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Bachelor of Science (Plant Agricultural Science)

Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Plant Agricultural Science (BSCI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Have an impact on future agricultural practices

Delve into the science behind agricultural plant production with the Bachelor of Science (Plant Agricultural Science). You will explore topics in plant physiology, agronomy, plant microbe interactions, soil science, genetics, and post-harvest technologies, all of which provide training and knowledge in a discipline that is critical to the health of the Australian economy.

USQ is unique with its regional proximity to some of the most productive farming areas in the country and you will learn about the impacts of agricultural practices on soil, water and other species to enable you to contribute to the sustainability of the broader agricultural environment.

Want to study externally while you work? At USQ, you have the flexibility to adapt your study to your life.

As a graduate you will be aware of the pressures facing food producers in ensuring sufficient, safe and nutritious food for world populations and will be prepared for future opportunities and challenges in the agricultural industry.

Agricultural scientists are employed by the government, agriculture and horticulture producers, farmer groups and agribusiness to do research, and even by mining companies working on regeneration. With global food demand increasing, the job prospects for agricultural scientists are very good.

 
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
plus 1 x first 8-unit major
8
plus 1 x second 8-unit major plus 4 x approved courses
or 12 x approved courses
12
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9352
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21640

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2018 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank to which an offer was made is 17/62. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended prior study: Mathematics B and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science21 or equivalent. If students do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then they will be required to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906995
Toowoomba 906991

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November.
  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.