Passionate about creating an environmentally sustainable future? More than just providing the food on our tables, agriculture makes a significant contribution to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of society. The agricultural science major will set you up to make such a contribution.

Agricultural science is the study of the science and management of biological systems for the sustainable production of food and fibre. Biology, chemistry, and mathematics and statistics underpin this major, with a choice of specialisations in Agricultural Science, Crop Science and Animal Production. You can choose to integrate this major with breadth studies in areas such as economics, business, social sciences and natural resource management.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Agriculture.

Azlin Moslemi

“I want to find out how ray blight disease infects and colonises pyrethrum plants in Australia. There are still many unknown things about this pathogen that haven’t been diagnosed. This research is very important because these plants produce pyrethrins, one of the safest pesticides in the world, for both humans and the environment.”


  • Career Outcomes

    Studies in agricultural science will prepare you for careers in the agricultural sector in areas such as agribusiness, research and development organisations, public and private extension agencies, government and policy agencies and private consulting companies.

    Agricultural Scientists have a higher than average proportion of full-time jobs and earnings are above average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with an Agricultural Science major are very well prepared for:

    • Pathways to further study in agribusiness, agricultural and animal sciences;
    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, the Melbourne School of Engineering, the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Agricultural Science

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective