Agribusiness and Agricultural Science major

The global population is increasing and with it comes the need for a profitable and economically viable agribusiness sector to meet the food and fibre demand of humanity. The agribusiness sector is important and dynamic in producing food and fibre, consumer expenditure and employment creation. The sector also faces many challenges that requires innovative and visionary leadership. The double major in Agribusiness and Agricultural Sciences will provide students with unique the opportunity to be part of this growing sector. Students learn both the agricultural science and business and managerial economic knowledge and skills necessary to address the scientific and managerial challenges in food systems and value chains.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of agribusiness markets and agricultural science in Australia and globally; (2) demonstrate skills and knowledge to assess agricultural value chains and markets using experimental, modelling and statistical methods; (3) understand fundamental agricultural policy, economic, and management tools for agribusiness applications; (4) demonstrate capacity to solve agribusiness-related problems using data analysis, GIS, business strategy and modeling methods; (5) integrate agricultural, scientific and market data with farming systems information to guide agribusiness decision making for improved efficiency, profitability and/or environmental outcomes; (6) demonstrate networking, communication and leadership skills; and (7) apply relevant employability skills to agribusiness and agricultural science.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office. If you are completing this major in a Combined Bachelor's masters Course, you have elected to pursue a highly specialised and in-depth program of study in your chosen field. While you are encouraged to use the free elective units available in your course to study in other disciplines offered at UWA, your formal requirement to broaden your course will be met through the Honours and Postgraduate units which form an integral part of your course.

Prerequisites

ATAR Mathematics Methods or equivalent or higher

Agribusiness and Agricultural Science can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Agribusiness and Agricultural Science is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • six Level 1 units
  • six Level 2 units
  • five Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Students required to take bridging mathematics and or chemistry are advised to take these units in their first year of study.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ACCT1100 Business Reporting and Analysis
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting; FINA1221 Introduction to Finance
S1 AGRI1001 Feeding the World
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ECON1000 Economics for Business
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets; ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1, S2 MKTG1203 Introduction to Marketing
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MKTG2203 Marketing Management
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications ATAR
Or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Incompatibility:
Unit STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (ID 397)
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1721. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and MATH1721.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
Mathematics Methods ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
equivalent .
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1; MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus; MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods;
or
STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Prerequisites:
Completion of 6 Points Unit BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
Or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
Or
AGRI1001 Feeding the World (ID 7250) And Completion of 6 Points Unit SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis (ID 1288)
Or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science (ID 388)
Or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (ID 397)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ECON2245 Business Economics
Prerequisites:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 MKTG2301 Small Business Management
Prerequisites:
MKTG1203 Introduction to Marketing
or
MKTG1342 Introduction to Enterprise and Innovation
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT3301 Small Business Management
S1, S2 SCIE2205 Science Work Placement
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A AGRI3004 Agribusiness Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 Points And Unit AGRI1001 Feeding the World (ID 7250)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 ANIM Unit
Or
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems (ID 5825)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites:
Unit AGRI1001 Feeding the World (ID 7250)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Agribusiness and Agricultural Science degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

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This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .