contribute to changes in practice.
  7. Appraise and improve relevant agricultural production systems and their value chains, with specialist knowledge in at least one area.
  8. Investigate and solve authentic problems in agriculture, working professionally and responsibly within diverse, collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.
  9. Evaluate the economic, social and business applications to agricultural operations across diverse cultural and social settings and put these into practice.