Courses & Units

Agriculture & Environmental Science

The future depends on the development and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in tune with environmental factors and impacts. Agricultural and environmental scientists are at the forefront in tackling some of the world's most complex challenges and will be integral to creating new industries, opportunities and breakthroughs. The need for specialist knowledge and skills in supporting agriculture and the environment has never been greater.

To address this, the University has a core focus on agricultural, geographic and environmental issues and education.

Drawing on Tasmania's unique environment, with easy access to World Heritage and wilderness areas, marine environments and geological diversity, the University of Tasmania offers a range of focused and distinctive courses.

With opportunities spanning aspects of science, business, tourism, design and engineering, careers are many and varied in the government and private sectors on a state, national and international level.

Our researchers are committed to undertaking quality research and in developing collaborative links with scientific and business communities, including cooperative research centres in fields such as separation science, geological research, food safety, ocean monitoring, climate and ecosystems. This high-quality new thinking feeds into our teaching and will energise your student experience.

"In the next 50 years, we'll need to produce as much food as have in the preceeding 10,000 [years]."

Why study Agriculture & Environmental Science?

The global population is projected to grow 40% by 2050. Feeding this growing global population, while safeguarding our natural resources for the future, is now the most pressing issue facing the world.

The interconnected and cutting-edge disciplines of geography, environmental studies, spatial science, agricultural science and food systems are at the forefront of tackling these complex challenges and will be integral to planning natural and built environments, creating new industries, opportunities and breakthroughs.

Career options include:

  • Agricultural economist
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Botanist
  • Communicator/education officer
  • Eco-tourism operator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Mining consultant
  • Natural resources manager
  • Overseas development worker
  • Plant scientist
  • Researcher
  • Rural finance counsellor
  • Soil scientist
  • Spatial scientist
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability resource manager
  • Tourism business owner
  • Viticulturalist

We collaborate closely with industry and organisations - both locally and internationally - to give staff and students exciting, challenging opportunities to further their careers and to contribute to the local and global community.

Career profile

"The University of Tasmania is a sensational opportunity to extend to beyond the limits. I mean teaching and the facilities provided are sensational."

David Brunton

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
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