Bachelor of Science (Plant Agricultural Science)
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.
Other majors for the Bachelor of Science include: Astronomical and Space Sciences, Computing, Counselling, Environment & Sustainability, Food Science, Human Physiology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics & Statistics, Psychology, Psychology Extended, Physical Sciences and Wine Science.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|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.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 17/62. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.
Entry requirements for Semester 3, 2019
- Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) and Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
- Recommended prior study: Mathematics B and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalent. If you do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then you will be required to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.
Entry requirements for Semester 1, 2020
- Subject pre-requisite:Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent.
To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in:
We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.
In addition, it is also recommended that you have studied Mathematics B, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalent. If you do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then you 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.
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.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2018.
How to apply
- Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
- have never studied with USQ before, or
- are a Year 12 student, or
- want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.
- Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
- are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
- have recently graduated from TAFE.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.