The agricultural industry is faced with new and emerging challenges creating a need for graduates who have practical experience, knowledge of cutting-edge technology and the leadership potential to help drive adoption of innovation at every stage of primary production. The Bachelor of Agriculture prepares you for the rigours of the ‘real’ world and ensures graduates are skilled to make a difference in the context of the emerging opportunities that a high tech agricultural industry provides.
The course delivers the right mix of skills-based training and research-led teaching to succeed in today’s agribusiness, livestock and cropping industries and is the only degree of its kind in tropical Australia.
CQUniversity is the only university offering vocational education pathways into the agriculture diploma and bachelor courses thanks to our partnerships with the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) and Victoria’s Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST). Through this partnership you’ll benefit from project-based training on extensive crop, dairy, sheep, equine and beef production facilities. Graduates from QATC and RIST can apply for direct entry into the Bachelor of Agriculture.
The Bachelor of Agriculture has an embedded Diploma in Agriculture in the first year, allowing you to build your learning with a strong focus on competency. In the second year, you will build your core skills by developing your systematic thinking by learning about emerging agricultural innovation through an industry placement. You will select two out of three specialisations, livestock, cropping or business, during the course. In your third year you will acquire information about agricultural practices and technology and develop advanced level technical and people-management skills. You will complete the course by producing a real world consulting project that will address a client driven whole-of-system problem.
Why Study Agriculture at CQUniversity
Hands-on, practical experience
We offer courses that include work placements, allowing you to put the theory you learn into hands-on practice. Our placements also allow you to build important networks with industry and increase your work-ready skills, giving you the competitive edge when seeking employment.
Up-to-date and industry relevant
CQUniversity consults with industry when developing and reviewing courses and units to ensure content is up-to-date and meeting demands of employers.
The minor in Agricultural Business combines the study in agricultural science with the various business disciplines such as management and finance as well as agricultural production which prepares you for leadership roles across all sectors in the industry.
The Cropping minor will introduce you to systems used in irrigated and dryland farming, whilst also equipping you with skills to devise strategies around the appropriate use of fertiliser, crop rotation, precision agriculture, pest and disease management, yield improvement and enterprise planning.
The Livestock minor will allow you to develop knowledge of contemporary Livestock Management Systems with emphasis on sustainability, animal welfare, organic and free range methodologies.
Entry Requirement: Year 12 equivalent
Course Duration: 3 years